DOST gives internet connectivity to 15 remote schools in Aurora

BALER, Aurora (PIA) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has provided internet connectivity to a total of 15 far flung schools in Aurora.

Each school received a Starlink kit from SpaceX consisting of a satellite dish and router with a one-year free internet subscription and wi-fi extender.

DOST Aurora science research specialist Regine Maines said the  Starlink satellite internet service allows teachers and students to connect and explore digital media resources and access vast amounts of information beyond traditional textbooks. 

“This project provides access to an efficient internet connection, giving schools the opportunity to keep up with the current teaching methods. And with this, students may be able to participate in online interactive courses,” she added.

Recipients include Calaocan Integrated School, Diniog National High School, Diagyan National High School, Dimanayat Integrated School, Cabog Integrated School, San Ildefonso Elementary School, Dumaguipo Elementary School, and Ura Elementary School.

Also, Dikapinisan Elementary School, Dianao Elementary School, Diarabasin Elementary School, Dimotol Elementary School, Kalapnit Elementary School, Suguit National High School, and Mangitahan Elementary School.

This is the second batch to receive Starlink kits. In 2023, 11 remote schools in the province were provided with internet connectivity.

The agency allotted P1.563 million for the project under the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) program.

CEST facilitates the transfer of technologies to identified communities along the areas of education, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, disaster risk reduction, and industry development or livelihood. (CLJD/MAT-PIA 3)

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