Honest janitor hailed in world wide web

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I USED TO HAVE a great disdain for government employees. I always imagined them as inept, inefficient, corrupt, and good only in petty gossiping. Your karikna also considered them as insensitive, arrogant and proud, what with clerks acting like the proverbial “langaw na nakatungtong sa kalabaw.”

As fate would have it, however, I myself am now a civil servant, and, providentially, with an agency highly regarded for its exacting standards and well-earned feats. Thus, I now swallow, with little difficulty, some of my words, and acknowledge that there are actually honorable men and women in the service of the Filipino people.

Make no mistake, there are still many rotten tomatoes in the basket, but the refreshing virtue of a few overshadow the stench of many.

Leoncio A. Pagtama, 52, a janitor at the MMSU College of Engineering (CoE), is one of them good fellows, and he is increasingly gaining popularity in cyberspace due to his honest deeds.

Pagtama, who joined MMSU in 1983 as a casual employee, has, on several occasions, returned lost items ranging from wallets containing thousands of pesos to calculators and watches. One of the many students Pagtama has helped is Alyn John Soriano, a fifth year electronics and communications engineering student, who lost his wallet containing a huge amount of money he borrowed from a loan facility to pay his tuition fee and to finance other school requirements. Pagtama saw the wallet in a classroom he was cleaning, and immediately submitted it to the Dean’s Office.

A high school undergraduate, Pagtama says his decision to return lost items comes easy. He says that, as a parent, he knows the difficulty of sending one’s children to school. All of his three daughters—Sheryll, Leizl, and Rubielyn—are graduates of MMSU. Leizl took up BSBA-Management and is now working in a company based in Metro Manila. Sheryll and Rubielyn finished civil engineering and are now employed in a construction firm in Quezon City. His wife being a fulltime homemaker, the burden of earning a living was borne mainly on his shoulders.

A few months ago, this writer published in this column the article, “Pitaka ng pag-asa: Isang pagpupugay kay Leoncio Pagtama at sa lahat ng tulad niya.” Almost 30,000 Internet users have viewed the article in this blog since then, many of them asking for more information about their newfound hero.

In the Internet, Google searches for “Mga Pilipinong nakagawa ng kabutihan sa kapwa”,  “Mga Pilipinong nagsauli ng pera o gamit”, “Larawan ng kagandahang ugali ng mga Pilipino”, or “Mga tapat na tao sa Pilipinas” yield results that point to Pagtama, who was recently recognized by the Civil Service Commission for twenty-five years of faithful service to the Republic.

Prior to his joining government, Pagtama, a resident of Brgy. Baligat, Batac, was a full-time farmer. He continues to tend his small farm during weekends.

It is not difficult to understand why a previously unknown janitor would rise to national acclaim. With the Philippines being considered as one of the most corrupt economies in Asia, Filipinos seem to search for a ray of hope for this benighted land by looking for individuals who choose virtue over greed even in times of great personal need.

Mary Jane of Laguna left a comment at the Riknakem blog, “Congratulations, Mang Leoncio Pagtama..Thank you..! You make us proud to be Ilocano…Sana madami pang Leoncio Pagtama ang maipanganak sa mundo.”

Diana Jean, a blog visitor from the Visayas, thus remarked, “Despite the crisis, may mga tao pa ring mabubuti ang kalooban. I’m proud that an Ilocano is now in the roster of honest persons. Mahirap man ang buhay, di pa rin siya nasilaw sa pera. That’s what Ilocanos are.”

Emie of Canada, is surprised to know that “there are still people who exist like Mr. Leoncio.” Hoping that that all people in government will replicate Pagtama’s good deeds, she wrote, “I’m proud of you. It only shows that despite the financial crisis, Filipinos still possess the value of honesty. GO PINOY. Itaguyod niyo lahi natin… Ipakita natin sa buong mundo kung sino talaga tayo!”

What is beautiful about Mang Leoncio is that he does good for goodness’ sake. The great philosopher Plato posits that real virtue is when one does right even when no one is looking. And Mang Leoncio expects nothing from doing good, not fame, not material rewards, except that he can sleep soundly at night, at peace with himself and with the world.


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63 responses to “Honest janitor hailed in world wide web

  1. gerry

    kudos to mr.pagtama,it reminds me of a guatemalan proverb that goes this way ” vuelvase lo suyo dueno,ye tendras buen sueno” which means”return property to its owner,and your sleep will be peaceful”and i add one more ,a chinese proverb,”a clear conscience is the greatest armor”..sapay koma ta umado pay iti kas kenni mr. pagtama….

  2. guiengarma

    It’s very soothing to know that despite the bad news, bad government and bad what-not in our country, there are Filipinos who always open the bright side of our lives. Mr. Pagtama is certainly one of them. I hope that more people would be like him.

    Post-Script: Sir, napansin ko lang po… this seems to be similar with the news article at the MMSU Website.

  3. people like him proves that there is still hope for the Philippines.

  4. the government and the news media should recognize stories like this more often.

    para maraming makaalam at maraming pinoy ang ma-encourage na may mabubuting bagay pa palang nangyayari sa ating bansa.

  5. POGI

    buti nlng at may Mr. Leoncio ng CoE at ng Pilipinas.. dapat nating tularan ang mga katulad ni Mr. Leoncio, hindi siya nasilaw sa napakalaking halaga. ito lang ang nagpapatunay na kahit masama na ang lider ng ating bansa, may mga taong katulad parin ni Mr. Pagtama na may mabuting puso, iilan lang ang mga taong ganito kaya dapat makilala ng buong mundo dahil kahit na madami ng problema ang ating bansa, may mga magandang bagay parin na nangyayari sa ating bansa..

  6. tyler

    dahil sa ginawa ni Mr. Leoncio ng C0E ay dapat bigyan siya ng parangal……iilan nalang ang taong ganito na sobrang may mabuting puso…..at alam din ni Mr. Leoncio na kailangan na kailangan yung pera…..sa kahirapan ngayon kung iba ang nakapulot baka di na ibalik yun…….magpasalamat nalang tayo na si Mr. Leoncio ang nakapulot……were proud of you Mang Leoncio Pagtama….Iba talaga ang Filipino…..

  7. pinkcushion

    I’m so proud to Mr. Leoncio, the janitor in our college!!I always saw him during our vacant time and busy cleaning the classrooms..He is not only honest but despite he is also industrious..he is the Model to the students in our college. I believe that when you return things to the owner, it will make you proud of yourself. He deserve to be admire because of what he did..I’m really proud of Mang Leoncio…

  8. Amir

    Ang pagiging isang matapat na empleyado ay nakatutulong sa atin pangaraw-araw na pamumuhay..Gaya ni Mr.Leoncio A. Pagtama na naging matapat sa kanyang tungkulin…Masasabi natin na siya ay isang magandang halimbawa na dapat tularan…Kakaunti nalang kasi ang may mabusilak na kaluoban…

  9. pan-pan

    Si Mr. Leoncio ay isang mabuting tao at isang mabuting halimbawa ng isang gobyerno kahit isa siyang mahirap hindi siya nasilaw sa laman ng wallet. Meron pa palang Pilipino na may magandang kalooban gaya ni Mr. Leoncio Pagtama. Kahit ganito kahirap ang buhay dito sa Pilipinas. Sana magsilbing halimbawa ito sa lahat ng tao.

  10. rl_virus

    sana dumami ang taong gaya ni Mr.Leoncio A. Pagtama na hindi naging sakim para kunin ang malaking halaga bagkus isinauli nya ito…

  11. flamemisha

    I always see Mr. Leoncio along the corridors of COE and he always been cleaning all the time,,,,..He always gets the chair along those corridors when we are sitting on it..Sa hirap ng buhay kakaunti nalamang ang gaya ni Mr. Leoncio…Kahit simpleng janitor hindi linalang lang ito..Kung ibang tao ang nakapulot o nakakita ng wallet ay malamang hindi na ito sinauli..Alam nya ang pakiramdam ng isang magulang na mahirap kumita ng pera sa panahong ito..Saludo ako sayo Mr. Leoncio sana’y maging inspirasyon ka ng bawat Pilipino at sana’y gayahin ka nila. Mahirap o mayaman man ay kayang maging mabuti basta gugustuhin..at sana’y magsilbing aral sa ‘tin to…!!?!

  12. James Richard E. Duquez

    Mr. Leoncio rules! He’s from our college, everyone should be proud of him. He take it as a chance to show to everyone that honesty is still a reason to prove oneself.

  13. dahil kagandahang loob na ipinakita ni mang.leoncio ay dapat lang syang bigyan ng parangal..Kung titigna natin ngayun ang sitwasyun ng ating bansa karamihan na sa ating lahat ay kawalan ng pera,,subalit ang ipinakita ni Mang leoncio ay napakabuti ilan pa kaya ang taong tulad niya,magagawa niyang isauli ang ganung halaga ng pare isa syang mudelo sa lahat salodu ako sa iyo Mang Leoncio….

  14. pan-pan

    Si Mr. Leoncio ay isang mabuting tao at isang mabuting halimbawa ng isang emplyado ng gobyerno kahit isa siyang mahirap hindi sya nasilaw sa laman ng wallet. Meron pa palang Pilipino na may magandang kalooban gaya ni mg. Leoncio Pagtama kahit ganito kahirap ang buhay dito sa Pilipinas.Sana ay magsilbing halimbawa ito sa lahat ng mga tao.

  15. ang pagiging matapat ay napakahalaga dahil kung hindi ka matapat wala kang kaibigan.walang maniniwala sayo kaya dapat nating tularan si Mr.Leoncio A. Pagtama na nagiging matapat na tao hindi siya nasilaw sa pera na kanyang napulot..hindi lang siya matapat maawain pa dahil alam niya kung anu ang pakiramdam ng nawalan..

  16. miel

    lahat ng tao ay may nakatagong kabutihan. lucky are those who use this goodness in any given circumstance.
    Mang Leoncio is someone that we should emulate, not because of the fame and recognition that we would get but for the welfare of many.
    Mabuhay ka Mang Leoncio, may you continue to be the person that you are. I am so proud that in my long journey, our paths have crossed..

  17. JU-ANNE CABINIAN BsCeII-b

    you’re a model sir!!!!!! Modelo ka ng lahat!!!! mabuhay po kau!!!
    sa ating mga studyante sana hindi natin basta batahin ang mga katulad ni Mr. Pagtama, meroon kasi ung mga estudyante na dahil ganoon lang ang kanyang trabaho wala na silng galang sa kanila!!! hindi na nila alam magtapon ng pinagkainan sa basura dahil nandyan naman xa!!! wala ng hihilingin sa ka2lad niya..a great father, a worker and a model!!! sana sating lahat mailabas natin ang sari-sariling kabutihan,,,;)

  18. jey23

    sa pagiging tapat ni Mr. leoncio pagtama ay dapat siyang bigyan ng parangal…iba talaga ang mga taga COE honest at sikat pa..hindi lng sikat gwapo pa tulad ni Mr. leoncio..kung iba kaya ang nakapulot nun my balak pa bang isauli sa may-ari..i don’t think so…kaya laking pasalamat na lng natin ky Mr. leoncio na siya ang nakapulot….

  19. clap! clap! hep-hep horray. a big applause to mr. Pagtama.

    hindi matatawaran ang kabaitan mo mr. Pagtama. hindi hadlang ang mahirap na buhay upang maging mabuti kang tao. kahit na tapos na ang inyong mga anak sa pag-aaral ipinagpapatuloy mo pa rin ang pagsisilbi sa MMSU. ikaw ay isang sipleng mamayan na may mabuting kalooban at malasakit sa iba.

    TULARAN NATIN XA

  20. Joseph Valencia

    ,,,,kung ganito lamang ang lahat ng tao dito sa bansa malamang malaki na ang inasenso ng ating bansa, ngunit saa hirap ng buhay ngayon bihira na lang ang may utak na tulad ni mang LEONCIO PAGTAMA sa kabila ng hirap nasa kanya parin ang kabutihang loob,sa kanyang ipinakita marealize sana natin at pilitin natin syang tularan……

  21. cherhoze

    Mr. Pagtama is a very honest janitor at MMSU. I always saw him during our vacant time. he is always busy cleaning the rooms. Mr. Pagtama is very patient type person because if we the students are loitering even he can saw us .he is not that kind of person that become angry all this time
    uhm,,Mr. Pagtama may you become a good example to our society.!! we are so proud of you

  22. redmonkey

    when i first met this guy mejo ma wiweirdan nak,because he is so silent parang horor ang kanyang dating. But i thank this blog kasi na amamuk no anat kagagalad na ni tata Leoncio, karapatdapat talaga nga i clap clap ti inaramid na.biruin mo nakapagtapos lahat ang knyang mga anak at employed pa,talgang alam nya ang hirap ng isang magulang na na papaaral. i hope umadu pay ti pada na.o hale tata Loencio^_^

  23. eragon

    hay buti na lang may mr. Leoncio pa na taga coe na matapat,,Hmmm akalain natin hindi siya nasilaw sa malaking pera na nakita niya,,imbes na kunin niya ito at ibulsa na lang at pambili ng mga kailangan…Ginawa niya sinauli niya ito..nakakabilib siya kasi pinatunayan niya na kahit mahirap man ang buhay ngayon hindi siya gagawa ng masama..Mas maganda pa nga na gumawa tayo ng kabutihan dahil ito ay susuklihan naman ni bro ng maganda..Mr. Leoncio,,proud ako sayo kasi ikaw ay isang mabait na tao..sana maraming pang mR. leoncio na matapat sa kanyang kapwa..Gayahin natin siya…

  24. ianjumpssy_04

    Sumasaludo ako kay Mang Luncio dahil noon ko naisip na may mga tao palang natitira na ganito ang kanilang pag-uugali. Lingid sa kaniyang sarili, hindi siya nasilaw sa perang nakita niya. Tunay talagang matatawag siyang isang bayani. Mabuhay ka Mang Luncio!!!

  25. pan-pan

    Honest janitor Leoncio A. Pagtama a WOW!! Your such a great blessing to everyone. Even though your position is just only janitor and a fulltime farmer also a father of 3 children you still handle very well your family and your work As ive read all your goodness to the students of COE especially does victims that they lost they’re valuable things. I realize that inspite of all your sacrifices, service as janitor you still remember or do what is right. If others if in your situation they will not return the wallet coz in our life now adays are so much poor. Because of our leaders we are experiencing so much helpless. They do not know our situation, they are just relaxed there and corrupting our money!! I hope many people will follow your steps. And stay what you are Mr. Pagtama coz I know you will help many students in your services. I’m so much proud of you and proud to become a MMSU family.

  26. sunstone

    I usually ride on a bus my way home to Laoag. A couple of months ago, I rode on a bus which at that time contains only several passengers about twenty to twenty-five. There was still many vacant chairs in the front and middle seats but I chose to be alone for a while in the back when I unfortunately saw something that made my heart do a sudden wiggle, an old wallet sitted comfortably on the center most part of the last upholstered seat. Honestly, I did not intend to take the wallet even if happens to have a thousands worth of money but I checked the wallet anyways thinking If I can be a Hero that day. But not a thing containing informations about the owner is presents and I only saw a few hundred bills and some fifty and twenty. I was not tempted to take the money and use it for my personal pleasure because of my strong belief in karma so I just left it back to where I found it and abandoned my thought of sitting on the back then later on transferred on the middle part section of the bus. Later on, the conductor, who was at that time busy counting the available chairs for passenger use spotted the wallet. Disregarding his on going quest he charged forward to where the wallet is and you know what happened next. The “It must be my lucky day” scenario. I felt a little bit of guilt. To counter it, I started to convince myself that there is nothing I could have done anyways.

    A short story gone long. I apologize for that sir for this was supposed to be a reaction paper, not a Maalaala Mo Kaya story writing contest. It’s just that as I read a couple of your papers, I began to write short stories on impulse. But of course this is a true story and no embelishments added. Promise.

    MY REACTION. Filipinos, as a whole are not known to be honest. Because Filipinos are stereotyped to be not honest, Filipinos usually have second thoughts when doing an act of honesty. That should not be the case.. We should be honest even though others are not because people who does good deeds receive much more blessings from God than those who does nothing but to do stupid things that may destroy others image or reputation.

  27. sunstone

    I usually ride on a bus my way home to Laoag. A couple of months ago, I rode on a bus which at that time contains only several passengers about twenty to twenty-five. There was still many vacant chairs in the front and middle seats but I chose to be alone for a while in the back when I unfortunately saw something that made my heart do a sudden wiggle, an old wallet sitted comfortably on the center most part of the last upholstered seat. Honestly, I did not intend to take the wallet even if happens to have a thousands worth of money but I checked the wallet anyways thinking If I can be a Hero that day. But not a thing containing informations about the owner is presents and I only saw a few hundred bills and some fifty and twenty. I was not tempted to take the money and use it for my personal pleasure because of my strong belief in karma so I just left it back to where I found it and abandoned my thought of sitting on the back then later on transferred on the middle part section fo the bus. Later on, the conductor, who was at that time busy counting the available chairs for passenger use spotted the wallet. Disregarding his on going quest he charged forward to where the wallet is and you know what happened next. The “It must be my lucky day” scenario. I felt a little bit of guilt. To counter it, I started to convince myself that there is nothing I could have done anyways.

    A short story gone long. I apologize for that sir for this was supposed to be a reaction paper, not a Maalaala Mo Kaya story writing contest. It’s just that as I read a couple of your papers, I began to write short stories on impulse. But of course this is a true story and no embelishments added. Promise.

    MY REACTION. Filipinos, as a whole are not known to be honest. Because Filipinos are stereotyped to be not honest, Filipinos usually have second thoughts when doing an act of honesty. That should not be the case.. We should be honest even though others are not because people who does good deeds receive much more blessings from God than those who does nothing but to do stupid things that may destroy others image or reputation.

  28. pLay_boY

    Ang ginawa ni Pagtama ay nagpapatunay na marami pang natitirang kapwa Pinoy na honest at dapat lang na ipagmalaki. Hindi dapat masilaw sa malaking halaga lalo nat hindi pinaghirapan. Kapag masikap ang isang tao, madali lamang makalikom ng pera ng tulad ng laman ng wallet na napulot. Si Pagtama ay isa lamang sa marami pang kapwa Pinoy na malinis ang puso at dapat siyang ituring na hero.

  29. grayhamz

    —-Iba talaga ang pinoy. Dapat nating pag-ibayuhin ang gaya kay Mr. Leoncio Pagtama…
    Ako man ay napahanga sa ginawa ni Mang Leoncio, hindi siya nagdalawang isip na ibalik ang napulot niyang bagay na alam niya na may nangangailangan sa mga ito, at maaari pang mapagbigay ng magandang kinabukasan sa taong nakawala nito.
    Binabati ko ang lahing Pilipino. . . Mga Ilocano. . . Proud to Be ^^
    Sana’y lagi nating isipin kung ano ang mabuti at maganda para sa kapwa natin Pilipino…

  30. FAMILY
    Mr. Leoncio is from our College, sana ipagmalaki natin sya sa mga ginagawa nya at dapat natin siyang pasalamatan.

  31. FAMILY
    good moral starts from the family….inside the family, every members exercise themselves to communicate and act in a such a way that they do not offend others…good work mang Luncio,you have a good values…..

  32. xeno

    Despite the financial crisis, Filipinoes still possess the value of “HONESTY”
    huwag natin silang maliitin, janitor man sila dapat natin silang igalang. Napapansin ko kasi may mga estudyanteng binabastos sila. Kita niyo naman despite sa kahirapan, nagagawa pa niyangisauli ang isang bagay. At dahil diyan nakilala pa siya at naitaguyod pa niya ang mga pilipino. “SALUDO AKO SAYO TATA LEONCIO”. SOBRANG NAIPAKITA NIYA NA HANGGANG NGAYON TAGLAY PA RIN NATIN ANG NALIMUTAN NATING MGA KAUGALIAN… Kita niyo naman, gapu ti kinaanus na, he send their daughters to school. At sinong mag aakala na mapag-aral niya ang kanyang tatlong anak na BSBA aty dalawang INHINYERA. Kaya dapat lang na mabigyan siya ng parangal. Hindi gaya ng iba diyan na gagawa lang sila ng move kung nakikita ng iba. Kaya wag nating maliitin ang mga nasa ibabang posisyon huwag natin silang abusuhin, matuto tayong kilalanin ang kanilang karapatan dahil hindi man sila nagsasalitaay may puso rin silang nasasaktan…..

  33. angel

    magaling!this article is really good.
    pnapakita nito na kahit crisis ang Pilipinas ay may mga tao pa ring hindi natin inaakalang may mabuti at magandang kalooban. Ang mga taong inaakala nating may magandang kalooban ay sila naman pala ang nangungurakut o di kayay nagnanakaw ng pag aari ng iba.

    Sana dumami pa ang may mga matatapat at mabubuting kalooban dito sa mundo upang umunlad ito at lalo na ang kawawang Pilipinas.

    pangulo pa nga’y corrapt na! Ano pa kaya ang mga taong nasa mas mababang position?

    Gising Pinas, Bangun at imulat ang mga mata tulad ni Mg Leoncio!!!!Ang pinas ay uunlad tulad ni ma Leocio ang mga mamamayang Pilipino.

  34. airheese (//_-)

    totoo nga naman na sa likod ng mga paghihirap natin eh hindi parin tayo nasisilaw sa pera. like what mang leoncio did. kung iba siguro yung nakapulot ng wallet baka inangkin na nya iyon at hindi na isasauli. well, ganito na talaga tayong mga pinoy eh, likas na matapat. lalong lalo na tayong mga ilokano. :] mahirap na ngayong kumita ng malaking pera kaya malaking halaga na rin iyong naisauli ni mang leoncio na pera, pang isang sem na rin iyon eh. estudytante rin ako kaya alam ko yung hirap na nararanasan ng mga magulang para kumita ng pera at mapag aral ang kanilang mga anak! honesty is the best policy nga naman. :] kaya tayong mga estudyante, mga ilokano, tayong mga pinoy, tularan natin si mang leoncio. mabuhay ka mr. pagtama! we’re proud of you!! :]

  35. ATOM

    sana bawat tao ay ganito. hindi nagdadalawang isip na isauli ang gamit. dapat nating tularan ang tulad nya na tapat. huwag tayo pasilaw sa halaga. minsan nang nawala gamit ko at hindi pa bumabalik. alam ko ang pakiramdam ng mga nawawalan. isauli na nya ang gamit ko.

  36. ydeniño

    Gaanu man kahirap ang buhay nagawa pa rin isauli ni mang leoncio ang wallet ng isang studyante.huag natin mamatain ang mga kagaya ni Mang Leoncio dahil janitor man siya maganda ang kanyang kalooban.Ang mga iba kasi mataas lang ang posisyon parang sino na siya.oo anak ako ng isang janitor at alam mo naipapadala nila kami sa school at dalawa na ang nakatapos sa kolehiyo.Pero alam mo sinasabi ng tatay ko,may isa daw mataas ang posisyon na ang baba daw ang tingin sa kanila.Parang……………sino raw kung umasta.pero hindi nalang siya umiimik basta ang mahalaga daw ginagawa nlang mabuti ang kanilang trabaho.wen met ngamin engineer da lang kasla dala anan…..kita mo naman si mang leoncio taglay pa rin niya ang ugaling kinagisnan natin.kaya mga kapwa studyante dapat natin silang IGALANG DAHIL TAO DIN SILA AT MAY PUSO NA NASASAKTAN DIN.hindi tulad ni maam Engr. nga nababa ti panagkita na kadagiti JANITOR…

  37. Maraming salamat at nabasa ko tong artikel na to. Dati hindi ko pa masyadong kilala si mang leoncio, Ang Pagkakakilala ko lang sa kanya eh, isa lang siyang ordinaryong janitor. Pero hindi pala kundi isa pala siya sa mga natitirang may mabuting kalooban. Ang masasabi ko lang kay mang Leoncio ay saludo ako sayo… Salamat at sa engineering ka nagwowork, kaya mas kumpiyansa na ako sa sarili ko kung mawawalan man ako kasi andyan k na magsasauli, ewan n lng kung iba makapulot…

  38. jlongatz009

    ..sa panahon ngayon..nabibilang nalang talaga ang mga taong kagaya na mr. pagtama..mga taong sa kabila ng tag-hirap ay nangingibabaw parin ang kanilang katapatan at kabaitan sa kanilang kapwa tao..yan ang tunay nah tao..mabuhay kah mr. Leoncio A. Pagtama

  39. COE were so very lucky to have a honest and handsome utility man like you mr.Pagtama..I admire you with your works , how you fullfill your duty and how you guide your daugther to succeed.

  40. I’m so proud to Mr. Pagtama, the janitor of our college . . . this is the first time I’ve know that Mr. Leocio what I read to this article. Thank god that we have a Mr. Pagtama in the world. Iilan nalang ang taong ganito na subrang may mabuting puso. He is not only honest, industrious, friendly and sometimes he is a joker. We should pattern like Mr. Leoncio, for honesty and he did not blinded by money. Sa mga taong ganito dapat lang na parangalan dahil sa kanyang mga nagawang kabutihan. I believe that when his return things to the owner, it will make you proud of your self. Sa mga nagawa niyang kabutihan may darating na blessing sa kanyang buhay gaya ng mga anak niyang nakapagtapos na lahat sila sa pag-aaral at may trabaho na silang lahat. He deserves to be admiring because of what he did . . . were proud of you Mang Leoncio A. Pagtama. . .

    dapat tularan natin siya

  41. Jiro

    Ah si manong leoncio,proud po kami sa inyo,kahit na ganyan ang trabaho niya ay marangal naman.
    Totoong mabuti siyang tao dapat lang na tularan at igalang. Sa hirap nang buhay ngayon ay mabuti pa at may mga taong katulad niya na inisip muna ang kapakanan at pangangailangan ng iba..hindi lang sa siya ay mabait, masipag, mapagmahal din siyang ama dahil sa mga hirap at pagod niya para sa kanyang mga anak. siguro kung tumakbo pa siyang presidente iboboto ko siya laban kay gloria..,.,

  42. salodo po ako s inyo sir….s pnhon ngayon mhrap n mkatagpo ng mga k2lad nyo..
    bgamat janitor po kyo naicpan nyo prng isa uli ang isa uli ito at hnd naicpang wag ng ibalik.. hay nku kng iba lng cguro un hndi n bnlik p…hehe

  43. whooaaaaa!!!!!!Mr. Pagtama did a great job!!! and he is a big blessing not only for the owner of what he had picked but also for us. As of know almost all people are practical, hard to think that there are still honest persons. We students especially from COE are very thankful to have you and we are proud of you. You deserve an award and a “clap-clap”

  44. dakki

    buti na lang may matitira pang taong mabuti ang kalooban at isa pang Ilokano. Iba talaga ang mga ilokano!!!!

  45. una sa lahat gusto kong magpasalamat sa sumulat ng ganito kaganda sa tatay ko. ako ang panganay ng anak niya.
    habang binabasa ko ito sa aming opisina di ko mapigilan ang di umiyak. kung ang iba tao tinuturing na hero ang aming ama, how much more sa aming mga anak niya. kagit gaano hirap namin noon di niya naisipan na sabihin sa amin nga tumigil kami sa aming pag aaral. bagkus siya ang nag encourage sa amin para mag aral kami ng mabuti at makapag tapos.
    di ko ma explain kung gaano ako magpapasalamat sa tatay ko kasi kung di dahil sa kanya di kami makapagtapos sa aming pag aaral, lahat ng nararanasan namin ngayon utang namin sa kanya.
    ” kaya tatay maraming maraming salamat po at kayo ang aming naging ama.”
    sa gumawa nito sulat para sa aming ama taos puso ako nagpapasalamat saiyo. sana makilala ka namin mag kakapatid para personal ka naming mapasalamatan.
    Ang tagal na to nakapost ngayon ko lang personal na nabasa dahil sa daming trabaho na din. Thank you ading.

  46. supremo

    Sa ginawa ng Manong Leoncio, nakakaproud bilang isang Ilokano.
    Sa panahon ngayon na mahirap ang kalagayan ng bansa, kailangan natin ang kagaya nya, biruin nyo na ang mga mayayamang politiko at empleyado ng bansa ang siya pang nagnanakaw sa atin pera.
    Kung ang katapatan ni Manong Leoncio ay nasa ating lahat, malay natin ang buhay ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino ay uunlad at ang Pilipinas ay muling babangon.

  47. ra

    napakagandang makabalita na may nagsasauli pa ng mga nawawalang gamit o pera. bilang isang estudyante sa coe, ako ay isa sa mga nang-iidolo at humahanga kay Mr. Leoncio Pagtama. sa paggawa ng kabutihan siya ngayon ay nakikilala na. nagwawander lang ako kung bakit yung mga mayayaman at may mataas na puwesto sa gobyerno ay nagagawang magcorrupt sa pera ng bayan. samantalang ang mga average na mamamayan tulad ni Mr. Leoncio Pagtama ay nakakagawa pang magsauli ng pera o gamit na nawawala.

  48. ninj

    In our country, in the news on television, in the gossips of our neighborhood, almost all talks about negative sides of people.. Articles like this should be published and be known everywhere so that those negative stuffs will be removed.. And people like Mr. Pagtama deserves honor, because what he did was great.. Most people at this times, maybe, would prefer to keep the money than bringing it back to the owner.. In school, everyday, i see Mr. Pagtama. He’s a simple man, as i see, he is hardworking.. Working is hard, but despite the crisis, he still has in mind what is good and what is right.. He’s such an honest citizen.. He deserves more than a round of applause..

  49. tc

    In these hard times, we seldom see honest persons around. Most people cheat, rob, hold up and pick pocket others just to have more money to spend.
    Mang Leoncio A. Pagtama deserves a salute for doing the right thing even when no one is looking. He had chosen virtue over greed, and done well for goodness sake. The world would be a better place to live in, if there are more like him around.

  50. deo

    I was shocked after I read this article.Because I am from college of engineering and I did not notice that our janitor Mang Leoncio is the one in this article.I can only say that Mang Leoncio is truly a good man as what I observe in the engineering.He desserve to be recognize not only in MMSU in our country as well.His family must be so proud of him.A great father,a great husband and a great hero.Sana marami pang tulad niya.

  51. lollipop

    “What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune” (M. Ghandi). Honesty pays, it may not give you money back but it can give you much better on what money can’t buy. Being a Filipino, most especially, a full-blooded Ilocano, I’m very much proud to Manong Leoncio Pagtama.

  52. ian

    As a student of the College of Engineering we are proud of mang Leoncio for being an honest person.There are people who are being rich in taking the money of others like politicians..somehow mang leoncio is doing his job well..now adays money is a problem but mang leoncio is only getting his money for doing his job..not like others who are doing bad things just to fulfill their needs .he is a good example to us students.we are proud of you mang leoncio..keep it up!!!!!

  53. curlycutie

    isang huwarang mamamayan si Manong Leoncio.!
    Ang isang tapat at mapagkakatiwalaang tao na gaya niya ay dapat ipagmalaki at tularan..
    DAhil sa panahon natin ngayon,bihira na lang ang taong kagaya niya..
    ANg mga magagandang katangian ni Manong Leoncio ay sana taglayin din nating lahat.PAra sa ikakagaan ng ating buhay..

  54. knight09

    Despite how we look for a way to finance our basic needs in our everyday means of living, there are still persons who are left honest and grown up to be with morals and dignity that they’re standing for.
    Truly, Mr. Pagtama is a good example of being a true filipino not only by words but thru bloods proving himself to people around him not only once but for many times he had returned what he had found. He never claim those things especially the money he found.
    Hoping to have more like Mr. Pagtama existing in this world

  55. joma

    its good to know that ms. leoncio, the janitor of our college is one of hose filipinos who always good at all times. well, i always saw him in our college, busy cleaning the classrooms and collecting garbage’s. he is not only honest, but he’s also industrious, friendly and sometimes a joker. thumbs up to mr. leoncio and im proud to him. hope more blessings to come for him.

  56. taga mars

    Honesty is such a lonely word, everyone is so untrue. Ngem ni manong janitor impakita na nga saan a pudno daytoy a pagsasao. Nasaayat unay nu adda pay nabati a kas kenkwana. Sa dami ng nangyayari sa mundo iniisip natin na wala nang dadaig pa sa kasamaan. Pero ika ni Mike Enriquez…pag may bad news, may GOOD NEWS! 24 oras…

  57. light

    wow. he is such a pattern to many of the Filipinos. now that our country is facing such a bad reputation, acts like this, in one way or another, we can show the world we’re sincere in changing to better.

  58. Aji

    I do respect Mang Leoncio. In fact I don’t leave any wrappers or crumpled papers whenever I left a room. I use the trash cans. It’s because this is the only way I can help Mang Leoncio for being hardworking, patient and honest. I knew some friends helped by Mang Leoncio, either in small things like IDs or calculators. Because of him, people who know his deeds might also think that I’m honest as him which is I think true.

  59. nina rexie ailibuyog

    yan si mang leoncio.. saludo kmi sa inyong katapatan at kabutihan..

  60. makky

    saludo po kami sa inyo mang leoncio

  61. Reynaldo Senior

    Itak lang nga nabasa Mang Leoncio, sapay koma ta tuladen naka dagiti sumarsarno nga kaputotam ken dagiti pada tayo nga Ilokano ken Pilipino. Agbiag ken agbayag koma ti kaputotam.

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