For majority of families, going to school involves a short walk or drive in the morning. But a group of children living in a far-flung village in southern Philippines has to use a hand-installed steel cable to cross the huge, treacherous river before reaching the school. There’s an alternate route, but children still risk their lives crossing the cable, because it takes much less time.
The cable is also the lifeline even for old residents, who have been left with no choice but to pull themselves across a forbidding cable bridge every day to get themselves to and from the other side of the village. The makeshift bridge was built in 2011, after a damaging typhoon wrought havoc in the province, when intensified calls for a footbridge to be built in Sitio Gutom galvanized the local officials into action.
Reel Time shared their story to students, parents and government officials residing in urban Metro Manila – using virtual reality technology. They were shocked and surprised at the wire walkers of Sitio Gutom. Following the filming of their stories which went viral in the social media, local government officials immediately allocated the necessary funds for the construction of a suspension bridge in the community.
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