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Construction worker offered work in NZ after returning lost wallet

A simple act of kindness has opened an opportunity for a Filipino construction worker to give his family a better life.

Days after Adones Datalayta's story was featured on “24 Oras,” a New Zealand-based company, Farrell Group Ltd., has expressed interest in hiring him.

“Kala ko 'di aabot sa ganito,” Datalayta, who made the news after returning a lost wallet he found containing P20,000, said in a report on “24 Oras” on Tuesday.

However, his lack of proper documentation such as a birth certificate and passport is a major stumbling block to him becoming an overseas Filipino worker.

His daily wage of P650 would also pose a challenge in gathering enough funds for the paperwork, as taking a day off could seriously dent his family's budget.

“Natatakot ako. Siyempre, mag-absent lang ako ng isang araw, apektado yung pang-gastos sa pamilya ko,” he said.

Ivan Presquito, a Filipino finance & process manager with Farrell, told “24 Oras” via Skype that people with Datalayta's level of honesty are “quite hard to find,” adding Datalayta should serve as “an inspiration to do good.”

Presquito's Kiwi partner said of Datalayta, “This guy's done a good thing, [and] I think a good thing should come back to him.”

“Our experiences with Filipinos have been very, very good,” he added.

Farrell Group Ltd. accepted the construction worker after an interview over Skype, and has agreed to shoulder flight costs to bring him to New Zealand.

If Datalayta manages to get there, he may earn up to P100,000 a month, excluding allowances and benefits, the “24 Oras” report said. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News