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Turnover of project fund to DepEd Lanao del Norte Divission Office attended by (from left to right) Ms. Rasmila M. Cosain-SEPS, Dr. Fatimah Asum-PSDS, Dr. Maria Eva Edon-Chief, CID, Edilberto L. Oplenaria, CESO V-SDS, Dr. Rosemarie T. Macesar-ASDS, Armando B. Pasok-AO V, Dr. Maria Carmela T. Ablin-Chief SGOD, and Dr. Belen Bastillada-EPS-Science

The Department of Science and Technology-Lanao del Norte turned over science and technology assistance amounting to Php 397,520.00 through the Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) Program to the Department of Education-Lanao del Norte Division Office on August 13, 2021.

The fund will be for the procurement and installation of Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosks (STARBOOKS) to eight elementary and secondary schools in four municipalities under the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) Program in Lanao del Norte - District I.

STARBOOKS is a DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) developed technology that contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in various formats (text and audio/video) placed in specially designed “pods” set in a user-friendly interface. It is a standalone information kiosk; hence, information access is possible even without an internet connection.

The identified recipient elementary and secondary schools were the (1) Tagoloan Integrated School, (2) Matampay Integrated School, (3) Pantar Central Elementary School, (4) Maria Cristina Elementary School, (5) Tagoloan National High School, (6) Matungao National High School, (7) Pantar National High School, and (8) Balo-i National High School. The eight schools have a total of 6,474 enrollees for S.Y. 2020-2021.

The eight identified schools are in four Municipalities under the CAPDev Program, namely Tagoloan, Baloi, Matungao, and Pantar. The CAPDev Program is a strategy of the Province of Lanao del Norte to implement Executive Order 70 entitled “Institutionalizing the Whole-Of-Nation Approach in Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, Creating a National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, and Directing the Adoption of a National Peace Framework.” This program supports engagements with the residents to focus on working together for the betterment of the people and help sustain the unity of the Muslim and Christian residents in the province.

Hence, the implementation of STARBOOKS will (1) respond to the need for improvement on students’ academic performance as well as (2) provide an innovative method of learning for students enrolled and (3) support the Province’s CAPDev

Program in alleviating the lives of the residents in conflict-affected areas. Since all eight identified schools are far-flung from the center of the province where internet connection has always been the challenge, the installation of STARBOOKS is considered one of the best solutions to aid the problem of access to more instructional materials.

“It is with a grateful heart that I commend the Department of Science and Technology for its support to the delivery of quality education in the identified recipient schools to receive the STARBOOKS. With the funding support amounting to Php 397,520.00, the learners of the eight (8) recipient schools that are guaranteed to be able to utilize high-level instructional materials for science, will have the best chance of improving their overall performance in science,” expressed by the Schools Division Superintendent Edilberto L. Oplenaria.

Meanwhile, DOST Lanao del Norte – OIC Dorina Marie E. Ytang added, “The turned over fund will be for the procurement of computer sets and pods following the specifications provided by DOST-STII. In addition, I would like to add that students are not only the ones who will benefit the STARBOOKS but also teachers and other school staff. They can use STARBOOKS especially in finding more ways to traverse these different learning delivery modalities in this time of the pandemic,” (Hazel D. Entrampas, PA-CEST)