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)