DOST- 1 awards STARBOOKS to CEST school-beneficiaries in Santol, La Union


by Christian Jastine V. Mendoza

The Department of Science and Technology Region 1 (DOST 1), through its Provincial Science and Technology Center- La Union (PSTC-LU), awarded starbooks units and devices to school-beneficiaries in Santol, La Union on January 28, 2022.

A total of three (3) units Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS), four (4) tablet devices, eight (😎 external drives, and three (3) wi-fi dongles were distributed among the three (3) chosen schools, namely: Sasaba Elementary School, Banbanaba Primary School and Sapdaan Elementary School.

Present during the awarding ceremony were Sasaba Primary School principal Nelson V. Abalos, Banbanaba Elementary School OIC-Head Maricel A. Turalba and Sapdaan Elementary School principal Marlon O. Sabado. Also present to witness the awarding was LGU Santol Mayor Engr. Magno A. Wailan.

The awarding ceremony was followed by the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the school-beneficiaries and DOST 1 represented by OIC-PSTD Edison M. Acosta.

With the aim of DOST’s Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program to bridge technological gaps and help the schools in the area adapt with pedagogic advancement, a training and seminar focused on the ICT skills of the teachers was also held last year that gauged and improved their utilization of computer software and application.

STARBOOKS, the first Philippine Science Digital Library, is an interface that contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources. It aims to create interest in the field of Science and Technology which may increase the number of Filipinos enrolling in S&T course.

DOST 1, through its CEST banner program, will continue to provide sustainable assistance and interventions that would encourage the growth and development of the community.