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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bulig November 20, 2014 at 7:22 am

@dama-yan
Sino po si rosita conde buenaventura at ano po naisulat nya sa supreme court salamat po

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Dama-yan November 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

Taga Tiwi GPPP daw po sya. Wala po akong copy ng sulat nya.

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bulig November 20, 2014 at 8:15 am

@dama-yan
Tungkol saan ang sulat nya at pinansin ba ng supreme court ang sulat nya? Baka naman tinapon lang trash can ang sulat na yun kasi wala ng bearing.

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Dama-yan November 20, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Yan po ang news sa NPP Facebook, pero wala pang comment si Atty. VVO.

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bulig November 21, 2014 at 3:43 pm

@dama-yan
Tingin ko hindi na mag comment jan si atty. Orocio kasi hindi na binigyan ng attention ng supreme court ang letter ni rosita buenaventura kung meron man. Kasi aware ang supreme court na merong na re-hire at hindi na re-hire. Na discuss na yang issue na yan. Kaya wala ng effect o impact ang letter na yun

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entz November 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm

another 45 days to count dahil sa sulat ni sisa.

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Amad November 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Nov. 17 ang start, ibig sabihin ng after 45 days sa 3rd week pa ng January 2015 malilibawagan kng mababayaran na ang Dama.

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Dama-yan November 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Di ba napag usapan na sa mga hearing noon kng kasali ang mga rehired sa Dama claims, bakit ngayon ang SC Justices binigyan nila kaagad ng importansya ang sulat ni Mrs. Buenaventura hindi ba nila ito pinag aralan muna? May pressure kaya ito sa Palasyo o baka naman gumagawa lang sila ng dahilan para hindi na nila bayaran ang ating claims. Pananaw ko lang po ito.

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Umaasa Sa Wala November 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Baka po pakawala lang o bayaran tong Si Rosita Conde (KungDe-monya) Buenaventura ng “Yellow Submarine”

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jay sison November 22, 2014 at 12:15 am

tama lang yan… pag aralan ng sc ang legitimate claimants

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bulig November 22, 2014 at 1:09 am

@dama-yan
Confirm na ba na binigyan ng importansya ng supreme court ang letter ni rosita buenaventura? Kung confirm na bakit walang narereceive na notice si atty. Orocio galing sa supreme court para mag comment sa letter ni rosita? Kaya nagtataka ako sa mga post dito na kesyo another 45 days na extentione wala namang ilalabas ang korte suprema.

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Dama-yan November 24, 2014 at 7:12 am

@ bulig, As per info from NPP board tungkol sa petisyon ni Mrs. Buenaventura, sumulat na si Atty. VVO sa SC at antayin na lang natin sa kanya kng ano ang magiging resulta. Yon lang po salamat.

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antonia longakit November 23, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Saan ba natin makikita ang sulat na pasasagutin tayo ng either yes or no kung payag ba tayo na 50% muna ibibigay na pasiunang bayad ng dama ang husband ay papayag.

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antonia longakit November 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Papayag ang husband ko sa 50% basta lng may mangyayari ng bayaran para masaya tayong lahat ngayong pasko makakabayad sa mga bayarin.

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rogelio bandalan November 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm

sana mga kasamahan mabayaran na tayo bago mag pasko , at ano talaga ang bagong update nito sa dama claims nayin, ako po so rogelio bandalan 88-55072-2 dati assingd sa transco milagro, ormc city, thanks

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rogelio bandalan November 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm

sana mga kasamahan mabayaran na tayo bago mag pasko , at ano talaga ang bagong update nito sa dama claims nayin, ako po so rogelio bandalan 88-55072-2 dati assingd sa transco milagro, ormc city, thanks

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Amad November 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Wala pa pong sinasabi ang NPC na magbayad na sila ng 50% sa dama claims. Yon pong sinasabi nila o nabalitaan ninyo ay kong “SAKALING” ang NPC ay magbayad ng “installment” at nagbotohan po ang mga members ng NPP sa Facebook. Yon pong result na botohan at ibibigay nila kay Atty. VVO. Wala pang malinaw sa ngayon dahil sa sulat ni Mrs. Buenaventura et. al. posibleng maantala na ang bayaran.

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whuzz November 24, 2014 at 1:45 am

Yan ang nakakabahala kung totoo man yan letter na yan…As per Atty. VVO, the ruling in the Mercury Drug case shall apply in the Dama case whether rehired or not…

In my opinion, as I read the case, there is a legal basis to contest said jurisprudence as far as the Dama case is concern. The facts in the Mercury Case and Dama Case are not exactly the same.

I really don’t understand why it was never raised as an issue in the Dama Case.

Now, the bad news is, if the SC will decide on this, another year or so of waiting. This is how our judicial system works.

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bulig November 24, 2014 at 1:56 am

@whuzz
Basahin u lahat ng resolution ng supreme court at lahat ng issue ay na discuss. Ang nagpapa gulo ng decision e ung mga nag dudunong dungan sa batas. Alam ng supreme court na may na rehired. Malinawanag sa ruling na lahat e babayaran kaya huwag ng paguluhin pa.

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Justin Love November 24, 2014 at 7:05 am

matagal na tapos ang decision ng sc, naging final at estoffel pa, bat bumalik na naman kayo sa analysis ng case??

This case was clearly and unquestionably won already at listahan na lang pina finalize ngayun at para mag kabayaran na. Pag dasal na lang natin this will happen within 31 days before 2014 Christmas.

I think the claimants deserves the full right to know the updates and the real truth on this decided case and the sc should be responsible and obligated to inform us being the legitimate claimants.

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jay sison November 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm

sc will decide who are legitimate and not legitimate claimants base sa mga batas na umiiral sa bansa…matatalino sila at marunong kumilala ng tama at pantay na batas

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gabriel credoe November 25, 2014 at 6:41 am

@Jason sison Ano yang pinagsasabi mo? Nabasa mo na ba yung final decision ng SC about sa dama? Kung nbasa mo na Baka Hindi mo naintindihan? MERON NA DESISYON ANG SC PARE!

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gabriel credoe November 25, 2014 at 3:46 am

Lahat ng tanong nyo ay me sagot sa DEC.5 no less than our champ atty vivo.

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gabriel credoe November 25, 2014 at 3:55 am

Tayong lahat ay damay lang sa dama pero yung mga damay din sa dama na makapal ang mukha katulad ni Rosita Buenaventura at ni Manny lim aka herbal soap na gustng sumikat na baliw ,baligtad ang isip maghanda na kayo Ewan ko lng kung isama ba kayo sa listing.

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bulig November 25, 2014 at 5:32 am

@ jay sison
In your own opinion who are the legitimate and not legitimate claimants?

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Albert November 25, 2014 at 6:52 am

mga kapatid sa NPC..ano ba yan…may mga kapatid tayo na pilit pa rin binabago ang desisyon ng SC eh samantalang FINAL na ang desisyon ng SC…basa basa muna if may time about DAMA Case G.R. No. 156208…gising mga kapatid lahat tayo makakatanggap…God Bless NPP and to our champion Atty VVO!!

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bulig November 25, 2014 at 7:14 am

@albert
Tama ka albert may mga taong pinipilit baguhin ang final and executory decision ng supreme court gaya nina jay sison, whuzz, rosita buenaventura at iba pa, hindi ko malaman kung ano motives at purpose ng mga taong yan.

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Amaya November 25, 2014 at 8:01 am

Isama na ninyo si Mar Reyes sa list po ninyo. May mga taong ganyan dahil sa pagnanasa nilang di makakuha ang mga rehire pinipilit nila ang maling kaisipan.

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Romulo Rodriguez November 25, 2014 at 4:33 pm

@Gabriel Credoe: what’s the significance of Dec 5 date?

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gabriel credoe November 25, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Pumunta ka green tent me party ang NPP soon sa DEC.5.

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Dama de Noche November 26, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Mga kapatid basahin ang short part ng resolution ng SC GR 156208 para hindi na paulit ulit ang mga katanungan ninyo kung ano ba talaga. Ang kabuuan ay nasa website ng Supreme Court.
Habang tumatagal lumalaki ang babayaran ng NPC at PSALM kung pagbabatayan ang GR # 189871.
12% per annum starting February 28, 2003 to September 14, 2007 at 6%/ per annum starting September 15, 2007 up to present or until their full satisfaction. May lumabas ng bagong computation sa NPP.

GR # 156208
We now go to the implementation of our decision. Petitioners submitted to this Court a list supposedly containing names of employees separated from the NPC pursuant to the nullified NPB Board Resolutions No. 2002-124 and No. 2002-125 and the respective amounts they will receive. The computation of the benefits due them started on 1 February 2003/1 March 2003 to 30 June 2009. Even if we are to consider said list to be an official document released with authority by the NPC, we unfortunately cannot use the same to determine, at this point, the amounts due each of the affected NPC employees for the simple reason that amounts due should only be from the date of the employees’ illegal termination (31 January 2003 for key officials; last day of service in NPC but not beyond 15 January 2003 for early leavers; date of actual separation for personnel no longer employed at the NPC after 26 June 2001; and 28 February 2003 for all other NPC personnel) up to 14 September 2007 when NPB Resolution No. 2007-55 was issued. This list which should contain the names of all, not only 16, the affected NPC employees shall be submitted by the Chairperson and the Members of the National Power Board and the President of the NPC to the proper person to execute this judgment within ten (10) days from receipt of this resolution.

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jay sison November 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm

tama po ang resolution na ito kasi kaming mga maliliit na driver sa npc ang unang kumilos at ni walang isang TAO na tumulong maliban sa isang asosasyon… asan kayo ng mga panahon na yun…ngayon may linaw na ay kayo pa itong kunyari magagaling at apektado (kuno) ng npc board resolution (2003) na dineklarang walang bisa ng korte suprema…tama ka mar…tayo-tayo ang unang nagsimula….

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Amad November 26, 2014 at 4:20 pm

@ Jay Sison, Tama po kayo at ako’y nagpapasalamat sa inyo dahil kng Hindi ninyo inilaban ito wala sanang matatanggap na biyaya kng tayo ay mababayaran na. Sinabi nyo po na “walang Isang taong tumulong maliban sa Isang asosasyon. Asan kayo kayo ng mga panahon na yun..”

Binanggit po ni Atty. VVO na lahat kayo ay bumitiw sa kanya maliban Kay Mr. Caloy G. habang umuusad ang kasong ito. Kng kayo po si Caloy G. ay saludo po ako sa inyo at mabuhay po kayo.

Sinabi din po ni MR. Herrera na nag ambag ambag sila noon sa ibinayad nila sa filling fee at lahat kayo ay bumitaw Kay Atty. VVO sa kalagitnaan ng kaso at sya na lahat ang gumastos habang umuusad ang kaso.

Sana wala ng ganitong bangayan lahat naman tayo ay makikinabang kng sakali ah. Si Emmmanuel Herbal Soap ay nagbago na po ng pananaw nya. Salamat po!

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bulig November 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm

@jay sison
Bakit hindi kayo nag object noong unang stage palang ang dama case at pinigil nyo si atty orocio noong I file nya na class suit ang dama case. Ngayong may final and executory na ang case tsaka kayo mag oobject, ano naidulot ng object nyo, lalong tumagal, gusto nyo naman e kapalaran ni juan e kapalaran rin ni pedro, tsaka huwag mong sabihin na hindi tumulong mga na rehire, baka hindi month alam mga hirap din nila.

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Gift of God November 26, 2014 at 3:54 pm

@jay sison: Alam po ng marami na naging bahagi ng DAMA case ang drivers assn ng npc, ngunit bakit po nung lumabas na ang sc decision ay gumawa kayo ng manipesto para alisin sina atty vvo at atty aldon, Dahil nagpasuhol kayo sa NPC mngt. na ilaglag ang kaso for your own greediness at marahil sa ipinangakong position sa inyo sa npc. makasarili at walang pakialam sa kapwa empleyado. Lahat po ng npc rehired at not rehired ay nakakaranas ng paghihirap sa illegal na epira. Yung mga narehired mababasa dati ang salary, almost 12yrs na walang increase, inalis pa ang mga benepisyo at allowances. sana wag na pong magmarunong ang lahat, sa halip ay ipaubaya na natin sa ating champ atty vvo at atty aldon ang lahat. Ita naman pong claims natin ay legal na moral damages sa kamaliang gawa ng gobyerno sa pagmamadali nilang iimplement ang epira law na ang nakapirma ay mga alternates secretary lang.
Let us all continue our prayers to our Almighty Father, our lord and lord of Abraham and Moises! for early release of our DAMA claims.
God bless us all!

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bulig November 26, 2014 at 6:34 pm

@jay sison
Huwag mong sabihing KAMING MGA MALILIIT NA DRIVER kasi hindi ka naman driver, ginagamit u pang shield na driver ka e ang totoo hindi ka naman driver, bulaan ka. Ang mga bulaan talagang hindi nire-rehire.

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rogelio bandalan November 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm

gud afternoon mga kasahan ko dati sa napocor , ano young bago na update sa dama case na tin? salamat po sanay maisatuparan na to para lahat tayo happy, merry christmas at manigong taon po, maraming-maraming salamat atty. orocio.

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Albert November 26, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Mga Kapatid sa NPC…pakiusap na wag nyo na patulan ang mga pinagsasabi ng iba nating kasamahan , sa palagay ko hindi sya member ng NPP kaya dito sya nag comments sa EV mail gusto lng nya maybe mang asar at tayo naman if naasar ay paliwanagan at hahaba pa…nauunawaan na natin at kasama si Atty VVO na sya ay binitawan dati sa kalagitnaan ng laban sa DAMA pero ipinagpatuloy nya…wag na po patulan pakiusap ang pinag sasabi ng ibang kasama natin..ang importante ay malinaw na panalo tayo sa case at magtiis maghintay ang bigayan ng DAMA…yun lang po..magdasal lagi..God Bless..

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Albert November 26, 2014 at 11:08 pm

@GIFT of GOD…meron palang ganoong pangyayari na ngayon ko lng nalaman na…inaaalis nila si Atty. VVO at Aldon???now sa pinaglaban ng Atty. natin nanalo tayo then kasama pa sila na tatanggap sa DAMA???tsk tsk tsk ..ano ba yan…isip isip muna bago mag salita dyan nakinabang pala sila dati…

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rogelio bandalan November 27, 2014 at 6:59 pm

gud morning mga kasahan ko , meronng balita dito sa cebu na dec 15 daw ang bayaran, anong balita dyan sa manila, pls comments po , salamat

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mar-uo November 28, 2014 at 12:29 am

kasamang rogelio, wag po kayo padadala sa mga balitang ganyan baka po kayo umasa at masaktan. makakabuti nalang na mag hintay nalang kayo ng konting panahon at wag po asahan ang ganyang balita na hindi kailan man kumpirmado. pag nagpalabas po ng balita galing ke atty VVO. duon napo kayo maniwala. sa ngayon, yang balita nyo ay isang kathan isip lamang at balitang kutsero po. censya na po sir at mawalang galang nalang…..

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bulig November 28, 2014 at 1:12 am

@rogelio
Tama si mar-uo kwentong kutsero lang yan, siguro kung hindi sumulat si donya rosita buenaventura sa supreme court e posible yang sinasabi u na babayaran na dama sa december 15, 2014. Wala eh ng dahil sa letter na un e siguradong next year na magka bayaran considering the 45 days requirements by supreme court to submit documents.

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