Thirty-seven (37) computer units installed with DOST-STARBOOKS were turned over among identified beneficiaries in 2nd District of North Cotabato Province.
The turnover and distribution of complete set of computers took place right after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the implementation of the DOST-STARBOOKS between the Department of Science and Technology 12 (DOST XII) and the 2nd Congressional District of the Province on 17 January 2022 at Boylyn Pensione Plaza, Kidapawan City.
According to DOST XII Regional Director Sammy Malawan, recipients comprising LGUs/ ELCAC-barangays, libraries, schools including Madrasas (Islamic Schools) were identified and endorsed by Congressman Rudy Caoagdan.
STARBOOKS is an acronym for Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Station.
Known as the first Philippine digital science library, STARBOOKS is a compendium of S&T information gathered from all over the world, making it a legit one-stop S&T info source.
Accessible even without the internet, STARBOOKS is an effective tool for knowledge and learning resource in remote or far-flung areas, in barangays to as far as sitios.
RD Malawan emphasized that STARBOOKS is not only recommended for students and researchers but designed as well for inventors, entrepreneurs/ start-up firms and MSMEs and all sectors of society seeking relevant information and knowledge.
“This technology will give opportunity to everyone to be more competitive”, Vice-Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza said in her message as one of the witnesses in the signed MOU.
VG Mendoza urged everyone to value assistance of DOST citing that even LGUs are encouraged to make necessary infrastructure available, like library, in the promotion of knowledge and relevant information among the public so we would not be left behind.
Other guests who took part during the activity include City Councilor Marites Malaluan representing Kidapawan Mayor Joseph Evangelista; Mr. Tomas Moneva representing Congressman Caoagdan; Mayor Egidio Cadungon of Antipas; Mayor Rene Rubino of Arakan; and Mayor Jonathan Mahimpit of President Roxas.
Lauding their cooperation, RD Malawan said, “As we [DOST] bring benefits of S&T closer to the people in the countryside, to your respective constituents, we are glad that we have supportive congressional, provincial and local government units in the Province of North Cotabato”.
DOST Provincial Director Michael Mayo assured the recipients that the Users’ Training for the DOST-STARBOOKS will be conducted the soonest possible, so they can effectively and efficiently guide the public in using the facility open for the whole community.