BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways in Caraga (DPWH-13) lauded the honesty of one of its employees who recently returned PHP360,000 cash to its rightful owner.
DPWD-13 Director Pol delos Santos commended the “uprightness” of Bernardo de la Cruz, who works as a survey aide for the agency.
“De la Cruz spotted a black bag full of money on the side of the road in the afternoon of January 20, 2021 (Wednesday) while riding on his bike from Langihan Market in Butuan City,” delos Santos said Saturday.
De la Cruz was surprised upon checking that the bag filled with bundles of money, he said.
“He also checked some identification inside the bag to determine the owner and found an ID but no contact details,” Delos Santos said.
On Jan. 21 (Thursday), de la Cruz brought the bag to the DPWH-13 office and reported it to Atty. Joey D. Gingane, the administrative division chief.
“Atty. Gingane acted immediately on the matter and exerted efforts to find the owner of the bag whom they identified in the ID as Jean A. Hinayon,” delos Santos said.
Fortunately, the bag owner was traced and identified as the supervisor and cashier of San Isidro Upland Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative (SIUFMULCO) in the town of Santiago, Agusan del Norte.
The officers of SIUFMULCO, together with Hinayon, met with delos Santos and de la Cruz on Friday at the DPWH-13 office for the bag’s turnover.
Hinayon said she only discovered she lost her bag when she arrived at the water district and thought she accidentally left it in the utility vehicle.
She reported the matter to the nearest police station.
“I am happy that he was not blinded by the money,” delos Santos said, adding that the honesty of de la Cruz is worthy of emulation.
“Mr. Bernardo de la Cruz embodies the core values of the DPWH,” Delos Santos said. (PNA)