STARBOOKS takes the limelight at DOST 1’s Tekno Presensya


The Department of Science and Technology Region 1 (DOST 1), in partnership with DZAG Radyo Pilipinas Agoo, hosted an interview program titled Tekno Presyensya: Syensya ken Teknolohiya para kadagiti Umili, which highlighted the DOST- Science and Technology Information Institute’s (DOST-STII’s) Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS) on June 2, 2022.

Mr. Alan C. Taule, Chief of the Information Resources and Analysis Division of DOST-STII gave an overview on the humble beginnings of STARBOOKS and how was it conceptualized. Mr. Taule also discussed the challenges in deploying the technology to geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas, as well as how they surmounted the pandemic during the project’s implementation.

STARBOOKS is the Philippines first S&T digital library in a box which is free, transportable and can be accessed in multiple ways. It aims to create interest in the field of science and technology which may increase the number of Filipinos enroling in S&T courses, encourage great and curious minds to develop new ideas, inventions and innovations, and inspire one’s capacity for entrepreneurship and research.

Mr. Taule imparted the impact of the project to the teachers and students and how it transformed low-performing schools into active players in the world of science and technology. Mr. Taule also gave a rundown of the many ways to access the project’s application.

Mr. RJ S. Talagsad, Teacher Librarian of the Movers Academy Inc. in Natividad, Pangasinan, and one of the project’s beneficiaries, spoke about the project’s impact at his school. He stated that it has been extremely beneficial to both teachers and students. During the pandemic, the STARBOOKS program aided in supplementing learning aids for students who were unable to attend school physically. Mr. Talagsad commended and expressed his gratitude for DOST-STII’s prompt response to their request for STARBOOKS, which they just learned of during the S&T caravan held in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Those who are interested and would like to apply and benefit from this innovation may write a letter to DOST-STII to signify interest.

Finally, DOST 1 Regional Director Armando Q. Ganal staged DOST 1’s achievements in the areas of Kabuhayan, Kaayusan, and Kinabukasan to inform the public about the agency’s recent activities and accomplishments.

By: Carla Joyce B. Cajala