“Imagine teachers using their laptops, flashing STARBOOKS contents on the TV screen while delivering their lectures to the students. What a wonderful sight!”
Department of Education (DepEd)-GenSan Schools Division Superintendent Romelito G. Flores, CESO V expressed with glee his excitement about the nearing implementation of one of the Department of Science and Technology’s programs called the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Operated KIOKS (STARBOOKS) to the division of General Santos.
DOST-XII Regional Director Engr. Sammy P. Malawan and SDS Flores signed a Arial on 5 April 2022 at the Division Office, DepEd-Gensan, Tiongson St., Lagao, General Santos City, launching the full-blown deployment of the STARBOOKS program in the city.
RD Malawan highlighted that STARBOOKS is a one-of-a-kind technology introduced by DOST to the public. He elaborated on the features and contents of the kiosks and their impact on the daily undertakings of students. The DOST director also conveyed his warm thanks to SDS Flores for collaborating with DOST and for proactively aiming to bring science, technology, and innovation to the grassroots of their agency.
The MOU Signing was facilitated by the PSTO-SarGen led by OIC-Provincial Director For. Nabil A. Hadji Yassin, together with his staff from the provincial office. Also in attendance during the event were Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Carlos G. Susarno, CESE and top officials, Curriculum Implementation Division (CID) Chief Juliet F. Lastimosa, and Education Program Supervisors (EPS), Edilbert A. Reyes (Science), Sally A. Palomo, (Learning Resources), Dr. Luzviminda R. Loreno (Values Education), and Senior Education Program Specialist-RMN Herven A. Allado.
ASDS Dr. Susarno concluded the event by reaffirming their absolute acceptance of the STARBOOKS and assured RD Malawan that DepEd-GenSan will perform immediate actions to swiftly implement the program in the city for the upcoming limited face-to-face classes. Both he and SDS immediately laid out initial plans and strategies for the way-forward enactment of the project.
DOST-XII and DEPED-GenSan are envisioning that this partnership will bring massive fruition to all schools of General Santos City. (30)