Honest garbage collector returns P427,000 cash

Published April 3, 2018, 12:05 AM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By the Philippine News Agency

Baliwag, Bulacan – A garbage collector from this town has returned cash amounting to P427,798 which he found in a heap of garbage that they collected over the weekend in Barangay Tangos here.

Mayor Ferdinand Estrella identified the honest municipal employee as Emmanuel Romano, who is detailed at the town’s sanitation unit, and the owner of the money as Dr. Consuelo de Guzman.

It was learned that the doctor placed the money inside a plastic bag together with some trash papers and placed it under their bed.

Her husband saw the plastic bag and threw it away, thinking that it only contained garbage.The bag was later picked up by the garbage truck for disposal.

Romano found the cash in the garbage truck and turned it over to Joel Miranda, barangay chairman of Poblacion.

After Miranda learned that the De Guzman couple had reported the loss to the sanitation unit of Baliwag, he presented Romano to the owner of the money and returned the cash.

As a token of appreciation, the De Guzman couple gave the honest garbage collector P20,000 and gave several P1,000 bills to his co-workers in the garbage truck.

Meanwhile, Estrella promised Romano an increase in his salary for his good deed.