CONCEPTUALIZATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY AMONG WOMEN IN MAGINDANAO
Arceli B. Naraga
Today, there is a need to give high priority to local government units to address environmental risks. A local study on the recent flash floods at Barangay Dalican in Odin Sinsuat, Magindanao revealed that the threat of floods is real and recent five floodings in the last decade clearly indicated an uptrend of its intensity… Wastes that are improperly discarded on the rivers were identified as one of the causes. It is in the context that a campus attempt to look into the various conceptualizations of environmental security and practices among the women residing in Barangay Dalican, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao was deemed necessary to guide the community in planning its extension activities.
This paper is both quantitative and qualitative research. It is quantitative since it involves a descriptive survey among the respondents. It is also qualitative because some other data are gathered through in-depth interviews with the respondents.
The study generated the following major findings: Ninety percent (90%) of respondents conceived environmental security as an environment where people are free from illnesses with safe drinking water; 98% admitted that there are threats to environmental security such as the problem on waste management. Ninety-eight percent (98%) answered that they are in fact helping the environment clean and ninety-six percent(96%) answered that are going to be activist on environmental cleanliness to promote eco-friendly society by letting people know of the consequences of littering and by promoting clean and green program.
Indeed the women in Dalican, DOS, Maguindanao have much to say on environmental security and could play a very significant role in environmental security by promoting a eco-friendly society