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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Reynaldo Raflores October 16, 2014 at 6:24 am

Oo jojo nakita ng misis ko yung name mo sa list qualified claimant insan.


Ger October 16, 2014 at 7:41 pm

The computed amount in the unofficial list is definitely not correct. As you can see, the period covered is from January/February 2003 to January 31, 200_

The year in the January 31 is not clear. Definitely January 31 is incorrect. The correct period of backwages/benefits is from march 1, 2003 to September 14, 2007


bessie October 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Sir ger, i agree with you na hindi tama yung amount sa sinasabi nila na unoifficial list ng dama claimants .kasi marami ang wala sa list na ito .at saka ito yung lumang e- copy ng list na dinagdagan lang ng isang column para sa intetest. Kaya hintayin na lang natin yung Official at totong list na manggagaling sa Napocor.


Amigo October 17, 2014 at 5:41 am

Ang sabi po sa sept 9 2014 resolution ay (j) DIRECT…. petitioner and respondent to SUBMIT, within 45 days … lists of NPC employees as of January 31, 2002…: i. full name; ii. date of hire; iii. last day of uninterrupted service after date of hire; iv. position and salary as of last day of service; v. …. at anytime from NPC, the amount of termination or separation pay received and date of receipt.

Hindi po hinihingi ni supreme court ang computation galing sa dalawang parties. Kaya nakapagtataka kung ano yung klaseng computation or options ang pinapagawa pa ng PSALM at DOF sa napocor.

Doon naman sa item v. na kung saan kailangan ang separation vouchers, September 2008 pa sinabi ng korte suprema na kakailanganin ang nareceive na 2003 separation pay para sa panibagong computation ng separation pay i.e. up to sept 14, 2007. Eh bakit ngayon lang naghahanap ang mga iyan ng mga vouchers? amin-6 na taon ang palugit. Sobra-sobrang oras para hanapin ang mga vouchers. Hindi dapat payagan na humingi ng extension to submit!


pards October 17, 2014 at 2:28 am

I also agree with you Ger. Kaya I suggest na huwag po muna tayo maaligaga regarding this unofficial list. Anyways, as Amad said, it is “Unofficial”. We don’t even know yet if DAMA and NPC have complied with the order of the court last September. Only SC will decide as to the proper claimants and the correct computation.

Dama-yan is also correct. It will be best if we read the previous comments. Our other colleagues have exerted all their efforts in the battle for this DAMA case. Our only duty is to monitor what is happening. Everything that transpired was written in the comments.


Roberto Guevara October 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm

pwede po ba ipakita rin yung list ng COLA? tnx


Dama-yan October 17, 2014 at 4:10 am




yashberry batabor October 17, 2014 at 6:30 am

e magkano naman posa tingin niyo ang matatanggap ng bawat isa sa kanila.


Mar Reyes/TGPP October 17, 2014 at 7:54 am

Magtatanong lang po…. tama po ba na ang coverage ng Cola ay from 1989-1999? bakit po yung payroll list na lumabas noon ay from 1992 to 1999? alin po ang tama sa dalawang nabanggit….salamat po….mababayaran po ba tayo sa taong ito na 2014 sa dama at cola? kawawa naman po yung ibang kasamahan natin dati sa napocor na talagang kailangang-kailangan dahil sa mga may karamdaman….sana ibigay na ng kasalukuyang namamahala sa npc ang karapatan at benepisyo ng mga dating empleyado ng npc na apektado ng EPIRA law…Madam Pres sana po ay maging maunawain kayo sa mga dating empleyado ng napocor….salamat po


Dama-yan October 18, 2014 at 6:02 am

May official statement na po ang NPC sa DAMA at COLA na previously posted dito by dotcom. Kaya nga sabi ko po please read the previous comments baka nasagot na po mga katanugan ninyo bago kayo mag post para hindi mapuno ang space dito. Thanks.


lumad October 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Tama po kayo mga kapatid mali nga po yung computation ng int. Dapat po ay compounded annually. For 7yrs. Higit sa Doble na po sana ang halaga nun kung yung int ng una ay nag earn din ng interest. Let us pray na maaprubahan na ng SC ang ating minimithi . To god be the glory!!!


Amigo October 18, 2014 at 12:08 am

paki-usap lang po. delikado po ang pagkalat ng list na iyan dahil baka kung kaninong maruming kamay pa mapunta iyan. paki delete na lang po ang link or file sa internet. advise ko po na ishare or email directly ang file na iyan doon sa 100% na sure kayo na beneficiary. for security reasons paki delete ang.


mali po ang list na iyan. 100% sure ako na mali ang list kaya paki delete sa link.


Dama-yan October 18, 2014 at 3:27 am

@ Prospero Plazo pakidelete nyo po yong link na ipost nyo dito.
Sana po read nyo muna yong mga previous comments bago kayo mag post ng inyo. Sa lists na sinasabi dito eh “UNOFFICIAL ” cguro naman we understand the meaning of that word. Salamat po!


milestone October 18, 2014 at 6:07 am

Mga sir ask q lng po kung kelan po ang bayaran sa backwages


Amigo October 19, 2014 at 3:59 am

please delete the link!


Propero Plazo October 19, 2014 at 6:33 pm

na delete ko na po


Propero Plazo October 19, 2014 at 6:34 pm

alam naman namin na mali ang list at unofficial, yung names lang tinitingnan namin if kasama kami… :)


AYAMSURI October 19, 2014 at 6:40 pm

email nyo na lang direct sa kakilala ninyo kase kahit sino pwede ipick-up yung file na iyan kaya delikado. or better sabihin kung kasama sa listahan ang nagtatanong. ganunpaman hindi rin kayo sigurado kung tunay na beneficiary ang humihingi ng listahan. never post links where anybody can access files.


Propero Plazo October 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm

ok po


mar-uo October 20, 2014 at 12:58 am

hindi natin masisisi ang mga kasamaan natin sa haligaga na maka kuha ng balita sa dama & cola news. kasi nga naman matagal tagal na panahon silang umaasa na mabayaran eh syempre uhaw sa fresh news yan. pero sana mag tiis tiis ng kaunting panahon at yung liwanag eh malapit ng dumating. konting tiis po mga kasamaan. yun nga higit 11 years nalampasan ito pa kaya halos abot na ang kasagutan eh di pa ma hintay?? pls huminaon po sana tayo……


mar reyes October 21, 2014 at 9:58 pm

balita namin may rally muli sa oct 27….gusto po namin sumama pero may mga duty po kami….tama ba yung balita na uunahin daw pabayaran yung mga sumasama sa rally at nagbibigay ng contribution? bakit naman po ganun….malayo po kami at may mga duty….nagtatanong lang po…


mar-uo October 22, 2014 at 2:24 am

Sus.. anong klaseng tanong naman yan. sana yung may katuturan naman po at may sustansya ang pag usapan dito. pls….. wag po tayong magsayang ng space. sa mga may sense naman po sana….


mar reyes October 22, 2014 at 5:46 am

ah ganun po ba…sige po salamat sa inyong magandang panukala… mag antay na lang po siguro tayo ng official list (submitted names ng npc to sc kung sino ang mga qualified claimants at hindi)….salamat po muli…


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