“Level of Awareness of LPU-Laguna Students in Waste Segregation Practices”
Evangelista, Rose Anne B. Habacon, Meladine C. Students, Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna College of International Tourism and Hospitality Management Culinary Arts and Kitchen Operations
The study aims to provide information of the “level of awareness of LPU-Laguna students in waste Segregation Practices and to monitor the importance of students in waste segregation inside the campus of the school. In making this research we are going to know the result by using a survey of the students. We are going to find out this problem which can help the environment by the help of 30 students of Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna.
Keywords: Plastics, Foods, Glass, Paper, Metal, others
Education is an essential part of our existence which is why approximately 23 million of the Philippines population today is enrolled in elementary and secondary education. Of the 23million, around 20 million are students of public schools while the rest, about 3 million, are enrolled in private schools. With the recent implementation last June 4, 2012 of the K 12educational system, this number will increase exponentially in the years to come. A public school refers to all state- owned schools, colleges and universities (House Bill No. 1512 “Public School Security Act of 2012”)
Due to the expected rise in the number of enrollees because of the new educational system, the government has increased the 2013 DepEd budget by 22.6 percent to P292.7 billion, from P238.8 billion this year, to cater to the needs of public schools and to help them be as competitive as the private ones. In particular, funding for the Basic Educational Facilities and the School Building Program is increased by more than 50 percent from P17.4 billion this year toP26.3 billion in 2013 (2013 Budget Message of President Aquino).
To complement all the improvements, the government will construct 90,461 water and sanitation facilities to address the largest single environmental headache for schools which is waste.
Environmental health is one of the main concerns of schools and the government because it directly affects the students as well as the surrounding communities. Almost a quarter of the population are elementary and secondary students and as a group, they have an enormous impact on the environment. This impact is geared towards a positive one. The capacity of these students to influence is used appropriately so as to raise awareness and to compel the rest of the population to do the responsible act of proper waste disposal.
The common types of wastes in schools are grass, leaves, paper and plastics and they arise from routine activities such as class work, sweeping, serving of food, and bush cutting. These wastes need efficient and effective management because they may result to foul odors, pest infestation, and spillages if handled otherwise.
The problems associated with the disposal of wastes are more numerous in public schools due to factors such as the lack of facilities and the absence of student trainings regarding proper waste management. Aside from that, the increasing ratio of students to public schools (20 million students to 45,700 schools) as compared to the ratio of students to private schools (3 million students to 13,300 schools) sheds light on the overcrowded condition of public schools. A large number of students confined in a limited space is more prone to committing unsanitary practices. Also, the rise in public school population increases the rate of waste generation.
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