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GenSan airport porter returns bag with cash, valuables

June 8, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 310 views

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) takes great pride in acknowledging the “exemplary honesty” and integrity demonstrated by an airport employee at General Santos Airport.

Edgardo Roy Butohan, a concession porter at the airport, discovered a lost black Nike bag at the Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) Departure Entrance on June 4, 2023, at 1:05 p.m.

The bag belonged to Noraima Impal and contained valuable items, including a laptop and 27 pieces of US$100 bills, equivalent to P151,436,25.

Impal accidentally left her bag behind at a seat near the PTB entrance while awaiting her relative’s arrival.

Butohan promptly noticed the abandoned bag and immediately reported the discovery to the appropriate authorities.

His quick actions and honesty played a crucial role in ensuring the safe retrieval of Impal’s belongings, according to CAAP.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Butohan, the airport staff, and the Civil Security Unit of General Santos Airport, Impal was able to reclaim her possessions at the airport’s CAAP Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) office.

It is worth noting that upon inspection, all the bag contents were intact and complete, reflecting the commendable integrity displayed by Butohan.

“CAAP would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to Edgardo Roy Butohan for exemplifying the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, and integrity. His remarkable act serves as an inspiration and reminder to all airport personnel and the aviation community at large, that honesty and upholding ethical values remain paramount in the service we provide,” remarked CAAP Director General Captain Manuel Antonio Tamayo.

CAAP also extends its gratitude to the airport staff and the CSIS for their prompt assistance in ensuring the safe return of Impal’s belongings.

CAAP said it remains steadfast in its commitment to maintaining a culture of honesty, transparency, and professionalism within the Philippine aviation industry.

Airport employees and stakeholders are enjoined to follow the shining example set by Butohan as the aviation community collectively strives to provide exceptional service to passengers and uphold the highest ethical standards, the aviation authority stated.