The Department of Science and Technology (DOST-I) through the Provincial Science and Technology Center- La Union (PSTC-LU) awarded STARBOOKS units and devices to school-beneficiaries in Santol, La Union.
The Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program, under the Human Resource Development, aims to bridge technological gaps and helps the schools in the area to adapt with pedagogic advancement.
A training-seminar focused on the ICT skills of the teachers was held last year that gauged and improved their utilization of computer software and application.
STARBOOKS (Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks), the first Philippine Science Digital Library, is an interface that contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources. It aims to create interest in the field of Science and Technology which may increase the number of Filipinos enrolling in S&T courses.
A total of three STARBOOKS units, four tablet devices, eight external drives, and three wifi dongle were distributed among the three chosen schools. Present in the awarding were Nelson V. Abalos, principal of Sasaba Primary School, Maricel A. Turalba, OIC-Head of Banbanaba Elementary School, and Marlon O. Sabado, principal of Sapdaan Elementary School.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was led by OIC-Provincial S&T Director, Engr. Edison M. Acosta and facilitated by Christian Jastine V. Mendoza (PA II). Also present to witness the awarding was incumbent Mayor Engr. Magno A. Wailan. With this initiative, the DOST-I fulfilled its commitment to equip the schools on 28 January 2022 with devices that can assist them on their academic tasks. DOST-I, through its CEST banner program, will continue to provide sustainable assistance and interventions that would encourage the growth and development of the community. (By Christian Jastine V. Mendoza, DOST-I)