As the old English saying goes: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” The proverb essentially means people will invent or innovate if they need things to better their lives. Thanks to the right amount of patience and hard work – a watchmaker from Lucena City, Quezon was able to build a fan that works without a battery or electric current.
It would appear that 69-year-old Ramon Salva achieved a milestone in his life. For almost 50 years, he dedicated his life to fixing and repairing other people’s watches. But the two decades of his career are perhaps the most meaningful for him.
Due to hardships in his life, Mr. Salva took 20 years to finish the invention that could be a game changer. Ramon began to build the special fan he called “Salfan” back in 1996. Salfan comes from the first syllable of his surname while the fan is obviously the project. It was a tiny “electric” fan that doesn’t need electricity to work. Through keen observation, the mechanism which powered the fan closely resembles a watch.
Although proud of his project and achievement, Ramon admitted that he couldn’t afford to buy the parts needed to improve his invention. He also can’t register a patent for his project in the government. The distance of his hometown to Manila has been a hindrance for his work to get recognized. On ABS-CBN’s Sunday magazine show “Rated K,” it was revealed that the money he could use for the fare was often used to feed his family.
Thankfully, the show helped the inventor bring the “Salfan” to the office of the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Taguig City.
According to the Senior Science Research Specialist, Engr. Janeth Cruzada, the watchmaker still has plenty to go through in order for his invention to be registered under his own name. The process involves filing forms and disclosure agreements, as well as proof that it is not identical to other inventions around the globe.
Meanwhile, the 69-year-old watchmaker believes that the “Salfan” is the only fan in the world that works without the use of any source of energy.
In the end, Ramon has high hopes that his years of dedication will finally be worth it.
“‘Di ko naman po pinangarap ang mayaman. Ang gusto ko po, kung ano lang ang ibibigay sa akin ng Diyos, iyon ang tatanggapin ko. Yun po ang aking pangarap. At makatulong po sa aking mga kapatid at ibang taong mahihirap kung sakaling ibibigay na sa akin ng Diyos iyan.”
Watch his interview featured on “Rated K” in the video below.
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Posted by Leading Trends on Sunday, January 14, 2018
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