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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angel August 29, 2015 at 1:54 am

gayahin na lang natin ang nakkilang final and executory na ang sc ang huli nga for garnishment na nga tapos pinatigi tapos ano kayang susunod. ilang final pa kaya ang hohontayin natin. malapit na ang filing ng candidacy ng mga kandidato tapos me election ban na. hanggang kelan na naman tayo maghihintay ilang claimants na naman ang mmmtay at hindi na matitikman ang claims. GISING na tayo mga claimants… gawa na tayo ng post sa facebook pata matauhan na ang mga involve sa gindi pagrelease ng ating claims.

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Smile August 29, 2015 at 5:48 am

Kasi ayw pa ninyo mag post.. Ang mga tao mga claims….cguro isa sa mag claims. Mag post tapos naka public ang account niya ..cgurado yan kakalat yan.. O mag post sa FB ng abs cbn Facebook… Cgurado yan may action mangyyari.. Kung mananahik kayo ..wla tlga mangyyari tatagal at tatagal yan..dhil matigas ang kampon ni Aquino… Kasama na ang sc….

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coco martin August 29, 2015 at 6:15 am

puro kasi tayo dito lang nag comment gumawa kayo ng fb accout @ e public talo tayo ng INC saka OFW kung wala lang aq trbho aq gagawa jan

e abs cbn n yan o e tulfo na bsta me e public na yan

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coco martin August 29, 2015 at 6:16 am

mag kaisa naman tayo para sa atin ung claim wla mangyayri kung dito lang tayo mag cocoment
bangon mga ka NPC

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Smile August 29, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Kasi ang fb nppc account ninyo nakaprivate.. Ppaano malalaman ng public ang saloobin ng bawat isa… Public ninyo……ang mga ofw Walang private ..kaya madali napakalat at na media.. Kay tulfo wla nmn Bayad …o bka takot ang Atty.. Ninyo .interview ng media o binayaran na siya ng part niya kaya tahimik

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Napocor August 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm

Okay mga naisip nyo, pero noon pa yan na ang plano ng NPP dahil may pera pa ang grupo at umabot ng mahigit isang milyon ang nalikom ng NPP sa mga donasyon ng mga miembro at Hindi member nito. Dahil sa salapi nasilaw si Resty Dela Cruz transfer nya ang ibang pera sa kanyang personal account at ibinayad pa sa kanyang credit cards. Ibinili pa nila ng mga smart cellphones. Kaya nganga na sila sa TENT. Aasa asa na lang sila ngayon. Kng magbubuo po kayo ng grupo dapat po may plano kayo hwag tularan ang grupo na may personal interest!!!

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amad August 29, 2015 at 10:25 pm

di po ba nag post na dito si ka berto sa status ng ating claim at sabi nya waiting na lang ng final resolution ng sc…talaga pong ganyan ang proseso ng batas nakapaghintay naman po tayo ng matagal at ngayong may linaw na ay baka po lalong di maganda ang maging resulta ng inyong binabalak na pamamaraan…isip-isip po muna bago mauwi sa di maganda ang kahinatnan…

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Coco martin August 29, 2015 at 7:13 pm
Coco martin August 29, 2015 at 7:14 pm

https://m.facebook.com/abscbnNEWS

Abscbn..kayo na mag post salamat

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Bruh August 30, 2015 at 5:41 pm

Baka hindi pinapamedia ang npc dama case kasi medyo delikado kung malaman ito ng ibang tao. Oo nga mas madali marelease ito, pero pag na release na, sino ang magiging target ng masasamang loob? Diba ang mga claimants?

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amad August 31, 2015 at 5:07 pm

tama po kayo mas magigung delikado para sa claimants kung ipapa media ang ating claims kasi kahit paano ay marami ring tayong kaibigan na hindi taga NPC at pag nabalitaan nila ang tungkol sa dama at cola claims ay maaari tayong ituro sa iba…iba na po ang nasa isip ng tao pag pera na ang pinag uusapan..wait wait na lang po siguro tayo sa fina SC resolution katulad ng paliwanag ni ka Berto…let’s hope for the BEST….

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amor August 31, 2015 at 9:33 pm

ano na po ang balita sa dama claims….gusto lang po makibalita ng tatay ko na dating taga npc rin…salamat po..

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Coco martin August 31, 2015 at 10:38 pm

Paano na yong mga namatay na claimant?

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ka berto September 1, 2015 at 12:37 am

Last comment na po ito., para sa mga kasamahan natin na hindi nakaka kuha ng tamang informasyon. kasi po an dami ng mga especulasyon at sari saring negatibong reaction. Yun pong SC resolution last year na pinalabas ay final and executory. pirmado ng halos lahat ng associate justices and concurred ng chief justice Serreno. ito po ay dumaan sa masusing deliberasyon at pinag aralan bago nag decide na pabor sa mga npc employees separated/retain or rehired. Sa kanilang decision, lahat ng empleyadong naterminate nuong February 2003 ay kasama sa babayaran. Natangal kaman o na rehired ay hindi na po issue at may decision na po dyan na babayaran lahat kasi po ang demanda ay (class suit) ibig sabihin rehired ka o tangal ka, kasama ka parin sa babayaran. Ang panalo ng isa ay panalo ng lahat. Yan po ang class suit, damay lahat ng npc employee nuong February 2003 employees termination. Tapos na po ang discussion dyan at lahat ay kasama sa bayaran. ang importante ay mabayaran ka. Wag ng maingit kung rehired man ang kasama mo pero mababayaran parin. wala na pong issue duon kasi tapos na po ang deliberasyon dyan…. Ang SC decision po ay naka tala na sa book of judgement at ito ay di na mababago. wait nalang tayo ng last final words ng SC at magkaka bayaran na. Ang sinasabi ko po ay naka saad sa mga SC transcript at decision na nai published na. ito po ay public document at mababasa ninyo sa internet/googles. Hindi ko po ito gawagawa lang. sinubaybayan ko lahat ng kaganapan. pwede rin po ninyong basahin ito at i research sa googles. Nanduon po lahat ng information. Meron po tayong due process na sinusunod at yan ay matagal kasi billion of pesos po ang pinag uusapan dito kaya di ito basta basta maibibigay sa atin…. Sa personal opinion ko., mapapasa atin ito at mababayaran tayong lahat. mag hintay lang. Patience,patience at patience lang., please… bahala na kayo kung araw araw kayong magbabasa ng negatibong opinion dito na hula hula lang. magkakasakit lang kayo at ma i stress.. pabayaan nyo lang. lilipas din yan. basta have faith in GOD. darating din yan……. di na po ako mag co comment sa mga negatibo at walang basehan. yan po ay kanilang sariling opinion lang. pabayaan lang natin. ganoon talaga dito sa pilipinas, tayo ay nasa demokrasyang bansa. pwede kang mag pahayag ng iyong sariling opinion. Duon lang po tayo sa tama. Ito po ay aking isi share sa mga nakakarami nating kasamaan na walang alam sa tunay na nagyayari. Sana ay maka tulong sa inyong lahat. Wag na yung ano na balita sa dama.? Kailan lalabas? Ano na nangyari? ano latest?. Basta ang payo ko is wait lang…. at least meron po tayong hihintayin na backwages. Dadating po yan..

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amor September 1, 2015 at 10:12 am

marami pong salamat ka berto…hayaan nyo po at ipaaalam ko sa aking ama ang tungkol sa inyon magandang balita….magdasal po siguro tayo para sa maagang paglabas ng sc final resolution….God Bless po…amor

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