Status of Implementation and Program/Project Reports
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Good Morning! I am Noel Pla, I am the proprietor of Know-well Office Systems, and more than 3 years ago, DOST helped us expand our business when we shifted from a computer shop to printing business that it is now. The decision to change the business was in time for the 2013 elections. In addition to the tarpaulin printer we had, DOST-SETUP financed our proposal to purchase a high-end digital printer that we used to print posters, product labels, magazines, souvenir programs, yearbooks, brochures, stickers and the like. And from that time on, our sales doubled, even tripled as we have expanded our printing capability, allowing us to acquire additional printing equipment.
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The Commission on Audit (COA) has lauded the Department of Science and Technology's STARBOOKS or Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Station, the first digital science library in the Philippines which can run without Internet connection.
In its final report of 2014, the COA indicated that STARBOOKS is one innovation that merits praise because it provides opportunities to deprived but deserving students in the countryside and gives them access to information on S&T for free.
"Looking at this program, bringing this library to far-flung areas is very noble as far as COA is concerned," stated Kario Almonidovar, Commission on Audit supervising auditor assigned at the DOST. "The social impact of STARBOOKS is very important because this addresses one of the strategic objectives of the government which is poverty alleviation through education, and we approve it, that's why COA is called 'partner in development.'"