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Romeo and Nita- a journey of honesty

Posted in BE HONEST! BE A TRUE FILIPINO! with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2009 by zuchxenon
Romeo pelaez,PGMA and Nita ramos

Romeo pelaez,PGMA and Nita ramos

TWO MAINTENANCE workers at the country’s premier airports are receiving praises for doing what, to them, was the normal thing to do: Be honest.

The two, a janitor at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and a janitress at the Manila Domestic Airport, returned valuables that could have made them a few hundred thousand pesos richer.

On Tuesday, airline janitor Romeo Pelaez was on duty cleaning an aircraft of Japan Airlines (JAL) when he found a bag which turned out to contain 3 million yen, or P1.5 million, a cellular phone and documents.

The bag was owned by a Japanese national and his Filipino wife who were passengers of JAL flight JL 745 from Narita, which arrived at about 10:40 p.m. on March 29.

The couple had inadvertently left the bag in their seat in the business class section of the aircraft.

Pelaez, “Mang Romy” at the airport, immediately turned over the bag with its valuables to the JAL Passenger Service Section.

The couple, who JAL officers declined to identify for their protection, went to the airline’s office at the Naia on Wednesday to inquire if the money had been found.

It was handed over to them intact.

Faith in the Filipino

At the JAL office yesterday, Pelaez, 46, told reporters that returning the money was the right thing to do.

“(He) exemplifies a rare breed among men—providing a proud moment that restores our faith in the Filipino,” JAL said in a statement.

Cris Zenarosa, JAL deputy station manager, said that the airline would definitely reward Pelaez for his honesty.

Pelaez earns the daily minimum wage. He is employed by DIARS Co., a contractor which provides the airline with maintenance people.

Pelaez has been working as a janitor and messenger since 1982.

23 pieces of jewelry

In another case of honesty, 44-year-old Nita Ramos, a janitress of PRC Management System, turned over pieces of jewelry she had found at the Manila Domestic Airport yesterday noon.

The jewelry cost an estimated P150,000 to P200,000, according to Nemencio Bawalan of the Investigation and Intelligence Division of the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa).

Ramos found a red jewelry box containing 23 pieces of jewelry such as gold and silver rings, in the pre-departure ladies room of the domestic airport at around 12:30 p.m.

Bawalan said airport officials would turn over the jewelry to its owners once they come forward and present proof of ownership.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo celebrated today her 58th birthday by awarding cash gifts to two honest employes of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“Thank you for the good example that you’ve shown to our countrymen,” the President told Nita Gallebo Ramos, 44, janitress, and Romeo Pelaez, 46, messanger/janitor for Japan Airlines, both workers at the NAIA.

The President invited Ramos and Pelaez to Malacañang to personally meet and thank them.

“Kayo ang regalo para sa akin, kasi mababait kayo. At natutuwa ako kasi meron tayong mamamayan na may magandang asal ( I am very happy for having honest people like you. You are my birthday gift because you are good people)”, the President said.

The Chief Executive told Ramos and Pelaez that the P50,000 cash gift is an expression of thanks for the good example they have shown to the Filipino people.

The President also treated to lunch the two employes and their families after their short meeting at Malacanang’s Study Room.

MIAA general manager Alfonso Cusi was present during the awards.

On March 30, Pelaez, an employe of DIARS company, while cleaning flight JL745 from Narita International Airport, found a bag left behind in a business class seat. Without hesitation, he endorsed the item to the Japan Air Lines passenger service section, which turned over the bag to the owner, a Japanese. The bag contained major credit cards, a cellular phone, some personal documents and three million Yen or about P1.5 million.

On the other hand, on March 31, Ramos found a red box containing jewelry worth around P150,000 inside one of the cubicles at the pre-departure area of the old NAIA terminal at 12:30 in the morning. She immediately reported the incident to her supervisor who brought the jewelry box to the MIAA Intelligence and Investigation Division (IID).

To date, no rightful owner has come to claim the item so the lost and found section of the MIAA-IID will temporarily take custody of the items recovered by Ramos.

Earlier, the President conferred the Golden Heart Award with the rank of Grand Cross on Carol Bellamy, executive director of the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), for her valuable contribution to the improvement of the lives of children and women worldwide.




Posted in Philippines Pride! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2009 by zuchxenon
Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa Underground River


The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 kilometers north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It is located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the northern coast of the island. The City Government of Puerto Princesa has managed the National Park since 1992. It is also known as St. Paul’s Subterranean River National Park, or St. Paul Underground River. The entrance to the Subterranean River is a short hike from the town of Sabang. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park has been nominated for the “New Seven Wonders of Nature” competition.


The park has a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 kilometer navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The area also represents a habitat for biodiversity conservation. The site contains a full mountain-to-the-sea ecosystem and has some of the most important forests in Asia. It was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on December 4, 1999.


The Park has a range of forest formations representing eight of the thirteen forest types found in tropical Asia, namely forest over ultramafic soils, forest over limestone soils, montane forest, freshwater swamp forest, lowland evergreen tropical rainforest, riverine forest, beach forest, and mangrove forest. Researchers have identified more than 800 plant species from 300 genera and 100 families. These include at least 295 trees dominated by the dipterocarp type of species.


Birds comprise the largest group of vertebrates found in the Park. Of the 252 bird species known to occur in Palawan, a total of 165 species of birds was recorded in the park from. This represents 67% of the total birds and all of the 15 endemic bird species of Palawan. Notable species seen in the park are the Blue-napped parrot (Tanygnathus lucionensis), Tabon scrub fowl (Megapodius cumunigii), Hill myna (Gracula religiosa), Palawan hornbill (Anthracoceros marchei), White breasted sea eagle (Halitutus leucogates ).

There are also some 30 mammal species that have been recorded (Madulid, 1998). Most often observed in the forest canopy and along the shoreline feeding during low tide is the long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis), the only primate found in the area. Other mammal species in the Park are the Bearded pig (Sus barbatus), Bearcat (Arctictis binturong), Palawan stink badger (Mydaus marchei) and the Palawan porcupine (Hystrix pumilus)

19 species of reptiles have been identified, eight of which are endemic (Madulid, 1998). Common species in the area include large predators like the Common reticulated python (Phython reticulatus), the Monitor lizard (Varanus salvator) and the green crested lizard (Bronchocoela cristatella). Amphibian fauna include ten species. The Philippine woodland frog (Rana acanthi) is the most dominant and frequently encountered. One species, Barbourula busuangensis, endemic to Palawan was also observed in the area.

Notable are the nine species of bats, two species of swiftlets and whip spider (Stygophrynus sp.) found in the cave, and the Sea cow (Dugong dugon) and the Hawksbill sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) the feed in the coastal area of the Park.