May 2, 2023

To aid in science and technology learning, the DOST-CAR deployed STARBOOKS/science digital library, digital microscopes, and television to Camanpaguey Integrated School and Las-igan Elementary School on April 26-27, 2023.

Camanpaguey IS and Las-igan ES are the remotest schools of Mankayan, located in Barangay Cabiten. CIS can be reached through a two-hour ride using an all-terrain vehicle, while LES can only be reached through a three-hour hike from Camanpaguey ES.

This project is in collaboration with the Local Government Unit of Mankayan to provide the much-needed assistance to Geographically Isolated and/or Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) in the municipality. It is geared towards giving S&T support for learners in these far-flung areas.

During the turn-over of the equipment, the DOST-CAR and PSTO-Benguet team conducted the training on the operation of the science digital library and digital microscopes for the students and teachers.

The digital library, dubbed as DOST STARBOOKS – Science and Technology Academic Research-based Openly Operated Kiosks, is the first science digital library in the Philippines that can be operated without an internet connection.

STARBOOKS contains digitized science and technology resources such as K-12 learning materials, Disaster Risk Reduction Management resources, livelihood videos, investigatory projects, theses and dissertations and others.

Meanwhile, the deployed microscopes have an electronic eyepiece that can be connected to a laptop and television for digital and expanded image viewing.

About 70 learners and seven (7) teachers from CIS, while 14 learners and two teachers from LES will be benefitted from this project, aside from interested community residents who can access the learning resources.

CIS Head Johnny M. Anno and LES Head Noreen Espenocilla extended their grateful appreciation to DOST for the said assistance, citing that the distance of the schools was not a hindrance in bringing science, technology, and innovation to the areas.

“You did not see the few numbers of students and how far the place is, in bringing the assistance", said Ms. Aurelia Soliken as she expressed how the equipment will be of big help to students and even to teachers especially to science learning.// CDG


2A photo opportunity with the students and faculty staff of Camanpaguey Integrated School (top photo) and Las-igan Elementary (bottom photo).