The House of Representatives ratified a bicameral conference committee report returning the subject good manners and right conduct (GMRC) and values education in schools.
Under the approved bill, GMRC and values education shall replace the Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao curriculum of the Department of Education.
“This measure is vital to prevent perennial problems of the society like corruption, crime and illegal drugs,” Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said.
“The GMRC shall be integrated in the daily learning activities of kindergarten students, while it shall be taught as a separate subject for students, with the same time allotment as the other core subjects, from Grades 1 to 6,” it said.
Values education shall also be taught as a separate subject for Grade 7 to 10 students.
Once the measure is signed into law, the new curriculum shall focus on GMRC’s basic tenets “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 of country.