Court orders NPC to pay employees P6.49-Billion

by EVMail News on April 7, 2009


ORMOC CITY – A Quezon City regional trial court has awarded with finality this week some 9,777 employees of the National Power Corporation (NPC) a whooping P6.496-Billion representing “back allowances” and unpaid cost of living allowances (COLA) from November 1989 up to 1999, when the case was filed against the government corporation.

The sum, if equally divided among the 9,777 employees, would give each around P664,000.00. However, the distribution of the money would be prorated, depending on their salary scale, as the back allowances and COLA due to them represents 40 plus 10 percent of their salaries, respectively.

Presiding Judge Luisito G. Cortez of the RTC Branch 84 in Quezon City has also ordered NPC to pay the employees another P 704-million interest at 12 percent per annum on the whole sum, from the time the complaint was filed in December 2007 until its resolution in December 2008. The lawyers and “consultants” of the NPC employees were also awarded 300,000.00 in attorney’s fees, aside from five percent of the entire amount that each employee will receive, as consultancy fee for them. That would be around P324.8-million.
A notice to comply dated March 24, this year, has since been served by the sheriff of RTC Branch 84 to the NPC on March 25, after the decision became final. It is not learned at this point in time if the NPC would file an appeal on the judge’s decision at the Supreme Court, or if still can be appealed.
However, NPC employees are confident they would get the P6.496-Billion award, banking on a similar case that has already been resolved by the Supreme Court just last December 2008. This was the complaint filed by terminated members of the NPC Drivers and Mechanics Association (NPC DAMA). The Supreme Court has ordered NPC to pay the terminated drivers their back wages and allowances, saying their termination from work was illegal. The National Power Corporation is a government-controlled corporation. Its transmission facilities under TransCo have since been privatized, including the one in Eastern Visayas based at Milagro, this city, which was bought by a Chinese firm and now operating under the name National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

NPC is the same entity that has recently been allowed by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to increase on their power rates by some P1.1460 in the Visayas, claiming they have been operating on the red. However, in a certification issued on April 22, 2008, Alexander Japon, NPC senior finance department manager, certified that it has available funds for the payment of back allowances and COLA to its personnel and former employees in the amount of P8.5-Billion.
To demand for the immediate compliance of the court order, former NPC employees, majority of who have since been absorbed by the new owners of its facilities, have started a “peaceful assembly” in their respective locations every lunch break. Here in Milagro, this city, the employees took to assembling at the plant gates during their lunch break starting Friday, March 27, 2009. Requesting anonymity, some employees told the EV Mail that what they are doing is just to dramatize their demand, but they are doing it during their lunch break so as not to disrupt the normal operations of the electric transmission facility.

Class suit

The complaint against the NPC is for mandamus. It was filed by two employees originally, Abner P. Eleria and Melito B. Lupanco. Eleria was president of the NPC Employees Consolidated Union or NECU and Lupanggo, president of the NPC Employees and Workers Union (NEWU). Soon thereafter, their respective unions filed as petitioner-intervenors in behalf of its members. The judge then ruled that since the parties involved were numerous, that the same was a “class suit”. The petitioners complained to the court that before November 1989, they received allowances and COLA which were discontinued after the Salary Standardization Law took effect. The Department of Budget and Management, on the other hand, issued DBM Corporate Circular No. 10 (CCC No. 10), as its implementing guidelines. The guidelines, however, proved fatally defective after it was not published. It was only published by the DBM on the Official Gazette on March 1999, after 10 years. Government counsels, on the other hand, including the Office of the Solicitor General, tried to argue for NPC and DBM, attacking the complaint for various technicalities including the non-payment of the proper amount of docket fees.

However, Judge Cortez brushed these aside, invoking in his decision the constitutional right of the people to the equal protection of law. In his prefatory statement, the judge said “The State affirms labor as a primary social economic force. It shall protect the rights of workers and promote their welfare. The state values the dignity of every human person and guarantees full respect of human rights.” He also invoked that “Free access to the courts and quasi-judicial bodies and adequate legal assistance shall not be denied to any person by reason of poverty”. He said that when the case was filed at his sala, the Clerk of Court computed the proper fees for its filing then, since it was only in the course of the proceedings that it became a “class suit”. As such, the judge also imposed a lien of P145.4-million on the total award representing payment of the adjusted docket fees. He cited Section 2, Rule 141 of the Rules of Court that provides: “Where the court in its final judgment awards a claim not alleged, or a relief different from, or more than that claimed in the pleading, the party concerned shall pay the additional fees which shall constitute lien on the judgment in satisfaction of said lien”. with a report from JP Serseña


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boratzky January 12, 2015 at 3:11 am

Ay ang kukuli kc

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richard panotes January 12, 2015 at 4:32 am

To all,
Tama nga yata buratzky. Pag ganyan ang magiging desisyon ng mga susunod pang mga president ng pilipinas e walang mangyayari. Maghihintay tayo sa wala. Baka 100 years pa lumipas e hindi pa rin naibibigay ng gobyerno ang dama claims. Ang kailangan e lumapit na tayo sa powerful na iglesia ni KRISTO para makipag negotiate kay president noynoy. Walang mangyayari jan sa mga rally rally sa tent sa harap ng npc head office kasi hindi naman pinapakinggan ni pnoy at hindi rin sumusunod sa utos ng supreme court kaya humingi na tayo ng tulong sa iglesia ni KRISTO. Pakikinggan ni pnoy ang iglesia ni KRISTO kasi malapit na election

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boratzky January 15, 2015 at 4:51 am

Kay poe francis tayo lumapit weeee!

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mark lopez January 17, 2015 at 1:28 am

ano po latest news dun sa sc en banc last wed re-dama claim? slamat po

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who me? January 17, 2015 at 9:06 am

court order
ipakain daw sa buwaya si BORATZKY

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Amad January 18, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Tanungin po natin si “ANONYMOUS” Baka alam Nya kasi sya nag balita dito na plantsado na daw ang DAMA.

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slec January 18, 2015 at 5:27 pm

sana naman naliwanagan ang isipan ni pnoy sa pagbisita dito ni Pope Francis at bayaran na ang dama claims natin.

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mark lopez January 18, 2015 at 10:35 pm

sana nga po magliwanag ang kaisipan nya at magkaron sya ng tamang tuwid na daan na sya nyang laging sinasabi pero malayo sa ginagawa……Ms or Ms Anonymous ano na po ang latest news ninyo re sc enbanc last wednesday…????? slmat po…

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boratzky January 18, 2015 at 11:52 pm

Hoy ho me? Pabalato pag nakuha mo ang coma ha? Plmis ha? Weee!

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mark l. January 19, 2015 at 4:20 am

plamis comang coma kana boratzky panot

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icebreaker January 19, 2015 at 5:22 am

ang patuloy na delay sa pagbayad ng nararapat para sa ating mga empleyado ay dala ng alitan ni pnoy at ng korte suprema. nakakalungkot na napapagitna tayo dun. nung ilunsad ang “tent”, marami ang nakaramdam at umasa na malaki ang maitutulong nito sa ipinaglalaban natin, masaya sa pakiramdam na kahit sa anong paraan, may naitutulong tayo, kundi man sa presensya natin, maliit tulong pinansyal, pati sa pagpapadala ng sulat. and nakakalungkot lang sa nangyari, sa halip na magkabuklod buklod tayo, nagkarun ng di magandang samahan ang iba nating myembro dahil sa mga “naghahari-harian” dun, kabi-kabilang maanghang na salita na nadadamay ang ibang walang kinalaman. naghain ng bagay na pagbobotohan, pero nung madami ang sumang-ayon, pinagtawanan. nandyan pa ang mga salita na may halong pananakot sa mga myembro na wag bayaran, lumalabas nababahiran na pati boluntaryong pagtulong. yung iba namang “hari” kung anu-ano na naiisip gawin sa grupo na sa pananaw namin, nalalayo na sa unang adhikain. sana maliwanagan hindi lang si pnoy kundi pati na rin iba nating mga kasamang “hari” na maitama ang layunin ng pagbubuklod buklod. tigilan na rin sana ang mga botohan na sa totoo wala naman maitutulong sa desisyon ng korte suprema. and pinal na desisyon ay manggaling sa korte suprema, hindi sa mga walang saysay na botohan para lamang masabi na nagti-“trend” ang kanilang ideya. nakakalungkot na meron nagsasabi na “hindi sya kasali sa ipinaglalaban natin” pero sya ang nagiging dahilan bakit tayo nagkakawatak-watak at sya and nangingibabaw sa mga usapin.
magkaisa sana tayo ayun sa totoong layunin kung bakit tayo pinagbuklod buklod – ilaban ang ating karapatan para sa isang biyayang naaayon sa atin.

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mark lopez January 19, 2015 at 9:49 am

sumasang ayon ako sa iyo ms or mr icebreaker….tigilan na sana ang walang patutunguhang diskusyon at sa halip ay magkaisa tungo sa isang layunin….ang mabayaran tayo sa ating benepisyo…sa mga nasa sc at ehekutibo….sana tigilan nyo na rin ang alitan kasi kaming maliliit na manggagawa sa gobyerno ang naaapektuhan….isa diwa sana ninyo ang naging menahe ni papa francisco…..yun lang po….. slmat po

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gabriel credoe January 20, 2015 at 4:20 am

Npc-psalm is asking for another 30days for the completion of documents an insider said.babayaran na raw tayo, kalat na sa loob ng NPC ang balitang ito.

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gabriel credoe January 20, 2015 at 4:24 am

Boratzky Anong masasabi? maglilibre ako ng kape at tinapay pra sa mga bisita mo.

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who me? January 21, 2015 at 5:08 am

Rest in peace BORATZky

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mar-uo January 21, 2015 at 2:23 am

mga ka empleyado ko sa npc. uminahon po tayong lahat at mag dasal ng taimtim. wag mging negatibo. maging pasensyoso at mapag pakumbaba. umasa sa awa ng may kapal at makakamtan din natin ang ginhawa.. keep calm…… mababayaran tayong lahat. think positive soon……..

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rogelio bandalan January 22, 2015 at 6:57 am

gud evening mga kasamahan ko ipinagdasal ko na sana hindi na magtatagal na sa pag hihintay natin na mabayran na tayo more prayers pa mga kasamahan may awa ang dios ky pedro ky pedro at kang npp para sa npp, 24/7 uli mga kasamahan pagdadarasal natin sama tayo sa unos na ito hanggang sa matupad ang ipinaglalaban natin, si rogelio jojo bandalan po ito na nagsasabi sa inyo dasal ang kasagutan nito. maraming-maraming salamat sa lahat na dumamay sa npp, more power isigw natin ang katarungan

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slec January 23, 2015 at 1:03 am

totoo ba yung sinasabing 30 days na hinihingi ng npc at psalm para kumpletuhin ang mga documents at babayaran na ang dama claims natin? kung reliable ang information pakiconfirm din. Thanks a lot.

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Dama-yan January 23, 2015 at 4:44 am

Kailan ba yong 45 days na deadline sa Supreme Court? Any updates? Salamat po!

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mark lopez January 24, 2015 at 5:53 am

ano naman po yung 45 days na deadline sa sc….nagtatanong lang po….slmat

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Dama-yan January 24, 2015 at 10:01 am

Sumulat po si Mrs. Buenaventura sa SC noon na binigyan agad ng merit ng SC kaya na delay ang pagbayad nila sa ating DAMA.

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mark lopez January 24, 2015 at 1:52 pm

ah ok marami pong salamat…..sana naman po makuha na natin ngayong 1st qtr ng 2015 ang ating overdue na dama…..para lahat tayo ay makinabang sa ating benepisyo na ilan taon na rin namang nabinbin…..slamat po ulit…..

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who me? January 26, 2015 at 7:31 am

Tommorow at 9:30 A.M. South Wing Annex Fuentebella Room there will be House Committee on Energy Hearing on EPIRA Review, Repeal and Amendment to be presided by its Chairman Hon. Rey Umali..

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