To support distance and blended learning amid the pandemic, the DOST Provincial Science and Technology Center in Dinagat Islands successfully delivered sets of learning equipment and installed the DOST-developed digital library system STARBOOKS to three recipient public schools in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) in the province.
The Melgar National High School, Dinagat Central Elementary School, and Tubajon National High School each received a computer set installed with STARBOOKS, one unit of smart television, two units of gigabit router, a prepaid wifi modem, and speakers delivered by DOST-Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI) Director Roberto Zandro Olaguer and staff.
The three schools have limited access to library and S&T resources, and are located far from the Municipality of San Jose – the center of and gateway to the province. Brgy. Melgar in Basilisa, PDI can be reached by travelling 30 minutes by boat while Dinagat, PDI will take an hour of travel by land and 4 hours to Tubajon from San Jose.
The project entitled “STARBOOKS Technology for Distance and Blended Learning: Strengthening the Sustainability of the Education System in the New Normal through Science and Technology in the Province of Dinagat Islands” under the Community Empowered thru S&T (CEST) Program Program aims to introduce STARBOOKS to the far-flung schools and provide S&T learning support amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
STARBOOKS or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks is the first Philippine Science Digital Library that functions as an offline library with text and video materials on various subject matters. The three school administrations expressed their gratitude for the project and optimism that the facilities will help them cope with the new normal in education.244