As one of the most progressive cities in the region, the city of General Santos takes pride in its advancement efforts in every facet, whereby Connectivity is enhanced, and Automation is everywhere. In fortifying its global presence the city has its technological prowess to leverage- truly, SMART Gensan.

And, the city is only getting smarter.

The convergence of Department of Science and Technology Region XII, with Regional Director Engr. Sammy P. Malawan as the front liner, and the Department of Educationโ€“ General Santos City, has brought Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated KioskS (STARBOOKS) to every school in General Santos โ€“ permitting every student in the locality access to new learning possibilities.

In value of the battle cry of the department carried through RD Malawan to bring science, technology and innovation closer to every learner in the region, ๐——๐—ข๐—ฆ๐—ง ๐—ซ๐—œ๐—œ turned over fifty-three (๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฏ) ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—”๐—ฅ๐—•๐—ข๐—ข๐—ž๐—ฆ ๐˜๐—ผ forty-four (๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ) ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† last February 7, 2023 held at Dadiangas West Central Elementary School during the STARBOOKS Turn-Over Ceremony and Users Training.

The STARBOOKS symbol was also awarded during the program symbolizing the strong partnership of both agencies in implementing the world-renowned โ€œlibrary-in-a-boxโ€ in the entire city. It was received by the Curriculum Implementation Division โ€“ Chief Juliet F. Lastimosa together with Education Program Supervisors Dr. Edilbert A. Reyes, and Aileen Jamero, representing Schools Division Superintendent Romelito G. Flores.

In his message of support, representing the Regional Director Engr. Malawan, PD Hadji Yassin pointed-โ€œ๐‘บ๐‘ด๐‘จ๐‘น๐‘ป ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’๐’”๐’‚๐’ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘บ๐‘ด๐‘จ๐‘น๐‘ป๐‘ฌ๐‘น. ๐‘จ๐’” ๐’˜๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐’Œ๐’๐’๐’˜, ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’๐’†๐’“๐’‚๐’ ๐‘บ๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’๐’” ๐‘ช๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐’†๐’™๐’„๐’†๐’๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’๐’๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚๐’”๐’‘๐’†๐’„๐’•๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Ž๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’†๐’”๐’‘๐’†๐’„๐’Š๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’Š๐’ ๐’Š๐’•๐’” ๐’•๐’†๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’˜๐’†๐’”๐’”.[๐‘จ๐’๐’…] ๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’-๐’๐’—๐’†๐’“ ๐’„๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’Ž๐’๐’๐’š ๐’๐’๐’๐’š ๐’‘๐’–๐’”๐’‰๐’†๐’” ๐’–๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’† โ€œ๐’”๐’Ž๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’†๐’“โ€ further noting that “๐‘บ๐‘ป๐‘จ๐‘น๐‘ฉ๐‘ถ๐‘ถ๐‘ฒ๐‘บ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’๐’†๐’„๐’• ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’†๐’“๐’” ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’“ ๐’”๐’„๐’๐’‘๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ โ€.

Over hundred participants witnessed the momentous event; principals from every recipient school attended, to personally receive their computer units installed with STARBOOKS system courtesy of Mr. Benjie Francisco, DOST XII STARBOOKS technical person.

Dr. Reyes later expressed his thanks coupled with his hope for more batches of STARBOOKS to be dispensed within their division remarking STARBOOKS as the most inexpensive yet exceptionally posh library every General Santos City School could ever possess.

Right after the turn-over, the DOST XII team led by PD Hadji Yassin and Mr. Francisco proceeded with the usersโ€™ training subjecting the ICT coordinators of each school present so as to equip them with the essential skills, and knowledge in implementing the STARBOOKS in their respective stations.

Ending the activity in an inspiring note, PD Hadji Yassin had this said-โ€œ๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’ˆ๐’†๐’๐’„๐’†. ๐‘จ ๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’‡๐’–๐’ ๐’˜๐’๐’“๐’… ๐’˜๐’‰๐’Š๐’„๐’‰ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’๐’๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ซ๐‘ถ๐‘บ๐‘ป ๐‘ฟ๐‘ฐ๐‘ฐ. [๐‘ญ๐’๐’“] ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’๐’ˆ๐’•๐’‰ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’๐’–๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’†๐’“๐’”. ๐‘ช๐’๐’๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’ˆ๐’†๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’Ž๐’‚๐’Œ๐’†๐’” ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’ˆ๐’“๐’‚๐’Ž ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’‹๐’†๐’„๐’• ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’‘๐’–๐’ƒ๐’๐’Š๐’„ ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’‡๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’† ๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‘๐’‚๐’„๐’•๐’‡๐’–๐’. ๐‘จ๐’ˆ๐’‚๐’Š๐’, ๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐‘น๐‘ซ ๐‘ฌ๐’๐’ˆ๐’“. ๐‘บ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’š ๐‘ท. ๐‘ด๐’‚๐’๐’‚๐’˜๐’‚๐’, ๐’˜๐’† ๐’”๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘ซ๐’†๐’‘๐’†๐’… โ€“ ๐‘ฎ๐’†๐’๐’”๐’‚๐’ ๐’Š๐’ ๐’”๐’‰๐’‚๐’‘๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’„๐’๐’–๐’๐’•๐’“๐’š’๐’” ๐’‡๐’–๐’•๐’–๐’“๐’†, ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’๐’†๐’“๐’”. ๐‘จ๐’๐’… ๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’• ๐’‚๐’”๐’”๐’–๐’“๐’†๐’…, ๐’˜๐’† ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’”๐’–๐’‘๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’• ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’Š๐’ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’†๐’๐’…๐’†๐’‚๐’—๐’๐’“๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐’”๐’„๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’„๐’†, ๐’•๐’†๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’๐’—๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’โ€

๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ. ๐˜Œ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ต, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ.