February 9, 2023

BANGUED, Abra – The Department of Science and Technology-Abra continues to reach out to more schools across the province giving learners better access to various information even without Internet connection.
Three sets of Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk Stations (Starbooks) were recently turned over to Malapaao Elementary School, Quillat ES, and Mabungtot ES in Langiden.
DOST Provincial Director Ralf Sapi-il said Starbooks aims to upgrade the learning tools of students in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas. It is a stand-alone information kiosk designed to reach those with limited or no access to Science and Technology information resources without Internet connection. It brings access to information with thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats for teachers and learners in far-flung communities.
The three public schools were the beneficiaries under the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology Program (CEST) of the agency for 2022.
“Since malayo po ang mga schools na ito, they are selected as beneficiaries to receive sets of Starbooks under the CEST program of DOST,” Sapi-il said.
During the turnover program, Science Education Program Supervisor of Abra Schools Division Office Bhenjo Agaloos expressed gratitude to the government for this innovation that allows learners access to thousands of materials through technology.
“We are indeed receiving a lot of assistance from the DOST so we are deeply grateful for all the projects that you are giving to the schools. I believe that these Starbooks will give an advantage for our students with its up-to-date contents,” Agaloos said. – Christian Allister Tubadeza