Janitress turns over P1.2M found at airport

by Raoul Esperas

Posted at Apr 27 2012 01:41 AM | Updated as of Apr 27 2012 09:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Despite her financial problems, a 32-year-old janitress working at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 surrendered an estimated P1.2 million worth of foreign money left by a passenger.

Mary Jane Doroga, who was tasked to clean the Customs arrival area at NAIA Terminal 1, found a transparent plastic pouch containing a wallet and several pieces of foreign bills.

Doroga immediately sought help of Customs officer Ric Dizon, duty customs supervisor, to help identify the owner.

After waiting for more than 30 minutes, Doroga and Dizon decided to turn over the money to the lost and found section of the airport.

Proper inventory was conducted by airport authorities, who estimated the value of the cash at P1.2 million.

Doroga admitted that she has financial problems. She is only paid a minimum salary of P400 per pay day but she never thought of keeping the money for herself.

The pouch, which did not bear any identification, has yet to be claimed by its owner.

It is now in the custody of airport police.

Dante Basanta, NAIA Terminal 1 manager, lauded Doroga for her exemplary display of honesty and dedication to public service.