Issue of August 6, 2017
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Midland workers return lost wallet with P100K
by BMC release

HONEST COURIER EMPLOYEES -- Long-time Baguio Midland Courier production personnel Nestor Gamundoy and Nelson Rante returned a wallet containing more or less P100,000 in different currencies to its rightful owner after the duo found the wallet near a bank at the central business district on Aug. 1.
-- Courier photo

A wallet containing a huge amount of cash and important identification cards and personal items has been returned to its rightful and grateful owner shortly after it was found by two employees of Baguio Midland Courier.

Production personnel Nestor Gamundoy and Nelson Rante of the Hamada Printers and Publishers Corporation (HPPC), the official printer of the Courier, on Aug. 1 were walking from City Hall where they delivered copies of the paper when Gamundoy saw a ladies’ wallet on the road in front of a bank along Kisad Road.

Gamundoy picked up the wallet when he and Rante saw that no one was within the premises who might be its owners.

Upon inspection of the wallet’s contents, both found a wad of cash in Philippine and foreign currencies, IDs, ATMs, and photographs.

Without a second thought, Gamundoy and Rante decided to find the owner and went to the FM station of GMA, located at the Hamada Building along Kisad Road where they report to work, and handed over the wallet to one of the radio station’s staff members to seek assistance in contacting its owner.

It was Gamundoy who left his contact numbers with the staff so he may be informed once the wallet has been returned.

Radio is considered the most widely used and effective medium  in announcing and contacting owners of lost and found items.

However, aside from making the announcement on-air,  the radio station staff tried to contact the possible owner through social networking site Facebook, using the name they found  in one of the IDs inside the wallet, which was of Prudencio Ramos Asto, a retired military officer.

One of Asto’s friends on Facebook responded to the inquiry and was the one who got in touch with Asto to inform him of the lost and found item.

After a few hours, Asto went to the radio station and claimed the wallet, which turned out to be the property of his wife.

The wallet and its entire contents, with the cash totaling more or less P100,000, was returned intact.

Asto called Gamundoy to personally thank him for returning his wife’s wallet. The Courier staff initially refused to meet Asto. Though hesitant, he met the owner at the station.

Asto also met with HPPC General Manager Gloria Antoinette Hamada, Gamundoy and Rante’s employer.

Ang importante lang sa amin ay maibalik ‘yung wallet,” said Gamundoy, who does not want to draw attention or gain publicity for what he and Rante did.

It is not the first time that Gamundoy and Rante found and returned lost personal belongings.

Gamundoy said that every time he finds a thing or cash, he said returning them to its owners is the right thing to do, without fanfare.

Both are among the long-time employees of the weekly publication.

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