HomeIAMURE International Journal of Ecology and Conservationvol. 31 no. 1 (2020)

Assessment of Common Health and Social Problems of the Residents in the Core Shelters of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, Philippines

Julius T. Capili | Jinky Marie T. Chua | Jack M. Regala | LILY ANN C. MALLABO



Poor housing conditions of shelters provided to disaster-affected indigent families are associated with a wide range of health conditions. This study aimed to assess the common health and social problems of the residents in the core shelters of Tuguegarao City, located in Barangay Annafunan East, Cataggaman Pardo, and Namabbalan. The mixed-method research design was employed wherein the Survey questionnaire, Key Informant Interview (KII), Focus Group Discussion (FGD), and Documents Review were the main tools for data gathering. The research concludes that infectious diseases, injuries, and social issues are common in all of the three core shelters. These problems intensify the link between housing and health; therefore, the core shelter community must be deemed a fundamental component of health promotion or disease prevention. Further, when planning relocation projects, the location of and access to community service facilities must be considered to provide liveable, sustainable communities.