August 2, Dumaguete City – With the aim of making basic education especially science and technology-related subjects more equitable by improving their learning environment through library technology upgrading, DOST Negros Oriental distributed STARBOOKS to 21 geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) and areas identified under the End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) Program.
“In this time wherein face-to-face classes are not permitted, teachers search/use the STARBOOKS for browsing with regards to topics in the modules…in my case since I am handling science subject, I print some topics found in the STARBOOKS and add it on modules for reference and for additional concepts. If time and situation permits, learners should be able to use the STARBOOKS for additional learning” says Mr. Rene Boy Rodriguez in a text message sent to DOST Negros Oriental when asked about how STARBOOKS is helping Bayog High School in Canlaon City.
Described as “The First Philippine S&T Digital Library”, STARBOOKS provided students and teachers access to a wealth of science and technology information. Specifically, STARBOOKS enables users to have digital access to the scientific information physically available in the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), THE dost Science and Technology Information Network of the Philippines (SciNET), Philippine eLib project resources, freely-available online resources, and subscribed databases. It also contains hundreds of thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats placed in specifically designed “pods” and set in a user-friendly interface. As this technology is not internet dependent, it is highly appropriate for geographically-isolated schools.
DepEd Negros Oriental Division received 10 STARBOOKS servers, while DepEd Tanjay City Division, DepEd Bais City Division, and DepEd Guihulngan City Division received 3 STARBOOKS servers each.
The undertakings were funded through the Grant-in-Aid Project of DOST VII through DOST Negros Oriental which aims to improve the learning environment of the geographically disadvantaged public secondary schools of DepEd through the deployment of STARBOOKS.
The following schools in DepEd Negros Oriental received STARBOOKS servers; Bayog High School in Canlaon City, Bagtic High School in Mabinay, Pacuan National High School in La Libertad, Silab High School in Amlan, Siapo High School in San Jose, Tubigon High School in Sibulan, Dobdob High School in Valencia, Jose Marie Locsin Memorial National High School in Zamboanguita, Mainit High School in Siaton and Nagbinlod High School in Sta. Catalina.
These schools in DepEd Tanjay City Division also receive 1 unit of STARBOOKS server each: Inawasan Community High School in Pamplona, Calicanan High School in Pamplona and Sto. Niño High School in Tanjay City.
DepEd Bais City Division schools also received 1 unit of STARBOOKS server each: Tagpo High School, Javier Laxina I Memorial National High School, and Bais City National High School.
DepEd Guihulngan City Division received STARBOOKS as well: Guihulngan National High School-Sandayao, Guihulngan National High School-Trinidad and Guihulngan National High School-Poblacion.
As of June 2021, there are 77 STARBOOKS installed in the Province of Negros Oriental (by Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, SRS II/S&T Media Service – DOST Negros Oriental).