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 (Region 7).

DOST Region 7 recently inked a deal with the Cebu People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative, to provide the latter’s farmer members with useful livelihood information through the digital information kiosk. The project was recently launched at the South Bus Terminal building.

STARBOOKS is DOST’s nation-wide project aimed at making S&T information accessible and available to Filipino 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 can be digitally accessed by users offline.

DOST-7 has 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 as part of the former’s livelihood and employment program to help its farmer-members improve their livelihood opportunities by giving them access to the livelihood video content of the digital information system.

As farmers now have access to the information system that can help provide them better income opportunities, STARBOOKS is expected to positively impact the local agricultural sector in terms of livelihood enhancement. (Licinio Gingoyon)

This story appeared in Agriculture Monthly’s October 2017 issue.