International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences

Int. j. adv. appl. sci.

EISSN: 2313-3724

Print ISSN: 2313-626X

Volume 4, Issue 7  (July 2017), Pages:  110-115

Title:  Solid waste management response of selected public secondary school science teachers

Author(s):  Van Ryan Kristopher R. Galarpe 1, *, Brawner Brian L. Heyasa 2


1Physics Department, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, Cagayan de Oro 9000, Philippines
2Department of Electronics Engineering, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, Cagayan de Oro 9000, Philippines

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This paper tried to descriptively determine the practice of secondary public schools in Cagayan de Oro Philippines, vital sector to initialize information drive in students and community. This was conducted to identify the extent of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Republic Act 9003 mandate on SWM to public secondary schools. A survey questionnaire was administered to 45 science teachers and followed by ocular visit to surveyed schools. Overall, the survey showed positive level of awareness, attitude, and practices of teachers towards SWM. Practices however were selectively better in some schools through establishing recycling and composting options. Generally, the absence of a recommended material recovery facility (MRF) was common. Present findings served as basis to review existing policy framework in DepEd and the local government units (LGUs) to support SWM in educational sectors. 

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Keywords: DepEd, RA 9003, Solid waste management

Article History: Received 19 January 2017, Received in revised form 27 May 2017, Accepted 3 June 2017

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Galarpe VRKR and  Heyasa BBL (2017). Solid waste management response of selected public secondary school science teachers. International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences, 4(7): 110-115


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