THE ECONOMIC CONDITIONS AND PERCEPTIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF BARANGAY BAO, ALAMADA, NORTH COATABATO TOWARDS MININGBy: BALLENTES, JOHN KARLO S.
Adviser: Lea E. Mostrales, MS
The study was undertaken to determine and describe the socio-economic conditions of the people of Barangay Bao, Alamada, Cotabato and relate these to their perceptions toward the issues of mining in their barangay. Perceptions toward mining issues in terms of the environmental, health social and economic aspects were considered.
There were 365 respondents. Majority of them were 21-30 years old, females and were of the Illongo tribe (73.70%). Most of them (95.53%) had low economic conditions represented by their low monthly gross income.
There is a significant relationship in perceptions in terms of the respondents’ age and monthly gross income ( F (5,395)= .767; p=.002). Results further show that there is no significant relationship between gender and monthly gross income (-8.084, df 363, p=0.391); educational attainment and the monthly gross income.( F (7, 357) =1.741; p=.098); respondents’ social grouping and the monthly gross income (F (5,359)= .612;p=.691); and respondents’ religion and the monthly gross income (F (11,353)= .318;p=.982).
On the respondents’ perception towards mining, they do not have idea on the social (mean=3.27) and economic (mean=3.27) aspects of mining. The respondents strongly agree (mean=4.47) on the environmental effects of mining. Moreover, the respondents agree (mean= 3.94), on the health effects of mining.
Furthermore, results reveals that there is a significant relationship between the respondents’ monthly gross income and perceptions toward mining, in terms of the social aspect, showing a negative relationship (r=-.129;p=0.14). In contrast, the result shows no significant relationship on the respondents’ monthly gross income and perceptions on mining in terms of economic, environmental and health aspects.