The Palawan State University started offering the National Service Training Program (NSTP) during the first semester of SY 2002-2003. This was in compliance with Republic Act 9163 which was signed into law by Pres. Gloria Arroyo last March 23, 2002, “establishing the National Service Training Program (NSTP) for tertiary level students amending for the purpose Republic Act No. 7077 and Presidential Decree No. 1706…” Section 10 of the Act provides that the school authorities shall exercise academic and administrative supervision over the design, formulation, adoption and implementation of the different NSTP components in their respective schools.

NSTP is 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, namely the Reserve Officers Trainings Corps (ROTC); The Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS); and the Literacy Training Service (LTS).

Palawan State University offers and implements three of the program components of NSTP: The ROTC, CWTS and LTS. The ROTC provides military training to incoming freshmen students to motivate, train, organize and mobilize the latter for national defense preparedness. CWTS, on the other hand, refers to activities contributory to the general welfare and the betterment of life of the members of the community as well as for the enhancement of their facilities, especially those devoted to improving health, education, environment, entrepreneurship, safety, recreation and morale of citizenry and other social welfare services. CWTS serves as an option for incoming freshmen who do not wish to undergo military training and opt for community service. LTS is a program designed to become teachers of literacy and numeracy skills to school children, out of school youth.