Honest NAIA workers

April 16, 2024 Jun I. Legaspi 258 views

MANILA International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Eric Ines expressed appreciation for the honesty of two workers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Victor Perez, 52, was recognized for his honesty after he returned $10,000 that he found at the east bridge of NAIA Terminal 1 arrival extension on April 13.

Perez, 52, who works as a porter in NAIA, was retrieving used pushcarts when he noticed something on the pavement. He went to check it and was surprised to find a bundle of US dollar bills.

He immediately turned over the money to the lost and found office hoping the owner would look for it. An inventory yielded 100 pieces of $100 bills approximately amounting to P565,735 based on the prevailing exchange rate.

Around 2:15 p.m. of the same day, a Korean national who arrived via Asiana flight came to claim the money which according to him fell out of his pocket while going down the ramp leading to the arrival extension area.

Review of CCTV footage confirmed the identity of the Korean national as the rightful owner of the money.

Another act of honesty was shown by Albert Bautista, a security guard of Lanting Security Services, who turned over a bag he found at Bay 7 of the arrival area while on patrol last April 14. The bag contained a laptop, smartphone and a gold necklace which was surrendered to the T3 lost and found office and claimed later by the owner.

“Hats off to Messrs Victor Perez and Albert Bautista for their honesty. Both should be emulated by everyone in NAIA. Let the culture of honesty thrive amid endless temptations around us,” said MIAA GM Eric Ines.