The Department of Science and Technology’s digital library called STARBOOKS reached the last mile barangays of the Province of Quirino.

This was thru the awarding of STARBOOKS of DOST Region 02, the Provincial Science and Technology Office in Quirino and the 86th Infantry Battalion to the last mile schools in Nagabgaban, Dialanese and Dioryong.

“STARBOOKS, the first and multi-awarded e-library in the Philippines, lets us browse thousands of information without the use of the internet. It is therefore fitting to award these to schools with limited access to internet connectivity and we hope in the department that it will have a ripple effect in the community utilizing this technology enriching the young minds of our Kailyans on science, technology and innovation or what we call in the department, STI,“ said PD Rocela Angelica B. Gorospe of DOST PSTO Quirino.

“We have chosen these schools because we know students and teachers especially the Kailyans to feel and experience government support,” said 1LT Earl John Asuncion, Commanding Officer of Bravo Coy of 86th Infantry Battalion.

Moreover, Ms. Rowena Guzman, CEST Focal of DOST Region 02, mentioned possible projects in helping communities.

Furthermore, Mr. Moses Bulauan, regional focal person for STARBOOKS, conducted a brief orientation on the use of STARBOOKS.

The principals of the beneficiary schools extended their sincerest gratitude to the S&T Assistance.

“We thank DOST in shelling out support to us your chosen few schools and help us in improving our education system through this innovation,” said Principal Rodolfo E. Rovolledo Jr. of Nagabgaban Elementary School.

Nagabgaban Integrated School in Aglipay, Dialanese Elementary School in Maddela and Dioryong Integrated School in Nagtipunan are located in remote areas in the province of Quirino. Due to their location, access to information has become a challenge especially to the learners.

With this, DOST Region 02 aimed to address this issue by awarding Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated KioskS (STARBOOKS). Through this initiative, students and pupils in the said schools will learn even without internet connectivity.