Photographer Eloisa Lopez documented commuters through the gridlocked streets of the Philippines metropolis – some of them travelling three hours each way to and from work

Flashlight in hand, the street-sweeper Alejandro Galasao, 58, navigates a labyrinth of alleys to catch a bus to the capital, Manila, 30km (18.6 miles) away. He has to wake up in the middle of the night for a job that does not start until 6am. Traffic is so bad in Manila that if he leaves any later than 3.30am, there is no way he will clock in on time.

“If I go to work at rush hour, it would take me three hours, but without traffic, my travel time is just an hour,” Galasao told Reuters. “This is the only job I know. Even if I find something else, I doubt I would earn any better. To be honest, there’s really not enough time [when I get home] to sleep.”

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