Programs on Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) and Values Education will now be integrated into the country's school system after President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act 11476 or the GMRC and Values Education Act on Thursday, June 25.
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia in her virtual presser on Friday, June 26, expressed her gratitude to President Duterte for institutionalizing GMRC and Values Education in the K-to-12 curriculum.
“I would like to thank the President for signing into law something that is so basic and yet is so utterly lacking nowadays. Nawa nani atong Good Manners and Right Conduct and Values Education. So salamat kaayo sa atong mahal nga Presidente nga mahibalik kini sa atong educational system,” she said.
Garcia said the GMRC and Values Education program in the K-to-12 curriculum of the Department of Education (DepEd) will replace the existing Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao (ESP) subject.
“GMRC shall be taught from Grades 1 to 6 as a separate subject with the same time allotment as the other core subjects, and shall be integrated in the daily learning activities in the kindergarten level,” the law read.
It added that the curriculum will be focusing on the basic tenets of GMRC, such as caring for oneself, giving concern for others, according proper respect to people, upholding discipline and order, cultivating sincerity, honesty, obedience, and above all, love for country.
Meanwhile, Values Education will be taught from Grades 7 to 10 as a separate subject with the same allotment as the other core subjects.
Values education also shall be integrated in the classes of Grades 11 and 12 under the K-to-12 Basic Education Curriculum. (Mylen Manto)