It was recently inaugurated by representatives of the national and local government, community leaders, and officers and members of various civic organizations.
In the past, heavy rains would cause the river to rise, making it impassable. Consequently, it brought to a standstill daily activities like children going to school, government employees going about their usual functions, traders transporting their wares, and the like.
The bridge will also help prevent the recurrence of unfortunate events like the drowning of five children trying to cross the river to go to school.
In the true spirit of Bayanihan, the bridge project was not only a collaboration of various organizations and funding agencies, but also demonstrated unity and camaraderie among the local citizenry, who each donated at least a day of labor, without pay.
The second phase of the project, soon to be undertaken, involves the construction of a Mangyan Heritage Park and will be funded by the Feathered Friends Foundation, an NGO based in Occidental Mindoro.