PEOPLE, including parents and law enforcement authorities, concede that there are now more crimes being committed by youngsters not only in urban centers but throughout the country.
Various quarters blamed this partly on the absence of good manners and right conduct (GMRC) and values education subjects in the curriculum of the “K to 12” basic education program.
That’s why the Filipino people applauded when President Duterte, a former state prosecutor, signed Republic Act (RA) No. 11476, otherwise known as the “GMRC and Values Education Act.”
The new legislation calls for the return to our curriculum for Grades 1 to 6 the subject GMRC and to Grades 7 to 12 the subject Values Education, said Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez.
A lawyer, Rodriguez urged the Department of Education (DepEd), headed by Secretary Leonor Briones, to now prepare for the reintroduction of said subjects in the country’s schools.
Rodriguez, chairman of the influential House committee on constitutional amendments, aired the appeal days after President Duterte signed the “GMRC and Values Education Act.”
The Cagayan de Oro solon said it is no longer possible to implement the law this coming school year because DepEd will still have to issue its implementing rules and regulations (IRRs).
But he was quick to emphasize that the government must reintroduce these much-needed subjects as soon as possible.
Last year, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri lamented that “we see rising criminality…committed by youngsters and adults who have not undergone GMRC as we had in the old days.”
Zubiri said “we witness this low level of discipline and disrespectful behavior of children and teens,” who are most vulnerable to the use of illegal drugs.
Our lawmakers, including Congressman Rodriguez, look forward to a dynamic implementation of the “GMRC and Values Education Act.”