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The Department of Science and Technology–Lanao Del Norte (DOST-LDN) handed over six (6) units of STARBOOKS Digital Library to three schools in the province on March 25, 2021.

STARBOOKS or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated KioskS, dubbed as the first Philippine S&T digital library, is a stand-alone information source designed to bring S&T information to the grassroots.

It aims to provide S&T-based educational and learning resources in various formats to geographically isolated schools and local government units throughout the country, as well as enhance the educational competence of students in its beneficiary schools.

The Masibay Integrated School, Munai National High School, and Pelingkingan Integrated School received the STARBOOKS units during a ceremonial turn-over at the Department of Education Division Office, Tubod, Lanao Del Norte.

The schools have limited access to the internet, up-to-date textbooks, and reference materials given their remote locations.

The activity is the agency's response to the 1987 Philippine Constitution (Art XIV Sec 1) which aims to protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and to take appropriate steps to make education accessible to all. It is also a part of the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) Program for the province.

"This is DOST's contribution to the government's effort in providing the much-needed services in the far-flung areas of the countryside. With STARBOOKS, we are hopeful that better access to science, technology, and innovation will be achieved," said Ms. Gerrylou Sweet M. Pia, DOST-LDN Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program focal person. (Alexa Trixi L. Rosales, DOST-LDN)