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Knowledge is power: Isko Moreno wants bigger investment in GMRC, STEM

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The city government of Manila will invest more resources to bring back Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) program in all schools, Mayor Isko Moreno said.

Moreno told officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Manila Division of City Schools that the main target of the revival of the GMRC program would bring back “respect and compassion for each other.”

“Kapag nabalik yung respect to point of views, importante iyon. While we argue, while we disagree, but there is certain level of respect among each other, sa tingin ko tatamaan lahat yun, na kapag alam niyang may mali, alam niyang hindi niya dapat gawin iyon,” he said.

Moreno said the local government will also help in strengthening the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program for senior high schools by building more Science and Math laboratories.

“We’ll be gladly to support. Anything na pwede naming magawa in our own little way, with the help of Superintendent and the school board, to redirect, go back towards a journey of developing the next generation, the next Batang Maynila while we address the existing one and bring it back right to the community,” he said.

The meeting was held as the national government was also discussing the Implementing Rules and Regulations for the implementation of Republic Act No. 11476, otherwise known as GMRC and Values Education Act for the country.

Under the law, the GMRC program shall be taught as a separate subject for students from Grade 1 to Grade 12, with the same time allotment of other subjects.