Sources of Information and Knowledge, Attitude and Practice on Solid Waste Management of a Fishing Community

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SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, AND PRACTICES ON SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT OF A FISHING COMMUNITY

Mary Ann B. Nicolas
Thesis Student
College of Development Communication University of the Philippines Los Baños

Dr. Ma. Theresa H. Velasco
Adviser and Chairperson
Department of Science Communication
College of Development Communication, University of the Philippines Los Baños

Nancy Tandang
Statistical Consultant and Assistant Professor I
Institute of Statistics, University of the Philippines Los Baños

List of Abbreviations

KAP Knowledge, attitudes, and practices
SAQ Self- administered questionnaire
DENR
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A negative outcome on segregation, composting, re-use and recycling, and waste reduction practices.

Mass media was found to be weakly related in both knowledge and practice on waste disposal, while it was not significantly related to attitudes.

Key Words: Sources of information, knowledge, attitudes, practice, mass media community media, interpersonal media, solid waste management

INTRODUCTION

The problem on solid waste management is one of many environmental concerns of the country. The irresponsible dumping of wastes into river, along the streets and drainage systems cause water pollution, floods, and traffic. People who live along coastal areas have become accustomed to the situation where unsightly garbage dumps remain uncollected, unmindful of the trash scattered around them. Because of waste uncollected, they just dump their households’ wastes along the coastal shores causing the pollution of the immediate surrounding of the sea. Garbage dumps also pose dangers to human health because these places breed insects and other pests.

Due to the uncontrollable dumping of wastes that causes environmental degradation, the government passed a law on solid waste management. The Republic Act No. 9003 which is “an act providing for an ecological solid waste management program, creating the necessary institutional mechanics and incentives, declaring certain acts prohibiting and providing

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