/ 8 August 2021

THE DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology held an orientation and training on the installation of Science and Technology Academic and Research-Based Openly Operated Kiosk Stations at the A.O. Floirendo National High School and Gredu Elementary School through the Provincial S&T Center in Davao del Norte.

Principals, ICT coordinators, and teachers from the two schools attended the event.

They thanked the DOST for the successful installation of the virtual library as it will help develop students’ interest in the field of S&T.

As of June 2021, DOST-XI has deployed 58 STARBOOKS in Davao del Norte and 334 STARBOOKS in Davao Region.

Meanwhile, the National Research Council of the Philippines held a public lecture on the discovery of Homo luzonensis, a new hominid species that dates back around 50,000 to 67,000 years ago.

Dr. Armand Salvador Mijares, the project’s team leader and Professor of Archaeology at UP Diliman, discussed the main characteristics of Homo luzonensis and the implications of the discovery.

“The discovery adds a new member to the genus Homo and makes Southeast Asia an important evolutionary research region,” shared Mijares, adding that the discovery raises more questions on the H. luzonensis’ lineage.

It was the second lecture series held on tne issue as part of the National Quincentennial Commemoration.

Around 400 representatives from local government units, academe, and civil societies joined the discussions.