travel & lifestyle blog by ruth dela cruz

Feeling Safe and Secured with Unlikely Heroes

June 10, 2015
Hello from Guam! I am typing this at 11:30 pm (we are 2 hours ahead Manila time). I am loving every minute of my stay here. I love the adventures and misadventures – and the feeling of being safe and secured.

It is interesting to notice that there are no guards in the mall. Unlike in Manila where every establishment, mall and property has a security guard. With the volume of people going in and out of malls everyday, being a security guard tasked to ensure everyone’s safety is no joke. A security guard is expected to be quick on his feet and always mentally alert especially since security risks these days are getting trickier. That is why security personnel always have to undergo regular training.

Being the biggest mall in the country in terms of number of branches and daily foot traffic, SM handles security as a top priority. Apart from the training, the SM Security Force also rewards exemplary performance from its ranks. In a recent graduation ceremony held at SM North EDSA, several security guards were given recognition and commendation for their honesty, alertness, and
Not too many people realize this, but the amount of cash that security guards find and turn over to
mall administration for return to customers is big enough to test one’s moral virtues.

The value ranges from as “low” as PhP 22,000 to a staggering US$ 2,000! Any lesser human being would have easily ran away with the money; but not these security guards, who believe that honesty is –  as the Aside from cash, these security guards also face the temptation that goes with electronic gadgets left by customers like cellular phones and music players. Again, others can just as easily say, “finders keepers” and run to the nearest gadget stall to sell the goods.

Only security guards with integrity would take the high road and surrender the found items to proper authorities. The commended security men were also responsible for the arrest of salisi gang members,
shoplifters, pickpockets, and swindlers. Bear in mind that they are not police officers, and therefore do not carry firearms whenever they are inside the mall. For them to catch these criminals is urageous that not any regular Juan can do.

Perhaps it would help us customers to remember that the life of kuya sikyo is always on the line
while he looks after our own. His job may not be as dangerous as that of a soldier, but risky and unting just the same if you take into consideration the thousands of civilian customers and tenants he has to look after, day in and day out.

So, to SM security guards like Jayred C. Martin, Norberto S. Bautista, Jr., Angelito P. Fuentes,
Dominador O. Apawan, Lourince Z. Olog, Dexter P. Gadot, Melvin O. Muramatsu, Rowell R.
Condolon, Oliver M. Maramag, and Ramon P. De Leon – saludo kami sa inyo, mga sirs!
On our part, it wouldn’t hurt to give manong guard a short smile or acknowledgment once in a
while. Try it the next time you go to a mall.

Btw, I am waiting for our go-signal to do a quick shopping tonight. Have I told you how honest people are here in Guam? Our tourist guide lost his phone during our ATV ride and he was able to recover it – the same with the bag that the show producer has left in the flea market.

Yup ending this story with good vibes 🙂

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