This is the goal being set by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal, as he orderd the inclusion of a building attendant in the roster of award recipients for MIAA’s February flag-raising ceremony.
The building attendant is Jeffrey Almoguerra, a 30-year-old employee of Philcare Manpower Services whom Monreal said proved that the culture of honesty, indeed, continues to prevail at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Almoguerra, he said, found an envelope containing a significant amount of US dollar bills while he was carrying out his usual functions as a janitor at the vicinity of a foreign exchange counter located at the NAIA Terminal 1 arrival lobby.
Immediately, Almoguerra reported the matter to a nearby security guard who accompanied him to the MIAA’s Lost and Found Section where together, they turned over the said envelope. In their presence, the dollar bills were inventoried and properly documented.
As of this writing, the lost and found authorities are still waiting for the owner to surface and prove that he or she is the rightful owner because the envelope had no markings on it. The amount is not being disclosed as it will be one of the information needed to confirm ownership.
Almoguerra, it was learned, resides in Paranaque and had been employed by the said agency for one year. He is raising his two children out of his modest earnings as a janitor.
Monreal said he takes pride in Almoguerra’s simple display of honesty, saying his good deed will not go unrecognized.
“We do this (giving recognition) 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,’ Monreal added.