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HERDIN Record #: R10-DOH-17031412053949

Knowledge, attitude and behaviors related to climate change in Cagayan de Oro City: implications to public health policies and practices.

1Lesley C. Lubos,
2Jasper Kent M. Ola,
3David  A. Mendoza,
4Donna Lou  Neri,
5Karen Kaye D. Alcesto,
6Adylynne Grace M. Lacuna,
7Al G. Daven
Research and Development - Department of Health,
Research Department - Liceo De Cagayan University

Abstract

Climate change is one of the most felt environmental threat globally, in the country, and in the city of Cagayan de Oro today. The city has endured 5 strong typhoons since 2006, which swept away thousands of lives and communities. This study determined the socio-demographic profile of the residents in the coastal, river, rural and urban barangays of Cagayan de Oro City and described their knowledge, attitude, and behaviors towards climate change, as well as to find out the relationship among these variables.  A cross-sectional survey, with a total of 10, 165 respondents was conducted using a modified  questionnaire. The data collected revealed that most of the respondents are young and middle adults, Roman Catholics of Cebuano origin and who were able to get college education but are only rank and file employees in both private and public institutions receiving below minimum wages. They perceived that they have a fair amount of knowledge about climate change, they are also moderately concerned on the occurring changes in the environment and are moderately practicing some mitigating actions toward curbing the consequences brought about this phenomenon. Pearson correlation results showed that all three variables: knowledge, attitude and behavior significantly influence one another, and that, except for religion, all socio-demographic variables significantly relates to knowledge, attitude and behavior. Also, gender does not influence behavior towards climate change mitigation. Following the Health Belief Model, these results imply that there is a need to conduct wide public dissemination and in depth information about the causes and consequences of climate change, as well as the appropriate actions to mitigate it. Moreover, it is recommended that appropriate agencies must provide strategic directions for government policy, adaptation strategies and development of community-based guidelines.

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Publication Type:
Research Project
Date:
January 11, 2015-July 15, 2016

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