In order to help students “learn respect and compassion for one another”, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso plans to revive the Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) and Values Education program in schools within his jurisdiction.
Recently, Moreno met with officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Division of City Schools to discuss plans on how they can bring back the subject to help the students.
Some of the officials present in the meeting including Manila Division of City Schools head Dr. Magdalena Lim, Supervising Specialist Mark Bercando, and DepEd’s Bureau of Curriculum Development chief Isabel Victorino and director Joyce Andaya.
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“Kapag nabalik yung respect to point of views, importante iyon. While we argue, while we disagree, but there is certain level of respect among each other, sa tingin ko tatamaan lahat yun, na kapag alam niyang may mali, alam niyang hindi niya dapat gawin iyon,” the mayor said.
“Ang malasakit kasi, it’s a big word. Maraming nang nakapaloob doon – respeto, pagpapahalaga, disiplina. When you care, you’ll understand naturally ultimo yung maliliit na bagay.”
The mayor’s statement only echoes the sentiment that so many people feel about today’s young minds. This is the reason why there were lots of calls for the DepEd to restore GMRC and Values Education to the country’s educational system.
Mayor Isko also vowed to build more laboratories to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs in senior high schools.
“We’ll be gladly to support. Anything na pwede naming magawa in our own little way, with the help of Superintendent and the school board, to redirect, go back towards a journey of developing the next generation, the next Batang Maynila while we address the existing one and bring it back right to the community,” Mayor Isko added.
“Ang paghulma sa bata as indibidwal sa kanyang pamayanan ay nakasalalay talaga sa paaralan kasi mas malaking portion ng oras sa loob ng isang araw, andoon siya sa educational institution, nasa care ng mga teacher.”
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Back in June 2020, Republic Act 11476 was signed into law by President Duterte. This law restores GMRC and Values Education as a separate subject from Grades 1 to 12.
Under the law, GMRC will be integrated into daily learning activities for Kindergarten pupils and taught as separate subject from Grades 1 to 6, replacing Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao (ESP).
Meanwhile, Grades 7 to 10 will have Values Education as a separate subject while Grades 11 to 12 will have the subject integrated into their current subjects.