By: Eiryz Clyde Angelique D. Orpilla

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, LA UNION—The Department of Science and Technology Region 1 (DOST 1), through its Provincial Science and Technology Center- La Union (PSTC-LU), has formalized partnership with St. John Bosco College of Northern Luzon, Inc. to launch the latest Science and Technology Academic and Researched-Based Openly Operated Kiosk (STARBOOKS) in the institution on August 4, 2022.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and City Councilor Hon. Rodolfo M. Abat, School Librarian Mrs. Elvie N. Toribio, IT Specialist Mrs. Junabel S. Casugay and PSTC- La Union Director Jonathan M. Viernes. This ceremonial signing was witnessed by the Officer-In-Charge, Office of the President Forester Brenda Pulido-Gandeza, faculty and staff from both parties.

In her message, Forester Pulido-Gandeza emphasized that STARBOOKS has been a very helpful tool when it comes to library usage not only with the students but also that of the faculty, considering the fact that it is very difficult to outsource books and books from DOST like STARBOOKS is upgraded and at the same time it addresses their focus on science and technology.

“St. John Bosco College of Northern Luzon, Inc. stands for excellence, leadership and service. We are leaders in our own eye, we are leaders in our community, all is nothing if we do not give service to the community same as that of the DOST.” she added.

Dir. Viernes congratulates the institution for being one of the beneficiary of STARBOOKS in the province. He then discussed the features of STARBOOKS, especially that it can be accessed by faculty and students for free, even in the absence of an internet connection. The system is updated yearly so they can access timely information for their studies. He also presented the programs, projects and activities of DOST to give them additional information to what DOST offers to the people.

Following the signing of MOU was a training and orientation for students, faculty and staff of the beneficiary institution led by DOST Region 1 coordinator Ms. Mary Ann C. Belen.