DOST turns over STARBOOKS to 13 schools in Mountain Province

BONTOC, Mountain Province, July 19 (PIA)--The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST - CAR) formally turned over Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk station (STARBOOKS) to Department of Education Mountain Province Division.


DOST-CAR Regional Director Nancy A. Bantog, during the ceremonial turn-over last week, said the STARBOOKS is the first Philippine Science Digital Library and DOST saw it as an opportunity to make science accessible to the grassroots. 

The information kiosk contains educational videos, library materials, DOST publications including the Philippine Science Journal, DOST technologies, interactive Science and Math course ware, and other education-related materials.

Bantog explained that the STARBOOKS is a stand-alone information kiosk, hence information access is possible even without internet connection that is why it is really for the geographically isolated and disadvantage areas.  It is very appropriate for the Cordillera Region.

She also encouraged other schools to avail of this program. There are two ways to avail. Since the agency has limited budget wherein it cannot give all schools units of STARBOOKS, DOST can install the content free of charge to schools that are ready with their computer units.

Shiela Marie S. Claver of DOST–CAR disclosed that the STARBOOKS is possible for multiple users; it will serve as server which will be connected to other computers so more students can use it.

She reminded the school beneficiaries that the computer sets will be used only for the STARBOOKS and cannot be used for anything else.  She urged school authorities to let the children use it because it is the purpose why it is given to schools.

The DOST  distributed    13 STARBOOKS which were received by the school heads, school librarians and the ICT coordinators of the school recipients  namely  Kaleo Elementary School(ES) in Barlig; Guinzadan ES and Guizadan National High School(NHS) in Bauko I; Monamon Proper ES in Bauko II; Besao NHS; Tocucan ES in this municipality; Natonin Stand-alone Senior HS and Banawel ES in Natonin; Pingad NHS in Sabangan; Belwang ES in Sadanga ; Taccong  ES in Sagada, and  Mabalite ES and Am-am NHS  in Tadian.

The DOST thru Provincial Science and Technology Director Alfonso K. Berto and Claver also turned over a solar panel system each   to Kaleo ES, Banawel ES, Belwang ES, and Mabalite ES.

Khad Layag, Chief Supervisor-Curriculum Implementation Division, expressed hope that the STARBOOKS beneficiaries will shine in the field of science through their active participation in science investigatory and in science festivals. All STARBOOKS recipients should be in the forefront during their district science fair and hopefully to be competing in the Division Science Fair, he added.

Bantog   also encouraged other schools to avail of this program. The agency has limited budget wherein it cannot give all schools units of STARBOOKS, however, DOST can install the content free of charge to schools who are ready with their computer units. (PIA Mt. Province)


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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.