DOST Negros Oriental Provincial Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon (center) with RTPM-Dumaguete Science HS Principal Maria Gina S. Anqui (3rd from left) with teachers and students after the STARBOOKS turnover.
Seven units of the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST) "library in a box" were formally turned over to seven public junior high schools in Dumaguete City on September 25-26, 2018.
The seven beneficiaries are Piapi High School, RTPM-Dumaguete Science High School, Dumaguete City National High School, Junob National High School, Hermenegilda F. Gloria Memorial High School, Taclobo National High School and Camanjac National High School.
STARBOOKS is short for Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated KioskS, the first Philippine S&T digital library, is a standalone information source designed to bring S&T information to the grassroots. It aims to provide S&T-based educational and learning resources in various formats to geographically-isolated schools and local government units throughout the country as well as enhance the educational competence of students in its beneficiary schools.
The deployment was part of "Smarter Schools in Digital Dumaguete Initiative" (SSDDI) Grants-in-Aid project which aims to scale-up information, communication and technology (ICT) utilization in the public schools in the city. The said initiative was organized by the DOST Negros Oriental Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) in cooperation with the Department of Education-Dumaguete City Division Office.
"STARBOOKS is a great foundation for students who wish to achieve higher learning. Acquiring correct information is crucial in their formative years. That's why it is best to equip them with credible and validated digital information at a young age", said Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon, Provincial Director of DOST Negros Oriental.
The turnover ceremony was separately conducted in each of the seven schools and was attended by around 200 participants from school heads, teachers and students overall.
STARBOOKS is deployed in over 2,662 sites nationwide. Interested institutions may avail of the said project through DOST-STII (www.stii.dost.gov.ph) or visit the nearest DOST regional/provincial office in the area. (By: PSTC Negros Oriental)