This study determined the communication capacity building needs of RepublicAct 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000) enforcers. Specifically, it:
(1) determined the enforcers’ knowledge regarding RA 9003, (2) determined the
knowledge, perception, and practices in communication desirable for their job, (3) soughtwhich of these knowledge, perception, and practices in communication did they posses,and (4) identified the gaps which could be addressed by training in communication.Through a community survey, self-administered questionnaires were distributedto 32 RA 9003 enforcers consisting of 11 barangay captains, 23 barangay councilors,and 2 barangay employees. Of these, majority (68.75%) had a low knowledge level incommunicating RA 9003. Majority noted that the best way to disseminate provisions ofRA 9003 is through interpersonal communication which runs counter to what the lawprescribes of broad-based or mediated communication. No wonder then that the law onsolid waste management has not been properly enforced.Skills gaps identified were on writing, conceptualizing, and choosing theappropriate mass media, nature of communication and communicationchannels/strategies that they could use and more intensive seminars in communicatingRA 9003.
capacity building needs, RA 9003, environmental law enforcers