Nine units of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) “library in a box” were officially turned over to nine public elementary and junior high schools in the municipality of Valencia, Negros Oriental on March 6, 2020.

The nine beneficiaries are Balugo Elementary School, Bong-ao Elementary School, Bongbong Elementary School, Malaunay Elementary School, Palinpinon Elementary School, Valencia Central Elementary School, Balugo National High School, Pulangbato National High School and Valencia 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 during the blessing and turnover ceremony.

The turnover ceremony was conducted at Valencia Central Elementary School and attended by around 150 participants from school heads, teachers and students overall.

STARBOOKS is deployed in over 4,760 sites nationwide including 66 sites in Negros Oriental. Interesed institutions may avail of the said project through DOST-STII ( or visit the nearest DOST regional/provincial office in the area. (By: PSTC Negros Oriental)

DOST Negros Oriental Provincial Director Atty. Gilbert R. Arbon (blue, center) with teachers of the nine beneficiary schools in Valencia, Negros Oriental during the turnover ceremony.