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Digital S&T library kiosks deployed in Maguindanao

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Some 15 digital science and technology (S&T) library kiosks were distributed in different public schools and local government units in Maguindanao, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said.

Dubbed as the Science & Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosks or STARBOOKs, they are developed by DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) to equip different public schools with valuable learning resources on S&T.

The DOST said the digital library units were turned over after the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DOST-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the 15 recipients recently at Cotabato Government Center in Cotobato City.

“A digital learning resource material such as STARBOOKS could improve the way our public schools nurture our students in Maguindanao,” ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said.

Recipient municipalities in Maguindanao were Kabuntulan Mother, Buldon, South Upi, and Northern Kabuntulan. Meanwhile, the 11 public schools with newly-installed STARBOOKS were Kabuntulan National High School, Gallego Edgcor National High School, Dinganen Buldon National High School, Karim National High School, South Upi National High School, Pilar Integrated Technical Vocational High School, Looy Integrated Technical Vocational High School, Pandan National High School, Lumao National High School, Gayonga National High School, and Datu Alamanza Dilangalen National High School.

The project is supported by United Nations World Food Programme (UN WFP), which committed to provide 112 STARBOOKS-enabled computers to nine provinces in the country. These provinces include Benguet, Batangas, Laguna, Sorsogon, Misamis Oriental, Davao Oriental, Cagayan, Maguindanao, and Iloilo. #

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