REPUBLIC ACT 9163 OR NSTP Republic Act 9163 is an act establishing the National Service Training Program (NSTP

) for tertiary level students. Its short title is "National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001." It was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines on December 19, 2001. It was subsequently approved by Philippine President Gloria MacapagalArroyo last January 23, 2002. The implementation of RA 9163 commenced in School Year 2002-2003.
What is meant by the National Service Training Program? The National Service Training Program (NSTP) is defined under Republic Act No. 9163, section 3, as a program aimed at enhancing civic consciousness and defense preparedness in the youth by developing the ethics of service and patriotism while undergoing training in any of its three program components.

How can NSTP enhance civic consciousness and defense preparedness? Since NSTP is training, civic consciousness can be enhanced by doing community immersion which is an integral part of Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) and Literacy Training Service (LTS) while defense preparedness is enhanced through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).