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STARBOOKS digital library opens in Legazpi City

Tuesday, July 03, 2018 08:14 AM    Views : 761by:Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, June 28 (PIA) – Ten STARBOOKS digital library were recently opened for the students of Bitano Elementary School (BES) and other students here, this month.

Tomas B. Briñas, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Bicol director, said the DOST, INFINIT-O Group Foundation (IOGF) and BES signed the memorandum of agreement early this month for the availment of STARBOOKS.

"The DOST and IOGF finally cemented their partnership with BES for the availment of STARBOOKS," Briñas said.

STARBOOKS or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks is the Philippines' first ever digital library. It is a stand-alone kiosk that is designed to be a source of information on digitized science and technology to everyone, at any age.

"Starbooks will as well enhance the educational competence of the students in its beneficiary schools," Briñas added.

IOGF Executive Director Erika Aquino said she is honored to donate the 10 computer sets and contribute to the development of the community, with high hopes that the program will be successful.

Briñas also expressed his optimism that STARBOOKS could contribute to narrow down digital division.

"STARBOOKS will be the solution to the gaps that cause digital divide especially the lack of good opportunity in the rural areas. STARBOOKS is designed to address these challenges," he said.

Rowena Manaog, BES educational supervisor in Science, said she considered STARBOOKS as the star that gives knowledge.

"It would be the star that will provide the students the information they need for their research," she said.

BES principal Leonila D. Ante recalled how everything started from a small feeding program conducted by the Infinit-O which she noted as a great opportunity for the students to further enhance their knowledge and performance in school.(LSM, SAA-PIA5)


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