Makati City First District Congressman, Romulo Kid Peña happily announced to his constituents on the signing into law of the Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) and Values Education Act by President Rodrigo Duterte. The law states that as part of the K to 12 curriculum, it institutionalizes a more comprehensive GMRC and Values Education program in the present basic education system, and replaces the current Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao subject.
Cong. Peña, one of the principal sponsors of the law, says that he is very proud of this accomplishment as a neophyte lawmaker as he has been championing values formation for the youth ever since he led Makati’s Sangguniang Kabataan in his early years as a young community leader.
“This is probably the most important law I have pushed this year, given my longtime advocacies in helping the youth,” said Peña.
Republic Act 11476, or the GMRC and Values Education Act, is defined as the certain and particular universally accepted basic social values and etiquette and/or proper modes of behavior that convey respect to those whom one interacts with.
Values Education, meanwhile, refers to the process that provides young people internalization of values which aims at student’s grasp of underlying principles together with the ability to act on those principles, and the settled disposition to do so.
The GMRC program will be integrated into the daily activities of kindergarten students while it will be taught as a separate subject for students in Grades 1 to 6. It will be made part of the Values Education subject which will be taught to students from Grades 7 to 10. Senior high school students will have Values Education integrated into all of their subjects.
In 2013, GMRC was removed as a regular subject from the K to 12 curriculum when Values Education was integrated with other subjects such as Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao and Araling Panlipunan.
“The signing of the GMRC and Values Education Law is timely given the blended learning that DepEd will be implementing this school year. How the education department will execute the IRR to adapt to this new normal is worth watching for,” concluded Peña.