BAGUIO CITY – The local government conferred to a storekeeper at the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) building the coveted recognition after he returned a wallet containing a huge amount of money he found amidst his need for the same.
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan recognized Ramel Ines Fariñas who is a storekeeper at the YMCA building who found a wallet containing cash amounting to P10,000 and never allowed temptation to take the better of him despite the fact that he had only P20 on his pocket at that time.
The recognition was handed to the recipient during the regular Monday flag-raising ceremony of the local government held at the city hall grounds.
Fariñas immediately got in touch with barangay officials of Campo Filipino through barangay secretary Emilyn Pablo and the City Mayor’s Office to look for the owner of the said wallet.
He surrendered the found wallet to personnel of the City Mayor’s Office for safekeeping until the owner of the wallet will be found.
The owner of the wallet was later identified as Angeline Puzon who, in the presence of Fariñas and Pablo, received from the personnel of the City Mayor’s Office her wallet containing the P10,000 cash.
Domogan pointed out that the display of honesty by Fariñas puts into action the age-old and proven saying, ‘honesty is the best policy,’ and that he has proven Baguio residents live with the highest sense of honesty, one of the trademarks of people from the city.
He underscored the act of honesty of Fariñas is worthy of emulation by the youth and any person to continue to be honest on their daily dealings with anybody.
Domogan assured the local government continues to commend ordinary individuals with extraordinary show of honesty as an individual either in the performance of their private duties or practice of their professions.
The local chief executive urged residents and visitors alike to continue practicing honesty in the performance of their private duties or even in their regular functions as private or public workers so that the city will be continue to be a haven for honest people.
According to him, the conscience of people who return things not belonging to them should cull out the better in them.
He expressed confidence there will be more residents and visitors who will be embracing honesty as their overarching virtue in life and set examples to be emulated by the younger ones considering the reported deteriorating values of the people brought about by the advancement in information and communication technology.
By Dexter A. See
Banner photo: HONEST STORE HELPER – For his honesty, City Mayor Mauricio Domogan invited Ramel Farinas to attend the City Hall flag raising ceremony on January 7, 2019 to give him due recognition and possible employment at City Hall. Farinas (center) is witnessed by Domogan as he returns the purse of Angeline Puzon containing P10,000 cash which she accidentally dropped. By Bong Cayabyab 01/13/19