Ninoy Aquino International Airport - A newly arrived OFW experienced service at its best after he recovered his hard earned savings in the amount of $3,000.00.
Virgilio Legaspi, who arrived today on board a PAL flight from the Dammam, Saudi Arabia, took a yellow taxi from NAIA 1 and asked to be brought to a bus station in Sampaloc. However, upon checking his belongings, he was shocked to discover that his money was missing. He immediately took a cab back to NAIA 1 with the hope to get his money back.
The driver, Gilbert Punzalan of Golden Star Transport, an accredited transport company in NAIA, said that he noticed a white envelope beside the hand break of his vehicle. Thinking it was trash, he took the envelope and was about to throw it when he felt something was inside it.
He was surprised to see 30 pieces of $100 bills inside and immediately looked for any identification of the owner that he can find. He discovered that the name of the owner matched the name of the passenger in his the dispatch slip. He immediately notified his superiors and rushed back to NAIA Terminal 1 with the hope that the owner would come back for his money.
Legaspi and Punzalan finally met and the former was so happy to get his money back.
“Ako po ay nagpapasalamat kay Bro. Honest siya talaga kaya bilib po ako talaga sa kanya. Talagang improved na.”
When asked further about what advice he can give to other taxi drivers, Punzalan has this to say; “ Pera lang yan madaling kitain. Ang tiwala mawawala sa inyo kung sakaling pag interesan ninyo ang mga bagay na hindi sa inyo. Sana tularan nyo si Bro sa ginawa nya.”
For his part, driver Punzalan said “alam ko pong pinaghirapan ni Sir yan perang yan. Mahirap pong gastusin ang perang hindi mo pinaghirapan. Mas importante po ang trabaho namin.” Punzalan has been an accredited transport driver in NAIA for 6 years.
MIAA GM Ed Monreal said that he is proud to have the likes of Mr. Gilbert Punzalan among the ranks of NAIA accredited taxi drivers.
“Ako ay nagagalak sa katapatan ni Mr. Gilbert Punzalan. Sana manatili siyang tapat sa kanyang trabaho at maging tunay na ehemplo ng kabutihan sa mga kapwa niya transport drivers.
Ang mga maliliit na kabayanihang tulad ng kanyang ginawa ay malaking tulong sa ating efforts na mapaganda ang imahe ng NAIA sa mundo.”