DOST 1 brings Digital library to Pangasinan rural schools


The Department of Science and Technology – Provincial Science and Technology Center (DOST-PSTC)- Pangasinan Field Office awarded educational equipment to day care centers and elementary schools in Barangays Diaz, Palisoc, and Vacante in Bautista, Pangasinan. These barangays are beneficiaries of DOST 1 under the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program.

The elementary schools received two (2) computer units installed with Science and Technology Academic and Research based openly operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS) and three (3) SMART TVs with DOST courseware to Day Care centers of Barangay Diaz, Palisoc, and Vacante.

A total of 1,001 students of A. Diaz Sr. Elementary School and Vacante Elementary School will now have access to STARBOOKS, the first digital library in the Philippines with science and technology resources available in text and video/audio format.

Learning in the ‘new normal’ is a challenge to both teachers and students. Due to the pandemic, they are forced to shift from traditional to blended learning methods where the use of technology is required. “We are thankful to DOST for this project. These will help our learners to adapt to this new way of learning brought by the pandemic,” Vice Mayor Joseph Espino said in his welcoming message.

A total of 11 teachers attended the event and participated in the STARBOOKS user’s training and a preview of DOST Courseware. After introducing DOST-STARBOOKS to the educators, Dr. Rebecca T. Gonzales, DEPED Public Schools District Supervisor, said that they are looking forward that all 14 schools (11 Elementary schools and 3 High Schools) in Bautista will have STARBOOKS installed in each school very soon.

CEST will build a bridge to close the gap between technology and rural schools