MCIAA to honor honest employee

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Monday, February 18, 2013


THE Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) will honor a passenger service agent who returned a bag owned by a Japanese national containing a huge amount of money.

MCIAA General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete said Kim George Salutillo, a passenger service agent of Cebu Pacific Air, returned the bag, which he found behind the pre-boarding area at Gate 5 of the airport at 10:30 a.m. last Feb. 7.

The bag was owned by Ryoji Morimoto of 1378 Minamitahara Cho Ikoma-Shi, Japan. He has been traveling to the US, Thailand and the Philippines.

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Corporal Benjamin Buagas Jr., airport police investigator, and Melvin Gayotin, manager of MCIAA Emergency and Security Services Department, reported to Villarete that the bag contained 249,000 Japanese yen; US$830; 14,330 Thailand Baht and P1,330.

Good name

“We will honor him (Salutillo) for being one of the honest people who returned money that belongs to other people. It gives a good name not only to Cebu but to the entire country as well,” Villatere said.

Villarete said there had been several people at the Mactan airport who returned valuable items left by passengers and Salutillo is now among them in the list.

After he found the bag and saw that it contained money, Salutillo immediately turned it over to his superiors at Cebu Pacific Air, who then reported the matter to the airport police.

Buagas said Morimoto, a passenger of Cebu Pacific Flight No. 5J564, got back his bag through Cebu Pacific Manager Johnny Yap with its contents intact as shown in the police inventory.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 18, 2013.

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