January 16, 2019 at 10:20 pm
Joel E. Zurbano
A 30-year-old building attendant proved the culture of honesty is present at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the country´s premier gateway.
Jeffrey Almoguerra, an employee of Philcare Manpower Services, chanced upon an envelope containing huge amount of money.
He found the envelope while doing his job at the vicinity of a foreign exchange counter at the arrival lobby of NAIA Terminal 1.
Almoguerra immediately reported the matter to a security guard who accompanied him to the airport´s Lost and Found Section where he turned over the envelope.
Lost and Found section personnel inventoried and documented the money (US dollar bills) in the presence of Almoguerra and the security guard.
Officials of the Manila International Airport Authority-Media Affairs Division said as of noon Wednesday, Lost and Found authorities were waiting for the claimant who should be able to prove that he or she was the rightful owner because the envelope had no markings on it.
"The amount is not being disclosed as it will be one confirmatory information to be asked by MIAA authorities to possible claimants. He or she should know the exact amount and that will be the basis in returning the money to the owner,¨ a MIAA-MAD staff said.
Almoguerra, a resident of Parañaque City, has been employed by Philcare Manpower Services for one year.
He is raising his two children out of his modest earnings as a janitor at the airport.
MIAA general manager Eddie Monreal commended Almoguera and ordered his men to include him in the roster of award recipients for the agency’s February flag raising ceremony.
“We do this on purpose because we want everyone in the MIAA organization to emulate simple yet noble deeds such as what Mr. Almoguerra exhibited. I urge all our service contractors to also recognize their employees for their simple achievements and take care of them because they set good examples. We want goodness and honesty to become viral in NAIA,” said Monreal.
In November 2018, an honest airport worker also returned a pouch containing more than P120, 000 owned by a Korean tourist.
Hwang Sung Ha, who arrived via Asiana flight OZ703 last October 31, unknowingly dropped his pouch at the UBE Express counter located at the arrival area of NAIA Terminal 1.
The pouch, which contained an Asiana Club Visa card; Shinsegae Duty Free card; USD 2,056; 31,000.00 Korean won; 6,020.00 Thailand baht, and P20.00, was found by Judith Mertola, an employee of Lucky Jet Travel and Tours around 12:30 pm the next day.