House OKs bill bringing back GMRC in schools

Aileen Cerrudo

The House of Representatives has approved the bill institutionalizing good manners and right conduct (GMRC) as part of the Department of Education (DepEd)’s K to 12 curricula.

With 225 affirmative votes and 0 negative votes, the members of the House approved House Bill No. 5829 of GMRC Act on the third and final reading.

“If enacted into law, the curriculum will focus on the basic tenets of good manners and right conduct such as caring for oneself, giving concern for others, according proper respect to people, upholding discipline and order, and cultivating sincerity, honesty, obedience, and above all, love for country,” according to the House’s press statement.

Under the GMRC Act, DepEd will be directed to conduct appropriate training for teachers and educators in kindergarten to grade three on GMRC.

According to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, it has been more than a decade since the GMRC was removed from the country’s basic education curriculum.

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of institutionalizing a separate subject that will teach our students our traditional Filipino values,” he said.—AAC

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