Pastorbluejeans Unplugged Weekender: GMRC, the Renaming of NAIA and the Bible’s Stress on Early Training of Kids, and the Reasons for the Change of Biblical Names Persons and Places.
Schools are once again going to have Good Manners and Right Conduct classes, as Republic Act 11476, or the GMRC and Values Education Act, was signed into law Thursday, June 25, 2020. Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, and the principal author of the bill, thanked the President for his swift action on the measure. He also said that, “the signing of the Republic Act 11476 is really timely.
Zubiri hopes that the Department of Education “can work on the IRR in time for the opening of classes come August.” “With many schools set on implementing distance learning, it’s going to be even more vital that we give our students formative guidance through GMRC and Values Education,” he added.
The senator further said, “Kids are going to be at home all day, learning in isolation from their peers. They’re not going to have the natural avenues for empathetic learning that springs from face-to-face interaction with their peers and with their teachers. Hopefully, a strengthened GMRC and Values Education program will make up for that.”
The law institutionalizes a comprehensive GMRC and Values Education program in the K-12 curriculum of the Department of the Education, replacing the current Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao curriculum. GMRC will be integrated into daily activities in the kindergarten level, and then it will be taught as a separate subject from Grades 1 to 6. Grades 7 to 10 will be taught a Values Education subject, into which GMRC shall be integrated. For Grades 11 and 12, Values Education shall be integrated in all subjects under the K-12 Basic Education Curriculum.
GMRC was previously dissolved as a subject under the K-12 program in 2013.
Senator Zubiri disclosed that, “When we drafted this law, we thought it would be important to bring back GMRC because it would arm our kids with stronger moral codes that they would need in order to navigate this increasingly technological world. We didn’t anticipate that the world would basically grind to a halt, and all our interactions would move online. So the passage of this act is quite timely, and I hope it serves our students well.” (www.ptvnews.ph)
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” (NKJV)
The Bible promotes the importance of early training. Proverbs 22:6 parents are told to bring up their children in a way that prepares them for the experiences they will face in the life ahead. Early Training secures habitual walking in it.
The Renaming of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
MANILA – A bill renaming the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas has been filed at the House of Representatives. Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte filed the bill House Bill No. 703 on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Congressman Duterte said that “there is a need to identify the country’s largest international airport as belonging to the Philippines by using the Filipino language.”
“We need a more representative branding for the international gateway of our country, thus our proposal renaming NAIA to the Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas. Aside from it bearing our country’s name, it is in our national language,” Duterte said.
“We want it to reflect the legacy of the Filipino people, our everyday heroes. The name bears no color, no political agenda. It only signifies our warmth as Filipinos in welcoming our own kababayans and foreign visitors,” he added.
The bill was co-authored by Marinduque Rep. and House energy committee chair Lord Allan Jay Velasco and ACT-CIS Rep. and House appropriations committee chair Eric Go Yap.
Velasco said the proposal aims to reposition the Philippines as a choice tourist destination as the country prepares to reopen to travelers once the pandemic is over.
“Renaming it to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas will not only benefit and bolster our brand as a destination hub but will also strengthen the country’s identity,” Velasco said.
“Changing the name of NAIA to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas gives every Filipino a great sense of pride and ownership of the country’s biggest and largest international airport,” Velasco added.
Yap, meanwhile, said while national roads and institutions have been named after notable personalities, the country’s main international gateway should reflect the Philippines and the Filipino nation.
“Gusto natin na paglapag pa lang ng eroplano dito, pangalan na agad ng bansa natin ang bubungad sa ating mga balik-bayan pati sa mga turista mula sa ibang bansa. Ating iparamdam sa kanila na sila ay nakauwi na sa kanilang tahanan (Once the airplane lands here, we want the name of our country to be the first thing to welcome returning Filipinos and foreign tourists. Let us make them feel that they have finally come home),” Yap said.
It was in 1987 that the original name of the biggest airport in the country, Manila International Airport (MIA), was renamed to Ninoy Aquino International Airport through Republic Act No. 6639. (PNA) www.pna.gov.ph
Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (IATA: MNL, ICAO: RPLL), which is also known under its codename ‘Nichols Field’ (Nichols), started its operation in 1935 in Grace Park, Caloocan. Initially was used by the Philippine Air Lines (Philippine Aerial Taxi Company back then) for the domestic flights only.
In July 1937, the airport became the hub for the flights to Manila. Only in 1948, the airport was moved to the nowadays site ‘Nichols Field/Nichols Air Base’ which was established in 1919 and later on became the home for the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
In the bible names of persons and places change overtime. Biblical writers use names of places that are familiar to the people of their time. Names also change for the same reasons. Like for example the name Jesus. First it was Yehoshua, then it was shortened to Yeshua. Afterwards, due to Greek influence it became “IESOUS.” Eventually, due to Latin influence it evolved into “IESUS.” Next when the letter “J” was introduced into England during the Norman Invasion, all male names that began with “I” or “Y” were replaced with “J” because it sounded more masculine.
Other reason for the change of names are their conversion to a new faith and mission in life. Simon’s name was changed to Peter for he will be the “rock” where the church is to be built. He became the first leader of the church. He is the first vicar of Christ, according to the Roman Catholic Church. Levi’s name was changed to Matthew because of his conversion. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel because of his role in the formation of the nation of Israel.
Thus changes of names of persons and places go with the time and purpose. It is time that we should rekindle the sense of patriotism and love of country, so the other nations will also respect and value our native land.
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