Bills seek to revive GMRC as separate subject in Basic Education

MANILA, Philippines – Several lawmakers are now looking at the positive impact of reviving the Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) as a separate subject in Basic Education curriculum.

Bills seek to revive GMRC as separate subject in Basic Education
Values Education should also be a top priority, says lawmakers | Photo Courtesy: Mabuhay Online

It can be recalled that with the new curriculum of the K to 12 program, GMRC was removed as a regular subject and was integrated in Social Studies or other related subjects.

House Bill No. 6705 or known as “ An Act to Revive Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) as a Separate Subject in the Basic Education” was introduced by Representative Salvador B. Belaro. Jr.

Belaro, who is the representative for 1-Ang Edukasyon Party-list, believes that it's timely to remind the youth about proper manners and core values. According to Belaro, the youth of today has a “surplusage of role models for their behavior owing to the information explosion in this age of the internet.”

The lawmaker also pointed at modernization as the creator of confusion in the minds of the youth. He also reiterated that pop culture isn't always “admirable and worthy of emulation.” Belaro added that pop culture even often poses as a threat in the promotion of good values to the youth.

The party-list representative said that under the act, the Department of Education will be mandated to create a ‘set menu’ of lessons that will be focused on teaching students good manners and right conduct. They are also tasked to formulate the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the act.

The lessons will promote basic tenets of respect for oneself, others, and our elders, as well as the teaching of the values of patience, perseverance, industry, honesty and good faith in dealing with other human beings.

Meanwhile, Senator Joseph Victor G. Ejercito has also submitted the Senate Bill No. 1855 or “An Act to Institutionalize Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) in the School Curriculum.”

According to Ejercito, the GMRC should be taught in elementary and secondary levels using the “Mother Tongue.”

The senator said, “GMRC is vital to the academic development of a Filipino child as a self-reliant and patriotic citizen. It is also the policy of the State that good manners and right conduct are indispensable for a member of a nation or society.”

— Sally, The Summit Express

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