Promoting Environment at Grassroots: Barangay Institutional Mapping of Solid Waste Management


Ronald Maglaqui Castillo


     This research aims to address the need for an effective local urban solid waste management framework. To accomplish this, it focused on the institutional networks that flow within and link out of the barangay (Philippine village) as the micro level of Local Government. The paper describes networked institutions as composed 3 variables adapted from Ostrom’s institutional analysis and development framework. These are 1) actors, 2) actions, and 3) lines of connections. It uses qualitative comparative method with a Most Different and Most Similar (MDSD) research design to analyze cases of network similarities between performing barangays, similarities between non-performing barangays, and differences across performing and non-performing. The locus is Metro Manila, capital of the Philippines, unique to be the location of barangays with increasing solid waste production, along with qualified models of solid waste management.

     Analyses arrived at three significant findings: First, model barangays have clear relationships with institutional and non-institutional support from outside its solid waste management space. Second, model barangays have institutional implementing units complemented by non-institutional groups. Third, model barangay solid waste management is not simply about waste handling, but also network management. Finally, model barangays are composed of groups which are actors interlinked in a solid waste management network. Barangays are better able to implement grassroots solid waste management through a network with established lines within and outside their space. It is recommended that barangay officials need support and encourage the formation of social groups, and to link with them to achieve better results. This is facilitated through collaboration with between institutional and non-institutional groups.

Keywords: Solid Waste Management, Barangay, Institutions, Network, Village Management


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CASTILLO, Ronald Maglaqui. Promoting Environment at Grassroots: Barangay Institutional Mapping of Solid Waste Management. Journal of Community Development Research (Humanities and Social Sciences), [S.l.], v. 13, n. 2, p. 15-30, apr. 2020. ISSN 2985-0231. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 15 july 2024. doi: