SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Rep. Roman Romulo (Lone District, Pasig City) today approved the creation of a technical working group (TWG) that will consolidate 5 bills seeking to institutionalize a national values, good manners and moral uprightness program. Topping the list of bills is House Bill No. (HB) 1 or “An Act Institutionalizing a National Values, Etiquette, and Moral Uprightness Program,” authored by Speaker Alan Peter “Compañero” Cayetano.
Other bills for consolidation are: HB 609 of Rep. Resurreccion Acop and HB 4259 of Rep. Lorna Silverio, both titled as “An Act Institutionalizing Good Manners and Right Conduct and Character Education in the Curriculum of Elementary and Secondary Levels; HB 721 of Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez or “An Act Including Values Formation as a Separate Subject in the Elementary and Secondary Curricula and Appropriating Funds Therefor; and HB 3970 of Rep. Jose Antonio ‘Kuya’ Sy-Alvarado or “An Act Institutionalizing a National Values, Etiquette, and Moral Uprightness Program. The committee named Rep. Cyrille Abueg-Zaldivar (2nd District, Palawan) as TWG head.
In the explanatory note of HB 1, Speaker Cayetano said that in the advent of social media and how it has evolved to be indispensable in people’s daily lives, it is important that Etiquette and Moral Uprightness are also introduced and taught for everyone to keep up with the modern era and act according to a customary set of behaviour. “As the Philippines develops and its economy grows, it is essential that we do not forget who we are as a people, our divine purpose and duties to our nation,” Speaker Cayetano said.
Department of Education Undersecretary Tonisito Umali said during the hearing that it is really a great challenge to the DepEd to ensure that the values education subjects it teaches to students are actually practiced and adopted by the children. Rep. Romulo asked DepEd to submit its research or study that would show the effectiveness of the agency’s values education subjects being taught to students.