- An honest driver in Bohol returned the P200,000 cash left by a tourist
- He found it in the vehicle he was driving early this month
- He received a certificate of commendation from the LTFRB Region 7
MANILA, Philippines – When 44-year-old driver Ricardo Ratay found a wallet containing a wad of cash in the vehicle he was driving, the first thing that came to his mind was to return it to the rightful owner.
Ratay is a coaster driver working for the Southwest Tours (Boracay) Inc. in Bohol. He was one of those who were displaced from Boracay when President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of the beach in May.
His employer, however, transferred him to Bohol so they could continue earning a living for his family until Boracay opens.
In September 3, he found a wallet containing cash left by a tourist inside his coaster. He immediately informed his supervisor Daniel Pastrana who in turn contacted the owner; a Korean tourist named Mark Dae Hyun.
Hyun is currently visiting Bohol with his wife. His wallet contained P200,000 in cash.
Ratay returned the wallet and the money to Hyun. In return, he was hugged by Hyun who thanked him for his honesty before handing out P1,000 which Ratay used to treat his coworkers to a snack.
But his honesty did not go unnoticed.
On Monday, September 17, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 Director Eduardo Montealto Jr. summoned Ratay to his office and gave the driver a certificate of commendation.
“In our region many are still honest, even though life is difficult, they will do everything to help especially the tourists who are their clients,” said Montealto in local dialect.
Ratay said he will treasure the award because it is something that is truly priceless and cannot be bought by money.