DOST-Kalinga provides STARBOOKS to 3 Tanudan high schoolsTuesday, September 18, 2012 05:34 AM Views : 293Peter A. Balocnit
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will provide a set of computer with read-only materials each to the three high schools in Tanudan, namely the Magtoma-Pangol National High School, Tanudan National High School, and the Tanudan Vocational School.
According to DOST Provincial Officer Alfonso Berto, this program is under the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks or STARBOOKS, the Philippines's first digital science library.
Berto said government through DOST is assisting poorest municipalities in the country through the provision of information technology (IT) equipment and Tanudan being the second poorest in the country is an identified recipient.
He said the internet tool for schools is part of the digital science library DOST is promoting to access students and the community to science and technology (S&T) information. However, Berto said local government units and non-government organizations can also avail of STARBOOKS.
Berto said STARBOOKS intends to serve as information access portals in key areas in the Philippines particularly the poorest ones. "People in the community can have digital access to scientific information physically available at DOST Information Network of the Philippines (SciNET), Philippine eLib project sources, freely-available online resources, and subscribed databases.
STARBOOKS contains hundreds of thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text and video/audio) placed in specially design "pods" set in a user-friendly interface.
Berto said the computer is a stand-alone information kiosk, hence, information access is possible even without internet connection.
"Information available is read-only," Berto emphasized adding it is a one stop S&T information source and features videos dubbed "Tamang DOSTkarte Livelihood Videos to stimulate every Filipino's entrepreneurial capacity.