While the nation and the rest of the world stand still in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the small and medium entrepreneurs (MSME) have been in the front line of business who are greatly affected by the ongoing pandemic.
To help SMEs rise above the challenge, the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) offers assistance to local entrepreneurs that addresses their need to access laboratory and testing facilities, and acquire additional equipment to improve their operations and production.
One of which is the Strategic Promotion through Integrating Collaboration and Engagement of SMEs to Support the Technology Transfer and Commercialization of DOST-Developed Technologies including Testing Laboratories and Services or #SPICEStoDOSTLabS.
ADMATEL offers advanced analytical equipment for failure analysis and materials characterization
In 2002, the United Nations recognized that the human right to water is indispensable for leading a life in dignity. It has also become a prerequisite for the realization of other human rights.
However, the reality is not quite as ideal as it should be with billions of people around the world still not able to access clean water on a daily basis.
Let alone in the Philippines, climate change continues to take its toll on the water supply in Metro Manila and other parts of the country. The drying up of fresh water sources leads to water rationing, which is prone to unequal distribution and worse, surge in water prices.
Similarly, along the worsening scarcity of clean water, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System reported in 2019 that around 39% of the water supply in the metropolis are wasted due to both old busted sewage pipes and unsustainable practices in households.
This crisis calls for immediate action from both the government and the scientific community to come up with sustainable ways of reducing both the average consumption and wastage of clean water to its bare minimum.
As always, the creative minds of Filipino inventors never fail to amaze us with their timely and unique inventions that offer solutions to the crisis that our country continues to deal with.
It takes one to know one, therefore, who better to come up with great innovations than those who actually lived the struggle.
Most people often take for granted the things that other people are dreaming to have. For instance, people with disabilities are hindered from experiencing some things the way a full-abled person experiences them, such as standing firm without the need for support.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, around 1.4 million Filipinos in 2012 were included in the Persons with Disability (PWD) sector. These Filipinos are in one way or another deprived of a certain physical aspect that others are privileged to enjoy.
Despite this, it is imperative that we recognize PWDs as capable individuals. History proves that disability is not an impediment for a person to achieve greatness, with the likes of former US president Franklin Roosevelt, Filipino hero Apolinario Mabini, and former COMELEC Chair Grace Padaca all of whom are polio survivors but are able to leave a mark in their respective fields.
And just like them, comes a young Filipino inventor who used his disability to create an instrument that can make the life of his fellow PWDs more convenient.
James Camacho, inventor and user of the foldable crutch system or adaptive crutch as he calls it, is a polio survivor who has been dependent on mobility assistive devices all his life.
As our country continues its battle against the COVID19 pandemic, questions on the learning continuity in the education sector has been bubbling up ever since almost all classes nationwide were cancelled as a safety response against the threat of putting the health of Filipino learners at risk.
In the middle of this quest for normalcy under these trying times comes the ingenious minds of Filipino inventors and innovators offering to us their unique and timely creations that could potentially play a great part in solving this dilemma.
One example is Xentrinobot, an educational mobile robotics platform invented by Christopher Coballes. Built with less mechanical parts, the Xentrinobot is more handy compared to other assistance robots that are out on the market, hence making it cheaper to produce and more user-friendly and offers a way to help educators facilitate learning without the need for physical contact.
SCIENCE FOR THE PEOPLE. Representatives from DOST-TAPI conduct an inspection and evaluation of Mr. Christopher Coballes’(left) laboratory where his robotics inventions come to life.