By Marie Tonette Marticio
TACLOBAN City – An Waray party-list Rep. Florencio ‘Bem’ Noel expressed optimism on the passage of a law mandating the return of subjects on good manners and right conduct (GMRC) subject in schools’ curricula.
“It’s about time that schoolchildren be taught the basics of GMRC as part of the school curriculum,” he said.
Noel was among the congressmen who authored and pushed House Bill 5829 that was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives recently.
He said the proposed measure, which was a consolidation of nine versions or proposals, would require pupils to have sessions on GMRC starting Kindergarten until grade three.
Through the bill, GMRC would be officially included in the K-to-12 basic education program and will be taught as a separate subject.
The bill came into realization after the public manifested their desire to teach GMRC again to children who were said to now have developed “poor values” partly due to the influence of social media.
Lectures would include discipline and order, according proper respect to people, sincerity, honesty, obedience, “and above all, love for the country.”
The Department of Education (DepEd) has been assigned to provide training for teachers.
Noel said he was confident that their counterparts in the Senate would immediately approve the measure.