Thousands of unclaimed items filling the shelves of the Lost and Found of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will be donated to the affected families in the devastated provinces of eastern Visayas.
Nearly 3,000 assorted items had been logged at the Lost and Found this year, and about 40 per cent of the stuff had been returned to the respective owners while the rest of the lost items remain unclaimed despite the efforts made by the MIAA to locate each owner.
Lost and Found “caretaker” Airport Police Cpl. Reynon Flores said all lost items that are kept storage and thoroughly recorded have been found mostly at the NAIA departure areas.
Some of the items that were recovered by airport personnel are laptop computers, cellular phones, suitcases, assorted bags, toiletries, umbrellas, passports (local and foreign), personal gadgets such as sunglasses, foodstuffs including candies, clothes and jackets, footwear, linens, towels, blankets, electronics, as well as cash.
Cellular phones, laptops, electronics, appliances, watches, and kitchen wares are subject for auction, Flores said.
Flores noted that owners were notified through mobile numbers that were found on their belongings, or sending letters through addresses written on bags.
“If they did not respond or claim the items despite the efforts we made for a period of six months, then the MIAA will decide to dispose the unclaimed items. Masyado ng marami,” Flores said.
However, all perishable items such as foodstuffs are discarded. “Iniiwasan naming magbigay ng foodstuff kahit na malayo pa ang expiry date, baka masira ang tiyan ng mga bibigyan.,” Flores said.
The unclaimed items as well as relief goods, he said, are scheduled to be shipped out next month to Tacloban and Bohol. BENJIE L. VERGARA