Man desperate for money returns lost bag filled with Php 500,000

  • Jaymart Perez Manlimid needed money to pay for his motorcycle
  • He returned a lost bag filled with PhP500,000
  • He was given a new job after two months

Jaymart Perez Manlimid, a toll booth teller from Batangas City, turned his life around because of his honesty.

On  May 3, Manlimid was on his third day of being a toll booth teller for Malvar South Bound Toll Plaza of Southern Tagalog Arterial Road.

He couldn’t focus on his job properly because the monthly installment of his motorcycle was already overdue.

All of a sudden, a truck driver passing by notified Manlimid that there was a bag outside of his booth.

Manlimid went over to the black body bag and opened it. He saw that it contained a lot of cash. It was later revealed that the total amount of money was $10,000 (more or less PhP500,000) and P16,000.

The money belonged to an OFW based in South Korea named Jocel dela Torre Trania. Trania and his fiancée Manilyn Silva were saving the money for their wedding in June.

Apparently, the bag fell from Trania’s car when he opened his door while passing through the toll booth.

“Naisip ko ang laki naman nito para panghulog sa motor, pero hindi ko naman po ugali na pakialaman ang hindi sa akin at hindi ko pinaghirapan,” said Manlimid.

He handed the bag over to his supervisor, Jane Marie Verzero, who made the effort to track down the bag’s owner.

As for his reward, Manilimid was made a regular employee after two months. Since he is now a regular employee, he will be able to enjoy benefits such as medical insurance and a rice subsidy.

He was also presented with a plaque of recognition by Gov. Hermilando Mandanas.

Manlimid also had the chance to briefly meet up with San Miguel Corporation President and CEO, Ramon S. Ang.

He has had other jobs in the past but they did not last long.

“Matagal ko na po gusto makapagtrabaho sa STAR Toll natatakot lang ako baka hindi ako matanggap.”

He promised to help out his family after he is done paying off his Mio bike.

“After matapos ang hulog ko sa motor, mag-iipon ako para makatulong sa pagpapagawa ng bahay namin”

Written by Gianni Russo

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