- An inspirational teacher risks her life to save her students
- Hailed as a hero, the 61-year-old teacher Erlinda Ajero held onto her students during an earthquake, shielding them from peril
- Ajero, she sustained several injuries from the collapsed wall, but she said she would never hesitate to do it again
Whenever there is a calamity, we see the willingness of others to help those in need. Sometimes, we disregard our personal safety for the well-being of others, And this is what the teacher who risked her own life just to save her day care pupils during an earthquake that hit her hometown.
A Teacher filled with Courage
Hailed as a hero, the 61-year-old teacher Erlinda Ajero had very little time to evacuate her students as the magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit Rodeo Makilala, North Cotabato. But instead of causing panic to her students, she gathered them around like a mother hen and sheltered the little tykes with her body.
As for Ajero, she sustained several injuries from the collapsed wall, but she said she would never hesitate to do it again. The hero teacher was praised all over social media after her son, Marky Mark Ajero, shared her heroic deed on Facebook.
Mark, who also happens to be a fellow public school teacher, narrated that his mother was having her class when the strong earthquake happened.
“Niyakap na lang daw niya ang mga bata sa loob ng room kaya siya tinamaan ng pag collapse ng wall,” Mark shared.
[All she could do was to hug her students tight while they were inside the room, that’s why she got hit by a collapsed wall.]
Although he knew his mother wouldn’t have wanted it any other way, Mark was scared when he heard about what his mother did because she already had a head injury prior to that. But thankfully, his mother is out of danger and in a stable condition.
According to a report done by The Philippine Star, the son expressed that he understood why his mother risked her life for the kids.
“Twenty five years nang day care teacher [si mama], parang anak na po turing niya sa mga bata. Uunahin po niya kapakanan ng mga bata niya bago sarili po niya. We encourage her before na magstop siya pero mahirap po daw kasi part na ng buhay niya ang pagtuturo.”
[[Our mother] has been a day care teacher for twenty five years, and she treats her pupils like they are her own children. She would put the safety of the children before her own. We encouraged her before to stop but she said it would be difficult for her because teaching has already been part of her life.]
Currently, although she’s feeling better, Ajero still experiences pain and couldn’t walk.
“She is doing fine po. [Pero] ‘di pa po masyado makagalaw si mama dahil masakit po ‘yung katawan niya. ‘Di din siya makalakad dahil sa sprained ankle po,” Mark explained.
[She’s doing fine. But mom still can’t move much because her body is still hurting. She can’t walk too because of a sprained ankle.]
For anyone who is willing to help Ajero and her family, simply contact her son Marky Mark Ajero at 0909-002-6962.
Source: Buhay Teacher