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Republic Act No. 9163, which was signed on Jan. 23, 2002, is an act establishing the National Service Training Program (NSTP) for tertiary level students, amending for the purpose, Republic Act No. 7077 and Presidential Decree No. 1706, and for other purposes. Starting school year 2002-2003 all upcoming freshman college students to become cadets who will be trained under the National Service Program. The National Service program also prescribes that women students will also be mandated to take the said course.