THE Department of Education (DepEd) gave recognition to the heroism of an Iloilo public school teacher who died during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda after saving several children as a first responder in their municipality.
Rogelio Lardera was an outstanding teacher at Concepcion Central School in Iloilo. He teaches science and agriculture subjects.
Lardera, known to his students as Sir Elyong, volunteered to be part of the Manaphag Quick Response Team, which responded to a distress call from the residents of Bacjawan Sur, a coastal area. After their operation, their truck was hit by a fallen tree, which tossed Lardera outside. He was found dead when the storm passed.
“To be a teacher is to have a remarkable life,” said Education Secretary
“Mr. Lardera, at the cost of his own life, saved the lives of several children at the height of Yolanda. His selflessness inspires us all,” Luistro added.
Lardera is survived by wife Leonora Tabares and four children, the youngest being 10 years old. He was 52. He will be given posthumous award as a municipal hero on December 8.