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.
Ang ating mga FRONTLINERS ay humaharap sa mga panganib sa paglaban sa COVID-19. Ang ating safety ay nakasalalay sa ating pagsunod at sa kanilang sacrifices at services.