Some students are lucky enough to get their school needs or can go to school with ease. Meanwhile, there are other kids who have to exert maximum effort in order to get an education. In a remote land, in Caraga, Davao Oriental, it takes 8 hours of travel for students who went to take home their school supplies. Because their learning facility, Butay Integrated School, lacks some school equipment.
The area is not passable by any vehicles, therefore the students volunteered to get the armchairs given by Department of Education (DepEd). They went through steep, slippery, and mud-filled lands for around 8 hours carrying a wooden armchair above their shoulders. It’s an extreme journey for these young scholars, but they still ignored the obstacles coming from their way.
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The trip gets harder in their fifth hour of walking, the students have to cross the Caraga River because there are no available roads. The only way to make it to the other end is through the Salay, a cable car-like made from rattan. Local residents and the school head were the minds behind the said transportation means. According to local stories, the river gets to a high level, so they repair the Salay every 3 months.
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It was already sunset when Butay Integrated students have finally reached their school. But the looks on their faces were worth the journey they risked.
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