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DOST-STII plans to include Philippine history into their digital science library

Adrian M. Reodique | Aug. 16, 2016
The Virtual Sentro Rizal contains collection of reference materials on Philippine history, arts and culture.

The Department of Science and Technology-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) plans to include Philippine history, arts and culture into their digital science library.

In a press release, DOST-STII said they plan to integrate Filipiniana digital collection called "Virtual Sentro Rizal" into the content of SuperSTARBOOKS, the latest version of the digital science library.

The Virtual Sentro Rizal or Multi-lingual Virtual Sentro Rizal is a portable digital collection of reference materials on Philippine history, arts and culture. It was put together by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, with funding from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). It was originally created to educate Filipino children abroad - as well as those whose parents work overseas - about the country's culture.

According to Mary Grace A. Tirona, former Undersecretary of the CFO, the Virtual Sentro Rizal is stored in an external hard drive and comes with a user's manual in seven version using different dialects.

It contains videos on National Hero Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, resources of Filipino values, traditional dances, arnis, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country, geography, churches, climate change, and environment.

"It is high time for us to integrate the teaching of S&T with the appreciation for everything Filipino because it is also our way of addressing the problem of a perceived lack of nationalism among Filipino scientists who would jump at the chance to seek greener pastures, by inculcating a sense of nationalism among them - that they should serve first the country and its people," said Alan Taule, Chief of STII's Information Resources and Analysis Division.

"Our objective is for the scientists to be more knowledgeable about culture and the arts and for our artists to appreciate the hard work being done by our Filipino scientists and researchers," Taule continued. "It's going to be a win-win solution."


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