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A total of 18 computer units had recently been installed with the Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations (STARBOOKS) digital library for the benefit of selected schools and Tech4Ed Centers in Zamboanga Sibugay.




The Technology Empowerment for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs, and Economic Development (Tech4Ed) is a project that establishes centers that provide critical e-government and ICT-enabled services in technologically challenged and distant communities in the country.

From the mentioned total, 15 of these units now reside in centers throughout the province of Zamboanga Sibugay. Listed below are the centers that now house STARBOOKS-installed units:

1. Brgy. Tomitom Center
2. LGU-RT.Lim Center
3. Brgy. Ipil Heights Center
4. Brgy. Taway Center
5. Brgy. Timalang Center
6. LGU-Alicia Center
7. Brgy. Suclema Center
8. Brgy. Logan Center
9. Brgy. Bangkerohan Center
10. Brgy. Tiayon Center
11. Brgy. Maasin Center
12. Brgy. Doña Josefa Center
13. Brgy. Makilas Center
14. Brgy. Veterans Village Center
15. Brgy. Lower Taway Center


Continuing its deployment of STARBOOKS units, the Department of Science and Technology IX (DOST-IX) also included a number of schools in Tungawan Municipality, one of the recipient LGUs under the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) Program of DOST:

16. Pioneer National High School Tungawan, ZSP
17. San Isidro National High School Tungawan, ZSP
18. Sisay National High School Tungawan, ZSP

The CEST Program empowers the poorest and most depressed communities in the country, via S&T interventions in health and nutrition, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, livelihood/economic enterprise development, and disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

At present, a total of 107 schools and Centers have been installed with the digital library that allows users access to offline resources of over 500,000 local and foreign S&T resources in text, video, and audio formats, which include digitized journals, serial publications, reference materials, and other sci-tech resources found in the DOST-STII (Science and Technology Information Institute)'s libraries. DOST-STII is the developer of this innovative platform that received the Anvil Award and another international award given in the United States.

Local government units, non-government organizations, and educational institutions may avail of the free technology. Guidelines for interest parties are stated below:

• Make a formal request (Letter addressed to the DOST IX Regional Director)
• Ensure Compliance to requirements (IT and manpower components)
• Purchase equipment (specifications listed below)
• MoU signing

Minimum Hardware Requirements:

• 1 Terabyte of Hard Drive
• 2 Gigabytes of RAM
• Intel Core i3
• Motherboard (Compatible with Processor, RAM, and Hard Drive)
• Optical Drive (DVD-RW)
• Monitor
• USB Keyboard/ Mouse
• Headset/Speaker
• Operating System (Windows 7 or higher)

• Space Measuring 3mX4m (with specifications for physical set up of the kiosk)
• Mandatory 1-2 days training
• Focal Person (Preferably your organization's IT personnel, librarians or both)
• Provide training for clients’ designated focal person (IT, librarian or both)

The INSTALLATION of STARBOOKS and its kiosk is FREE.

For more information on STARBOOKS, please call (062) 955-3654 or text 0917 705 4686 and look for Ian Avenido or Bon Padayhag. Email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our Facebook page at

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Department of Science and Technology
Regional Office No. IX
Pettit Barracks, Zamboanga City
Tel.: (062) 991-1024
Telefax: (062) 992-1114