DOST V deploys STARBOOKS in Malidong High School, Pio Duran, Albay
On September 21, 2022, Malidong High School in Pio Duran, Albay, received the First Science and Technology Digital Library in the country—a “Library-in-a-Box” developed by the DOST Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), after a successful handover by DOST Region V and the Provincial Science and Technology Office of Albay (PSTO Albay).
The Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS) is an offline and stand-alone computer unit containing hundreds and thousands of digitized resources in various formats (text and video/audio) designed in a user-friendly interface. The STARBOOKS will create interest in the field of Science and Technology and encourage curious minds to develop new ideas, inventions, and innovations. As well as inspire one’s capacity for entrepreneurship and research.
Teachers and students undergo an orientation on the operation and utilization of the program, followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) led by Engr. Domingo A. Peña, Jr., Provincial S&T Director of DOST-PSTO Albay.
PSTO Sorsogon, LGU Barcelona conduct orientation in preparation for possible community-based project
The Department of Science and Technology V thru PSTO-Sorsogon in collaboration with the LGU Barcelona conducted the “Orientation on DOST’s Community-Based Program and DOST-ITDI’s Developed Technologies” on 23 September 2022 at Agrihope Tesda Farm School, Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Barcelona, Sorsogon. The activity is anchored on the agenda on the possible interventions based on the needs of the community discussed in the recently conducted meeting with Hon. Cynthia Falcotelo-Fortes last 14 September 2022.
“The LGU continually support in value-adding and providing livelihood opportunities to the farmers in cooperation with the DOST and other government agencies.” said by Mayor Cynthia Falcotelo-Fortes as delivered by Ms. Jona A. Falcotelo, SB Member, Committee on Agriculture during the activity. Initially, twenty (20) farmers from three barangays namely Barangay Sta. Cruz, San Ramon and Fabrica attended and were chosen as possible processors. Technology-based processing is feasible because of the sustainability of raw materials in the municipality. It was validated through the conducted Technology Needs Assessment of the PSTC Sorsogon team. Engr. Sandro B. Noguera, Provincial S&T Director of Sorsogon and Mr. Bon Carlo D. Salonga, PTA-I, discussed on the possible interventions including the DOST-ITDI’s Coconut Processing Technologies on Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), Coconut vinegar and Coconut By-Products. Also, mushroom and banana ketchup production were discussed.
“Napakaswerte naming magsasaka na pwedeng matulungan ng DOST at sa patuloy na pagsuporta ng LGU saamin sa pamumuno ng aming Mayor, lalo na’t madami ang niyog at saging sa aming lugar at patuloy na bumababa ang presyo ng copra at niyog sa merkado, kumbaga ‘value-adding’ at dagdag na pagkukunan ng aming pangkabuhayan,” said by one of the farmers.
DOST V deploys STARBOOKS in Daraga National High School
DOST Region V, in collaboration with the Provincial Science and Technology Office of Albay (PSTO Albay), successfully handed over the First Science and Technology Digital Library in the Philippines, known as “Library-in-a-Box” developed by the DOST Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), at Daraga National High School on 20 September 2022.
The Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station (STARBOOKS) is a stand-alone/offline computer unit containing hundreds and thousands of digitized resources in various formats (text and video/audio) designed in a user-friendly interface.
Teachers and students went through an orientation and training on the operation and utilization of STARBOOKS, followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) led by Engr. Domingo A. Peña, Jr., Provincial S&T Director of DOST-PSTO Albay.
Engr. Peña expressed his enjoyment at seeing the number of beneficiaries rise steadily since the program's implementation in the region. He mentioned that the STARBOOKS have modules that enhance instructional materials, publications, and completed research studies that students and future DOST scholars can utilize. Given the disparity between the number of computers at the school and the number of students, he also urged the teachers and students to make the most use of STARBOOKS.
PSTO Camarines Sur, DOST-SEI facilitate 2022 JLSS examination at BISCAST, Naga City
On 27 August 2022, the Department of Science and Technology V Provincial Science and Technology Office Camarines Sur (DOST PSTO CS), together with DOST Science Education Institute (SEI), facilitated the 2022 Junior Level Science Scholarship (JLSS) examination in Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAST), Naga City.
For this year, a total of 133 students took the exam in the morning session and 132 for the afternoon session.
“Qualifiers who will avail of the program will enjoy full benefits of the scholarship for the whole duration of their programs of study. These include monthly stipend of ₱7,000; tuition fee subsidy of up to ₱40,000 per academic year for those who will enroll in private institutions; learning materials and/or connectivity allowance; one-time MS/PE clothing allowance; one economy-class roundtrip fare per academic year for those who will study outside their home province; group health and accident insurance; and thesis and graduation allowance.”
To avail the scholarship award, qualifiers must enrol in identified priority S&T courses in state universities and colleges, or in private higher education institutions recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Excellence or Centers of Development, or with at least Level III accreditation from the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines for the priority S&T courses. The list of priority S&T courses can be found in the DOST-SEI website.
DOST V joins World Café of Opportunities organized by TESDA Albay
In observance of the National Tech-Voc Day Celebration, DOST-V joins TESDA Albay Provincial Office World Café of Opportunities on 23 August 2022 at SM City Legazpi.
The event is an intervention of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region 5 to provide job opportunities and other employment support interventions and services to Technical Vocational Education and Training graduates.
Opportunities include employment, skills training and upgrading, availment of programs and services of National Government Agencies, entrepreneurship training, and financial loan opportunities.