By: Lawrence San Diego

Commuting every day in the city is already exhausting enough, so imagine the daily struggles of a person with disability (PWD) like James Bryan Camacho, who simply wants to get from one place to another.

“Ever since I was a kid, I commute day in, day out. Talagang ‘yan ang struggle ko—mobility,” shared Camacho, who had to rely on his saklay or crutch after surviving polio at a young age.

Madalas kasi, mahirap i-ayos ‘yung saklay kapag nasa loob ng sasakyan. ‘Yung laging nakaharang o kaya matatamaan mo ‘yung ibang pasahero. Mas nagiging sagabal pa ang saklay kaysa makatulong.

Camacho relived that same awkwardness with his crutch while boarding a plane on one of his travels. But little did he know that it was the beginning of his life-changing idea.

“A flight attendant tried to help me find a space to store my crutch inside the cabin. But she couldn’t find any, so she ended up wrapping my crutch in packaging tape,” he said. “I knew she was just trying to help, but that encounter somehow sparked a eureka moment for me.”

By: Lawrence San Diego

Are you a new inventor with an exciting new technology to share with the world?

Before taking the next big step with your invention, it’s very important to secure intellectual property (IP) rights for your technology, because nothing breaks the hearts of inventors harder than their precious work left unprotected from IP theft and all their efforts claimed by others.

Good thing the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is helping local inventors and innovators in obtaining legal protection for their inventions through its Intellectual Property Rights Assistance Program (IPRAP).

To do this, DOST-TAPI relies on the expertise of patent agents who act as frontline advocates of inventors to ensure their technologies are legally protected.