World's worst airport boasts of honest porters

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 04 2014 02:24 AM | Updated as of Feb 04 2014 08:11 PM

MANILA -- While the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has been listed as one of the worst airports in the world, it can boast of honest workers.

One of them is porter Jony Villon who recently returned $4,800 or more than P210,000 in cash to its rightful owner, who is an OFW.

Villon said that as a former OFW in Israel, he understands how valuable an OFW's earnings are.

"Alam ko po ang hirap ng isang OFW, kung kaya hindi ko naisip na ibulsa yung napulot ko," Villon, breadwinner of his family, said.

Back in April 2012, Mary Jennifer Doroga, a janitress at NAIA Terminal 1, returned an estimated amount of P1.2 million worth of foreign money left by a passenger.

Doroga, who was tasked to clean the Customs arrival area at NAIA Terminal 1, found the money inside a wallet in a transparent plastic pouch.

The 33-year-old janitress is still the breadwinner of her family. All her siblings have their own families already.

"Siya lang ang mag isang aking katulong tulong. Sabi ko nga mag-ano-ano ka na sa sarili mo dahil matanda ka na, ako matanda na rin, naku!" her mother ,Teodora, said

Had she chosen to keep the money, all of her financial woes could have ended. But Doroga said she values her principles more than money.

"Kahit pa na gipit ako, di ko naisip itago yung pera. At least nakakatulog ako ng mahimbing dahil hindi ko pinag-interesan 'yung pera na 'yun," she said.

Doroga said she is happy to be an inspiration to her fellow workers.

"Pag nakikita po nila ako, sinasabi nila, 'oi napanood kita! Good work, pagbutihin mo!'" she said.

Like Doroga, porter Daniel Valentin could have also ended his financial problems when he found P100,000 inside a wallet accidentally left behind by a returning OFW from Dubai.

But instead of keeping the money, Valentin immediately called the attention of his superiors so they can return the wallet to its owner.

Valentin said he never had second thoughts on keeping the wallet because he believes in karma.

"Hindi ko na po pinag-isipan na itago ang wallet dahil alam ko na kung sino man ang may-ari ay mayroon itong paglalaanan," he said.

Alma Oandasan, sanitation head of the NAIA terminal 1, said while the airport has been called worst in the world, we should still be proud of our honest kababayans.

"Worst airport man tayo in terms of facilities, dahil luma sa talaga itong terminal natin, pero ang masasabi ko naman e honest ang ating mga janitors at kinararangal namin sila," she said.—with reports from Bettina Magsaysay and Raoul Esperas, ABS-CBN News