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STARBOOKS: Helping Ilocos Sur residents gear towards science, technology, and entrepreneurship

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 08:04 AM    Views : 266by:Imelda C Rivero

STARBOOKS in Ilocos Sur - Eleven STARBOOKS were given to school beneficiaries during the Science and Technology Caravan of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 1 on May 9 at Sinait National High School in cooperation with the Office of the Congressman of First District of Ilocos Sur, Deogracias Victor Savellano. (ICR/PIA Ilocos Sur)

STARBOOKS distributed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) now serves students, researchers, unemployed residents, and micro small medium enterprises in Ilocos Sur looking for information on science, technology and livelihood trainings.

"Like encyclopedias, 35 STARBOOKS located in the major schools of the 34 towns and cities of Ilocos Sur province are now within the reach of everyone in the community," said Engr. Ramon Sumabat, Provincial Director DOST Ilocos Sur, shared.

The Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations, or STARBOOKS contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats like text, video and audio, placed in specially designed pods set in a user-friendly interface.

It is a standalone information kiosk where information access is possible without internet access and information available is read-only. As a one-stop science and technology information source, it is a compilation of science and technology information gathered all over the world.  

Sumabat said: "STARBOOKS wants to create interest in the field of Science and Technology that may increase the number of Filipinos enrolling in science and technology courses. It encourages great and curious minds to develop new ideas like in inventions and innovations, and it inspires the residents' capacity for entrepreneurship and research."

Sumabat disclosed that the latest feature of STARBOOKS that can benefit all residents is the "Tamang DOSTKarte Livelihood Videos" that can be downloaded.

Local government units, non-government organizations, educational institutions, and private corporations can avail of STARBOOKS, said Sumabat.  

They only need a computer, space measuring 3mx4m with specification for physical set up of the kiosk, mandatory one to two-day training on how to use it, and a focal person.  

For details on setting up STARBOOKS, Sumabat encouraged interested partners to get in touch with the DOST Science and Technology Information Institute at telephone numbers (02) 837-2191/(02) 837-7518, e-mail address or at or visit the  DOST Ilocos Sur Office at Barangay Tamag in this city.

DOST hopes that the presence of these STARBOOKS in the province where 11 of them were distributed during the May 9 to 11 Science and Technology Caravan at Sinait National High School will result in more youth gearing towards science and technology and more residents trying out livelihood trainings to start their own businesses. (JNPD/ICR/PIA-1, Ilocos Sur)


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In October 26, 1905, the Philippine Commission passed Act No. 1407 reorganizing and expanding the Bureau of Government Laboratories into the erstwhile Bureau of Science.


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