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The Virginia-Ramirez Cruz Memorial National High School, in Brgy. Siling Bata, Pandi, Bulacan, has become the latest recipient of STARBOOKS in Bulacan at turn-over ceremonies attended by officials from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and school officials last February 13.
STARBOOKS, or the Science and Technology Academic and Research-based Openly Operated Kiosk Station is an award-winning innovative project developed by the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII-DOST). A virtual library in a box, it contains thousands of digitized science and technology resources in text and video/audio formats. As an added feature, it also contains the Encyclopedia Britannica as well as videos of livelihood technologies. Its stand-alone format makes it possible to access information even without an internet connection making it ideal for adoption by public elementary and secondary schools which cannot afford expensive internet services. Local government units can also put up their own STARBOOKS in their public libraries.
DOST Asst. Secretary Manny Galvez and Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, DOST Region III director and other guests witnessed the event hailed as a step towards improving science education in the country. In his message, Dir. Sicat expressed his hope that the installation of STARBOOKS in the school would get more students interested in science research as they now have a readily available source of information for their study. He also encouraged other schools to put up their own STARBOOKS. Mrs. Emelita de Jesus, the school principal, accepted the unit on behalf of the school.