MANILA – The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the enforcement of its 2006 order allowing the National Power Corp. (Napocor) and Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) to pay P62 billion in damages and back wages to its employees who were illegally retrenched in 2003.
The court held in a resolution released last Tuesday to suspend the former decision, lifting the garnishment against Napocor and PSALM, as well as their creditors and depository banks, for payouts to petitioners.
“The court’s action today… stops the execution of the writs of garnishment and allows the court to determine who are entitled to be paid under the terms of its previous resolutions and how much each is entitled to be paid,” the resolution said.
It added that the decision was made in order to properly identify which terminated the employees who were entitled to back wages and how much should they receive.
The original decision, dated Sept. 26, 2006 favored the NPC Drivers and Mechanics Association (Dama), nullifying NPC resolutions and that prompted employee termination in 2003.
Two years later, a resolution was issued declaring that form the time of termination, the petitioners “have the right to reinstatement or separation pay in lieu of reinstatement, pursuant to a validly approved separation program; plus back wages, wage adjustments, and other benefits accruing.”
PSALM, on the other hand took action last August, after the the 2006 ruling was upheld by the court and insisted that the NPC and PSALM has a liability on the benefits of the dismissed employees.