The savior teacher from Rodero Day Care Center sustained a head injury after she hugged her students to protect them from falling debris when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit Rodero, Makilala, North Cotabato.
According to Marky Mark Ajero, his 61-year-old mother Erlinda Ajero was conducting a 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,” he said.
Upon hearing what happened to his mother, Ajero said he got nervous since his mom has a history of head injury.
“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,” the younger Ajero said in an interview with The Philippine STAR.
We encourage her before na magstop siya pero mahirap po daw kasi part na ng buhay niya ang pagtuturo,” he added.
The savior teacher (Ajero), who is also a public high school teacher in Kidapawan City, understands why his mother did not think twice to protect her students.
According to him, his mother is now in a stable condition. She is resting at home since most of the hospitals were affected by the earthquake.
“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,” he said.
Ajero also said most of the students who were injured are now discharged but one student was brought to a hospital in Davao City due to a fractured hand.
For those who wish to send help, you may contact Marky Mark Ajero at 09090026962. (Photo courtesy of Marky Mark Ajero)
Source: Philippine Star (October 31, 2019)