Screening officers return US$2,100 left behind at NAIA checkpoint

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – Two security screening personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) proved that no amount of money can match a good conscience.

Office for Transportation Security (OTS) Administrator Usec. Raul Del Rosario lauded airport Security Screening Officers Donn Mark Rivera and Luzviminda Galivo’s display of honesty when they returned a white envelope containing cash, 21 pieces of 100 US dollars or approximately P105,000, to its rightful owner after it was left behind at the terminal’s security screening checkpoint on January 3, 2020.

“Ang ganda pong balita nitong bumungad sa atin (This is such a good news that welcomed us),” Del Rosario said.

“Ang good deeds po ng ating mga personnel will not be left unnoticed. Wala man po itong monetary reward, bibigyan naman po natin ito ng pagkilala and magiging record na nila yan sa kanilang serbisyo. For sure, may good karma na babalik sakanila,” he added.

(Our personnel’s good deeds will not be left unnoticed. This may not have a monetary reward but surely their deeds will be recognized and will be part of their service records. For sure, something good will come to them in return.)

Meanwhile, the official hinted at the upcoming revamp among OTS personnel to stop those who are committing unlawful acts, in line with the agency’s campaign against corruption.

“Para ma-avoid natin yung familiarity sa bawat station, particular dito sa NAIA. Hopefully makatulong ito pati ung aming regular na surveillance sa mga terminal, para mabawasan kung hindi man maubos ‘yung mga hindi gumagawa ng maganda,” he explained.

(To avoid familiarity [among personnel] in each station, particularly here in NAIA. Hopefully, this would help as well as our regular surveillance in terminals to minimize, if not totally curb, unscrupulous personnel.)

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