Eleven units of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) “library in a box” were officially turned over to eleven public high schools in the province of Negros Oriental on December 16, 2020.

The eleven beneficiaries are Bagtic National High School in Mabinay, Bayog High School in Canlaon City, Demetrio L. Alviola National High School in Bindoy, Jose Marie Locsin Memorial High School in Zamboanguita, Mainit High School in Siaton, Nagbinlod High School in Sta. Catalina, Pacuan National High School in La Libertad, Valencia National High School – Dobdob Extension, Siapo High School in San Jose and Silab Community High School in Amlan.

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 during the turnover ceremony.

STARBOOKS is deployed in over 4,950 sites nationwide including 86 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.

DOST NegOr Provincial Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon (2nd from left) with DepEd NegOr Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Senen P. Paulin (3rd from left) with DepEd officials during the turnover ceremony.