The Bureau of Customs (BOC) as well as airline companies have appealed to all passengers who have left their baggage at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to immediately claim their items or else these would be declared abandoned.
Once declared abandoned, the baggage is forfeited and will be subject to auction or donation to the charitable institutions.
Based on customs guidelines, a passenger is given 15 days to recover an unclaimed baggage, with an extension period of another 15 days.
This means that NAIA passengers have a total of one month to claim their forgotten or misplaced bags. Usually, a passenger files form from the airline upon arrival at the airport terminals once he or she notices that baggage has been lost from the country of origin.
The airline will then advice the passenger if the baggage is recovered. From there, the passenger will be asked to decide if he or she will pick up the item at the airport or have it delivered to his or her address.
NAIA recently conducted an inventory of unclaimed baggage from terminals 1, 2, and 3 for purposes of auction.