An honest nine-year-old boy is earning praise from netizens after returning a lost envelope containing cash to a cancer survivor teacher from Pandulian Elementary School in Davao del Norte.
Grade 3 learner Ashnor Abbas Cadato was with his mother when he found an envelope filled with cash in a government office in Tagum City.
The young boy immediately brought the envelope to his mother, who posted a photo of it to social media in the hopes of finding its rightful owner.
Shortly after, the envelope containing 2,000 pesos worth of Service Recognition Incentive money was returned to teacher Oliva Alimes Pelias of Pandulian Elementary School in Kapalong East District, Davao del Norte.
The cash was returned to Pelias with the help of her niece, as she was in class at the time the envelope was found.
Pelias said some of the money was meant to cover her medical needs as a cancer survivor.
“First and foremost, walang kalalagyan na saya ang aking nararamdaman. Sobrang blessed dahil sa mga kamay na nakapulot ng aking pera. At this hard time, hindi ko lubos akalaing maibalik pa sa akin nang buo ang perang nalaglag ko kahapon,” Teacher Oliva Alimes Pelias said.
The elementary school teacher commended Cadato’s mom for instilling values in the young boy and teaching him to do the right thing.
“Napalaki ng magulang ang isang bata sa pagiging matapat. Values integration in school was instilled in the heart and mind of the Grade 3 boy. Sobrang proud ako sa mag-ina,” Teacher Oliva added.
Cadato’s honesty has since then been lauded by his teachers and classmates at the Sto. Niño Central Elementary School in Talaingod District, as well as netizens on social media who found his good deed inspiring.
The young boy’s good deed was first reported by Neil Edward Diaz of the Schools Division Office (SDO) Davao Del Norte and was shared by the official Facebook page of the Department of Education (DepEd Philippines) on January 5, 2023.
Cadato’s story has garnered over 32,000 reactions and 4,000 shares on Facebook as of this writing.
Young student Aiden Paulo Brutas of Malabon City in Metro Manila earlier earned praise from netizens after offering his unused school supplies to needy schoolmates.
More Filipinos commended for their honesty and integrity include security guard Ricardo Caluna of Aleosan, Cotabato, who returned over PHP150,000 in cash, and four coast guard personnel who helped return a lost wallet containing more than PHP10,000 in cash and identification cards.
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