By Nino Luces
LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – Two senior high school students from Bonifacio D. Borebor Sr. High School in Caramoan town in Camarines Sur province is set to receive awards for bravery from the Department of Education (DepEd) regional office here after they saved an old man from drowning recently.
DepEd Bicol regional director Gilbert Sadsad confirmed that Edward Laurenciano Ortil and Joshua Amaro, both senior high school students will be receiving certificates of appreciation and school supplies at the regional office of DepEd on Tuesday after jumping off an overflowing to save 74-year old Prospero “Pay Erong” Sueno, a retired barber of Barangay Tawog, Caramoan, Camarines Sur last week.
“God always sends His angels to save every precious life. Not minding that they were in school attire, and the flooded river was about 10 feet deep, Edward and Joshua moved as one to save Pay Erong,” Sadsad narrated.
Sadsad said that the school guard Manuel Cepeda had earlier seen “Pay Erong” being carried away by strong current in the river. Sensing that he could not get to the drowning old man, he shouted for help so that others could try and rescue Sueno.
“Nakita po ni Manuel Cepeda na may taong inaanod ng baha at hindi siya pwedeng tumalon kasi sa lokasyon naman niya kung kaya tumawag ng saklolo,” he said.
Pay Erong later narrated that he found himself trapped in the middle of a raging flood as he tried to cross a narrow portion of the river after he decided to abandon his farm.
It was while he was crossing the river that rushing waters overwhelmed him.
Sueno thanked Ortil and Amaro for risking their lives just to be able to save him.