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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mark March 10, 2015 at 10:31 pm

….sumpain sila ng DIYOS at parusahan hanggang sa ka-apo-apohan nila sa mga panlolokong ginagawa nila sa mga TAO !!!

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mark March 10, 2015 at 10:31 pm

….sumpain sila ng DIYOS at parusahan hanggang sa ka-apo-apohan nila sa mga panlolokong ginagawa nila sa mga TAOng umaasa !!!

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juan March 10, 2015 at 11:19 pm

@amad yang si melencio ang unang nagbalita na ok na ang cola last year pero me press release ang npc na kailangan antayin ang court order,eh ngayon si melencio naman ang nagsabi kwentong kutsero ang cola- atty melencio lokoloko ka!

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mark lopez March 11, 2015 at 12:40 am

mr juan ….talaga pong ganyan ang may alzeihmer’s disease…iba-iba ang kwentong kutsero ang sinasabi….patawarin na lang po natin ang mga taong dati nating kasamahan na walang ginawa kundi ang mang asar at manloko ng kapwa….may karma po yan lahat…..slmat po

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kaboom March 11, 2015 at 8:08 pm

abangan naman daw po, march 13!

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boom tarat March 11, 2015 at 10:54 pm

Eh di abangan bukas mar.13.

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brodsky March 12, 2015 at 6:25 pm

pinaasa lang ng gobyerno ang mga tao..mga bulok

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mark lopez March 13, 2015 at 12:53 am

wala talaga tayong maaasahan sa gobyerno…..dapat member ka ng kkk (kaklase, kaibigan, kabarilan) para makakuha ka ng mabilis na benepisyo…..

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boom tarat March 13, 2015 at 2:12 am

Abangan sa 2016 me dating pangulo na nman ang makukulong- pero sa mental hospital… Eh kasi mongoloid!

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NPA March 13, 2015 at 7:50 pm

mr. president bayaran mo na ang dama namin dama o karma. sa mga kasamahan natin na kakaalam ng plate no. ng kotse at bahay ni gladys sta. maria at e.ledesma paki print lang dito isusumbong natin s NPA. hit squad o bumayad na lang tayo ng riding in tandem di sila makuha sa santong dasal sa santong paspasan na lang bigyan natin sila hanggang may kalalagyan sila. gusto ninyo sama na natin si petilla at butch abad.magiipon tayo ng pondo tutal marami naman tayo.pinapatay tayo sa kakaantay.sila na kya ang patayin natin.supreme court parang binabalewala nila.justice delayed.justice denied.sama ba kayo. anong say mo justice nazareno. gudluck!

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slec March 14, 2015 at 6:02 am

siguro spat unhing ipambush yang si pnoy, sobra na kasi siyang bilib sa kanyang sarili akala mo kung sinong nagpakalinis ng kanyang pagkatao at akala mo ay santo gayung may pagkademonyo rin siya mahilig pang mghugas kamay sa kanyang mga kasalanan, walng sariling desisyon na parang babae.

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mark lopez March 14, 2015 at 7:14 pm

so ano na po ang next step? wala na po ba? nagtatanong lang naman po

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Resty March 16, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Let’s wait until March 20, 2015, the last day of the requested extension.

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john doe March 16, 2015 at 10:52 pm

Pagdating ng march 20 wala pa rin. Palagi na lang ganyan.

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kulafu damasu March 17, 2015 at 1:36 am

Ah basta!

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NPA March 17, 2015 at 5:13 am

Abner Eleria at Lupango…ingatan ninyo ang buhay ninyong dalawa !!! dami niyo ng pinahirapan diyan sa COLA na dapat ay sa amin naman talaga yan…..tag-isang BALA lang ang KATAPAT ninyo !!!

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Amaya March 17, 2015 at 7:16 am

@NPA, Bakit po galit na galit kayo sa kanila sila po ba ang dahilan kng Bakit tumagal ang pag release ng COLA? Thanks

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mark lopez March 17, 2015 at 7:35 pm

tanong ko rin po… sila po ba ang dahilan kaya tumagal ang COLA….balita po kasi sa diliman gusto yata nila ay thru sa kanila ang ibabayad ng npc at sila ang mangangasiwa magbayad sa empleyado….totoo po ba ito? sana naman po ay huwag ganun….npc po ang dapat mangasiwa sa pagbabayad sa empleyado at bawasin na lang po kung meron man attorney’s fee na dapat bayaran at wag na silang makialam pa sa gusto ng npc…anyway cola naman po yata ito….slmat po

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who me? March 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

re cola sabi ng a1 or iwan source ipagpatuloy ang?
feeling excited…. hmmp…..

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mark lopez March 18, 2015 at 10:27 am

ganun po ba….always feeling excited na lang palagi? kelan kaya magkakatotoo? sana magkatotoo naman kasi sobrang tagal na po ito at halos dekada na yata ang itinagal….slmat po

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kulafu damasu March 18, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Ah basta

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Benjamin March 18, 2015 at 3:25 pm

Suggestion ko dyan sa NPP facebook, Kung wala kayong positive na news just keep quiet, huwag nyong bigyan ng pasang info. Kung Hindi nyo kayang isiwalat ang identity o pagkatao ng inyong source of info, better keep quiet, marami ng naiinis sa inyo, Baka dahil dito ay magkaroon ng faction within NPP.

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npc reitiree March 18, 2015 at 5:12 pm

naka kapag monitor po ako sa npp post. palagi nalang po may post si mr cruz na may nag bulong, may nag txt malapit na. naaawa na ako sa mga umaasa pero ala naman. bakit kaya ganyan ito si mr cruz ano kaya intensyon nya. diko malaman.

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Niel Chan March 18, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Hi everyone.. Godbless us all.

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NPC Retiree Din March 22, 2015 at 8:42 pm

npc reitiree c Sir Resty dela Cruz ba ang sinasabi mong mr cruz? Kc ang alam ko hindi si Sir Resty ang nagpopost ng ganyan sa NPP. Basa pa more sa npp post para malaman mo kung cno talaga ang nagpopost ng ganyan.

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DrAMA March 23, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Ang intention para magpadala tayo ng financial support sa tent.

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Npc-Psalm March 19, 2015 at 4:51 am

Hold on tighly
baka hindi nyo ma control ang sobrang tuwa..
very sooonnnn……………………………..

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Amad March 19, 2015 at 5:31 am

As posted by Mr. LSC, “THE BEST INDICATOR THAT THE COLA WILL BE RELEASED NA. . .is when the Sol Gen withdraws the TRO in the SC.” – Sana po ito ay totoo na. Salamat po!

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colapoy March 19, 2015 at 6:52 am

kaya ako sumali sa npp para updated ako sa dama! yun lang. pag nabayaran tayo gudbye npp. mRaming epal d2. may mga hidden agenda.

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mar-uo March 20, 2015 at 8:26 pm

nag daan na ang march 20. ano na ngayon? palagi nalang pa asa ang ginangawa sa atin.wala na bang katapusan ang ganito.???

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mark lopez March 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm

sawang-sawa na tayo sa pa-asa program ng npc/psalm…..sana naman ay magbago na ganitong pangloloko sa mga empleyado….uso ngayon ang biff at jim…kahit sa metro manila meron ng ganitong grupo….

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kulafu damasu March 23, 2015 at 1:15 am

Naniniwala ba kayo karma?

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mark lopez March 23, 2015 at 2:58 pm

yap naniniwala at talagang nangyayari yan….kakarmahin din yang mga presidente ng npc at psalm pati solgen at isama na rin natin ang sc….walang silbi ang sc dito sa atin.

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mark lopez March 23, 2015 at 6:20 pm

syempre naman…..kakarmahin din yang mga yan,,,,,

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kulafu damasu March 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Kya walang pag unlad ang pilipinas dahil sa mga taong makasarili, gusto maupo sa pwesto para mgpayaman sa baluktot na daan, baluktot ang kaisipan, government run like hell sabi ni MLQ.

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kulafu damasu March 23, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Kya walang pag unlad ang pilipinas dahil sa mga taong makasarili, gusto maupo sa pwesto para mgpayaman sa baluktot na daan, baluktot ang kaisipan, government run like hell sabi ng mga sinaunang leader ng bansa, saan b patungo ang Pilipinas?

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mark lopez March 24, 2015 at 10:26 pm

sa ngayon walang direction ang Pinas….parang mga presidente ng npc/psalm walang direction ang management…slmat po

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mark lopez March 25, 2015 at 10:25 am

sir/mam….tapos na po ang march 20….wala pa ring magandang balita na TOTOO?

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mar-uo March 26, 2015 at 12:28 am

GOOD AFTERNOON NPP!

MAY NAG TEXT…..

LET US ALL PRAY TODAY AND TOMORROW AT 3:00 PM NA SANA AND FINALLY MATAPOS NA AT MADESISIONAN NA ANG DAMA CASE….

PLEASE PASS THIS TO AT LEAST TEN (10) OF YOUR FRIENDS NA MEMBER NG NPP O MASKI HINDE MEMBER NG NPP NA TATANGAP DIN NG KANILANG BACKWAGES SA DAMA CASE…..

FAILURE TO DO SO BAKA TUMAGAL PA ANG DAMA CASE ULIT….

IF YOU BELIEVE AND HAVE READ. eto po ang post ni ginoong edgar herrera…… nakakaasar ang taong ito kasi pina paasa ang mga retirees sa mga post nya na wala naman katotohanan. itoy kanyang personal na kat hang isip lang. ay nakupo. bakit kaya may ganitong tao sa mundo…. maawa naman sya sa mga npc retirees….. wag nama sanang ganito……

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john doe March 26, 2015 at 6:30 am

@ mau-ro me balita na si atty orocio at pres.resty.final resolution na lang ang hinihintay ntin, $ana lord GOD pabor sa atin ang final resolutions ng SC, I hope makakamtan ntin ang ating matatangap na dama.

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mark lopez March 26, 2015 at 10:32 pm

pwede po bang malaman kung ano yung balita ni atty orocio at mr resty? marami pong salamat….

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king March 27, 2015 at 12:07 am

Mark Lopez punta ka po sa NPP (facebook) at mababasa mo po dun yong post ni Sir Resty dela Cruz.

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mark lopez March 27, 2015 at 1:20 am

marami pong salamat sir king…kaya lang po sir wala po akong fb acct….anyway marami pong salamat….

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anonymous March 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm

nagsalita na si atty orocio nung friday. baka second quarter nnmn ng taon..parang basketball.may 1st,2nd,3rd at 4th quarter.konti nlng..wag na sanang mag OVERTIME!

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Okad March 28, 2015 at 11:58 pm

Hahaha…

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who me? March 29, 2015 at 4:29 am

one step away…
makukuha na natin ang kay tagal natin hinintay,
base on the documents manefistetion..
mabuhay po kayo..it maybe near but it seems so far…
lights is going On………

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