Issue of March 4, 2018
Mt. Province

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Benguet schools get digital library
by PIA release

DIGITAL LIBRARY -- The regional office of the Department of Science and Technology led the awarding of 14 Starbooks for the remote public schools in Benguet with no Internet connectivity. The digital library donated by the United Nations-World Food Programme is an innovation that allows access to thousands of science and technology materials. Officials present during the awarding ceremony at the Benguet Capitol were Gov. Crescencio Pacalso, DOST-CAR Asst. Director Dr. Nancy Bantog, DOST-STII Finance and Admin Chief Arlene Centeno, DepEd-CAR ARD Bettina Aquino, and Mario Baucas, Jr. who represented Rep. Ronald Cosalan. -- Lito Dar

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The United Nations-World Food Programme partnered with the Department of Science and Technology to bring the DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute-developed Science and Technology Academic Research Based Openly Operated Kiosks (Starbooks) Digital Library to children in public schools in remote areas of the province.

In a turnover ceremony hosted by Gov. Crescencio Pacalso at the Capitol, DOST-Cordillera Assistant Regional Director Nancy Bantog and DOST-STII Finance and Administration Chief Arlene Centeno led the awarding of 14 units of Starbooks to the officials and representatives of the public school beneficiaries.

Department of Education-Cordillera Assistant Regional Director Bettina Aquino and Mario Baucas Jr., a representative of Rep. Ronald Cosalan, witnessed the event.

UN-WFP Country Director Stephen Gluning, in his message read by Shai Claver of DOST-Cordillera, said that the partnership is critical to ensure that communities have access to scientific knowledge and are empowered by that knowledge to act.

Gluning said that when WFP learned about the Starbooks, they have been helping to scale-up the distribution of such digital library throughout the country as they appreciated that the project makes information related to disaster preparedness and response and climate change adaptation accessible and user-friendly.

The WFP believes that natural and human-induced disasters are among the main drivers of hunger and malnutrition, he said.

To date, 118 units have been provided to various stakeholders in the region.

Bantog   said the DOST already provided Starbooks to 57 out of the 77 municipalities in the region.

She added that they signed a memorandum of agreement with DepEd in January for the deployment of 42 Starbooks to priority elementary and high schools in the region.

For public schools that also have no access to electricity, the Starbooks comes with solar panels to power it up, Bantog said.

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