Evaluating Partnerships to Enhance Disaster Preparedness in the Coastal and Upland Secondary Schools
This paper contributes to disaster literature by examining the secondary school teachers ‘level of disaster preparedness and the extent of problems they encountered in the implementation of preparedness measures in terms of partnership among stakeholders in their respective school locales. Further, this study tested whether or not the two variables have a significant relationship. The significant difference between the coastal and upland secondary school teachers’ level of disaster preparedness and extent of problems encountered in strengthening partnership among stakeholders was also tested. Descriptive-correlational method was used in this study with 582 respondents from the 15 coastal and 12 upland secondary schools of the first congressional district of Negros Oriental, Philippines .Findings reveal that the respondents’ level of disaster preparedness in terms of partnership among stakeholders is insufficient. The extent of problems encountered they encountered in strengthening partnership among stakeholders is moderate. Poor commitment of other stakeholders to implement disaster risk reduction plan is cited as the number one problem Further, the respondents’ level of disaster preparedness and extent of problems they encountered in terms of partnership among stakeholders have a significant relationship with moderate negative correlation. It indicates that as the respondents’ level of disaster preparedness increases, the extent of problems encountered decreases in terms of partnership among stakeholders. Furthermore, there is no significant difference between coastal and upland school teachers’ level of disaster preparedness and the extent of problems they encountered in the implementation of preparedness measures in terms of partnership among stakeholders .Both coastal and upland schools can be given the same interventions to strengthen partnership among stakeholders to prepare for future disaster events.
Keywords: partnership; stakeholders; disaster preparedness
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