STARBOOKS which stands for Science & Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly-Operated Kiosk System, will now be used for livelihood purposes, particularly in Central Visayas (Region7).
DOST Region 7 recently inked a deal with a multi-purpose cooperative to provide the latter’s farmer-members useful livelihood information through the digital information kiosk.
This is the Cebu People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative which launched the project on August 3, 2017 in its area at the South Bus Terminal building.
STARBOOKS is DOST’s nation-wide project aimed at making S&T information accessible and available to our citizens, especially those in the countryside. This self-contained computer system serves as a one-stop-shop digital compendium of S&T information gathered from local and foreign sources.
The digital information kiosks, which are also now installed in various educational institutions around the country, are repositories for science and technology and livelihood information that could be digitally accessed by users offline.
DOST-7 installed, for educational purposes, more than 150 STARBOOKS in different schools in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor in Region 7.
The cooperative sought the installation of STARBOOKS in its office to help its farmer-members improve their livelihood opportunities by enabling them to access to the livelihood video contents of the digital information system.
This project is undertaken by the cooperative in partnership with DOST 7 as part of the former’s livelihood and employment program.
As farmers now have access to the information system that could provide them better income opportunities, STARBOOKS is expected to positively impact on the agriculture sector in terms of livelihood enhancement. (Press Release, Licinio Gingoyon)