International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 1, Issue 9, Part K (2015)
Environmental awareness of grade schoolers in the municipality of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines
Jerry B Superales
The awareness on environmental condition and problems are necessary to render environmental actions. This study serves as a useful undertaking in determining the environmental awareness level of grade schoolers emphasizing the level of vulnerability, adaptation measures, and coping mechanisms. Respondents were the randomly chosen elementary pupils in the five selected schools representing a municipality of Zamboanga del Sur. Standardized checklist was used as the main method to generate data and appropriate statistical tools for the analysis. The study revealed that most of the respondents (62%) were significantly aware on environmental issues like flooding, storm surges, and the changes of temperature during day and night time. Respondents (78-88%) were highly vulnerable to flooding events and variation of temperatures. They considered some coping and adaptation strategies such as to sale livestock (66-93%), get loans from lending institutions, cooperative, and private individuals (68-92%), receive support from family, relatives, friends, and government (54-81%), and engage in small and alternative business (55-87%) when exposed to environmental crisis. The school authorities and teachers should provide timely information about the current environmental condition in the locality to reduce the risks and vulnerabilities of the elementary grade pupils to natural calamities and disasters.
How to cite this article:
Jerry B Superales. Environmental awareness of grade schoolers in the municipality of Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines. International Journal of Applied Research. 2015; 1(9): 711-715.