She cannot contain her joy and excitement as she sees her son walking towards her. She welcomed him with tight hugs and happy tears as a loving mother would.
Her son is finally back home. Twelve-year-old foundling Eric Apura is now with his family after he left their home in Rodriguez, Rizal for almost a year. He was lost and had no idea how to return home.
“Bilang isang ina, napakahirap po na araw at gabi lumilipad po iyong isip ko. Kahit po marami po akong anak, talagang napakahirap po kapag ang isa po sa mga anak ay hindi ko po kapiling,” (As a mother, I think of my son every night and day. Even if I have a lot of children, it is painful for me to see them incomplete), Eric’s mother, Myla Apura, exclaimed.
Through the Quezon City- Social Services Development Department, Eric was turned over last December 2018 to Bantay Bata 163’s Children Village for proper care and intervention. As one of the Children’s Village clients, Eric is described by his house parents as obedient, kind, and generous.
The Children’s Village promotes the social and psychological development of the child. Children are being taken care of by house parents and social workers by giving them basic needs like food, shelter, and education.
Now that Eric is home, Myla expressed her endless gratitude to the program as well as to the house parents of the Children’s Village who served as second mothers to children in need like Eric.
“Bilang case manager ni Eric, sobrang saya ko na nahanap natin iyong family niya. Iyong maibigay natin sa family iyong bata, ito iyong pinaka-importante. The best pa rin iyong nasa family ang isang bata kasi doon mabibigyan siya ng pagkakataon na mabuo ang sarili niya,” (As Eric’s case manager, I am happy that we found his family. It is important for him to be with his family for him to really grow holistically), Jayson Tripulca said, Bantay Bata 163 Social Worker.
“Masaya ako na dito na ako sa bahay”, (I’m glad I’m home.) said Eric. (Fifth from right)