A DEVEL­OP­MENT PLAN FOR THE BARANGAY SALAWAG READ­ING CEN­TER IN DASMARIÑAS, CAVITE

Rhodora Es­pir­itu-Valdez

PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - POSTER SESSION -

De La Salle San­ti­ago Zo­bel—Ver­mosa Cam­pus Email ad­dress: rde­[email protected] ; [email protected]­szo­beledu.ph Ab­stract

Barangay Salawag is one of the 75 barangays in Das­mari­nas City, Cavite—the south­ern prov­ince of Lu­zon is­land and is 42 kilo­me­ters south of Manila. Barangay Salawag, si­t­u­ated in the north­east­ern part of Das­mari­nas City, was named as such be­cause of the pres­ence of the bam­boo trees, or, in Ta­ga­log, salawag. It is the largest barangay of the city in terms of land area and pop­u­la­tion (ap­prox. 80,000). How­ever, de­spite the huge pop­u­la­tion and many sub­di­vi­sions and schools, no pub­lic li­brary can be found.

Rec­og­niz­ing the needs of the com­mu­nity for a barangay read­ing cen­ter, this study, sought to an­a­lyze the com­mu­nity to de­ter­mine three fac­tors: de­mo­graphic pro­file, in­for­ma­tion needs, re­sources, and per­cep­tion on the barangay read­ing cen­ter for the Barangay Salawag com­mu­nity.

A to­tal of 200 re­spon­dents an­swered the sur­vey ques­tion­naire per­son­ally ad­min­is­tered by the pro­po­nent on April 18, 2018. The data from the sur­vey ques­tion­naires and in­ter­view showed that (1) there were more fe­male re­spon­dents among chil­dren, teens, and adult re­spon­dents; (2) English was the more pre­ferred lan­guage by chil­dren and teens; (3) Filipino was the more pre­ferred lan­guage by adults; (4) most adults achieved a higher ed­u­ca­tion and were lit­er­ate and em­ployed; (5) most are in­ter­ested in read­ing, and; (6) most are will­ing to help and sup­port the es­tab­lish­ment of the Barangay Read­ing Cen­ter by vol­un­teer­ing to work.

The re­sults and rec­om­men­da­tions of this study yielded the Devel­op­ment Plan for the Barangay Salawag Read­ing Cen­ter. It in­cludes the Col­lec­tion Devel­op­ment Pol­icy and Op­er­a­tions Man­ual that will pro­vide the com­mu­nity and the Barangay Read­ing Cen­ter staff with a guide that in­forms and sup­ports the devel­op­ment of li­brary col­lec­tions and ser­vices.

Key­words: barangay read­ing cen­ters; pub­lic li­braries; com­mu­nity anal­y­sis; barangay li­brary; com­mu­nity li­brary

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