The Research and Development Office (RDO) conducted a qualitative research study on the lived experiences of the residents of Mambacayao Daku Island, Bantayan, Cebu, June 14-16.
Despite the visible challenges faced by the residents such as poverty, access to essential services, and climate change, the study aims to know their experiences and take on their situation.
“We would like to cull out their experiences that may lead towards their realization how climate change has affected their lives,” Dr. Ivy Aboy, researcher, said.
The team engaged in a focused group discussion (FGD) with a total number of 25 participants; 14 of which are women who are mostly housewives, and the remaining 11 are husbands who are fishermen. The FGD revolved around the discussion of the risks and survival experiences of the residents during disasters and calamities, especially those brought about by climate change.
About a hundred houses are built on the 18-hectare island, but there are no basic facilities like school, clinic, and even water source. According to Aboy, the island used to be prohibited from habitation, but due to the tragedy caused by super typhoon Yolanda back in 2013, the government allowed some homeless people from the neighboring islands to relocate in this island.
As of the moment, the data gathered during the FGD and KII are on the process of transcription and analysis.