Bishop: Values ed in schools should be more timely

Bishop: Values ed in schools should be more timely

Nueva Segovia Archbishop Marlo Mendoza Peralta, D.D. MELO ACUÑA

VIGAN, Ilocos Sur – Nueva Segovia Archbishop Marlo Mendoza Peralta, D.D. believes Catholic schools in his ecclesial province should discuss the drug issue and other social issues as part of values education.

“We also discuss matters about extra-judicial killings and why these killings are wrong,” said 66-year-old prelate, noting that values formation should include discussing current events.

Peralta, an active member of the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education, said if Catholic schools fail to strengthen its values education program, the youth “may probably acquire values which may not be Christian.”

According to the prelate, this is true because Filipino youth are looking for role models and values.

In the archdiocese, Peralta said Nueva Segovia’s youth director actively organizes events at the vicariate level and so far, attendance has been encouraging.

There are nine primary schools, 13 secondary schools and tertiary institutions run by Divine Word College of Vigan, St. Paul College of Vigan, and St. William Institute among others.

According to Peralta, values education in the country’s Catholic schools may be getting a major overhaul.

“At the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCE), we have been unanimous in revising the present format because situations have changed,” he further explained.

He said they have already approved the changes to suit modern situations and circumstances. CBCPNews