Honest NAIA employee gets scholarship, rewards

Posted at 01/31/2014 1:11 PM | Updated as of 01/31/2014 1:11 PM

MANILA - A former overseas Filipino worker who now works at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) received a scholarship, as well as other rewards, for his good deed when he returned an envelope containing cash amounting to $4,800 (P210,000) to its rightful owner.

Jony Villon turned over the envelope he found to airport authorities, who then contacted the owner. Aside from thanking him, the owner handed him money which he used to buy snacks.

His honesty and good deed did not go unnoticed.

In a text message to DZMM, the chief of staff of Director General Joel Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) offered Villon a scholarship.

Not only that, listeners tuning in to the radio program of Vic Lima and Karen Davila during the interview with Villon also shared something for the pushcart retriever.

President and General Manager of Hammerhead Jeans & Shirts pledged P5,000 for Villon. Another avid listener of the program, Jimmy Ocampo promised P2,000 while radio anchor and entrepreneur Carl Balita offered Villon's family with a spa treat, dinner and gift certificates. Another listener also pledged to give Villon P3,000.

Even the anchors and staff of DZMM gave Villon tokens in the form of cash, gift checks and goodie bags.

"Sa mga nagbigay, maraming salamat po," the grateful Villon said.

Villon particular cited Vice President Jejomar Binay for giving him the chance to work at the airport.

"Nagpapasalamat po ako kay Vice President Binay kasi po siya ang nagrefer sa akin sa pagtatrabaho sa MIAA po. Vice President Binay po maraming, maraming salamat po," he said.

Binay is the Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Concerns.

"Kasi OFW po ako. Sabi ko po gusto ko pong magtrabaho," he said.

Villon worked in factories in Taiwan and South Korea for 14 years.