Village-Level Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices on Solid Waste Management in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines
One hundred village residents of San Lorenzo South in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna were surveyed to determine their knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) on solid waste management, their preferred information sources and feedback system. Premised on the Theory of Reasoned Action by Fishbein and Azjen (1975) and behavior change models, the study determined the relationship of the independent variables (age, gender, education, income) with the dependent variables (knowledge, attitude, practice or KAP) and between KAP as variables using the Pearson’s correlation test. Relationships were tested at 0.1 and 0.5 levels of significance. One way ANOVA was used to test the significance of the means and t-test for independent means as post hoc test.
Majority of the respondents were middle aged, female, college graduates, and earned zero to low-income. Their knowledge was positively related to education, income and age; attitude was positively related to education and income; knowledge was the only variable correlated to practice. Other factors were found to make people act.
Effective interpersonal communication channels for village-level SWM were barangay officials, government workers, homeowners’ association officials, or seminars/trainings. For media, cable television channels must be explored. Various development communication strategies were drawn for SWM campaigns to sustain favorable behavior.
Key words: Solid waste management; knowledge, attitude and behavior; Waste Management Act; biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste; segregation, reuse and recycling; community-based information media
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