Three units of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) “library in a box” were installed and turned over to three public junior and senior high schools in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental on June 26, 2020.

The three beneficiaries are Guihulngan National High School – Poblacion, Trinidad National High School and Sandayao 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 purpose of STARBOOKS is to reach and assist learners in the grassroots and to improve the learning environment of the school. Students, teachers and parents will be able to get relevant information such as investigatory projects, K-12 learning materials, DOST technologies and other publications, among others”, said Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon, Provincial Director of DOST Negros Oriental Provincial Science and Technology Center.

Training and orientation of STARBOOKS will be conducted online later this month and will be attended simultaneously by school heads, ICT coordinators, librarian and teachers in Negros Oriental.

STARBOOKS is deployed in over 4,800 sites nationwide including 74 sites in Negros Oriental. Interesed 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. (Sean Adrian T. Guardiano/DOST NegOr S&T Media Service)