September 17, 1987 is the exact date when PPA employees union was born through the courage of our previous leaders and colleagues in the service. The main purpose of its creation is to represent the rank and file’s welfare, better working condition, security of tenure, awards/rewards, recognition,privileges, additional benefits and etc. that PPA management can give through a Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) that both parties agreed upon.
It is very sad to recall that since 2012 of December almost all of our benefits (mid- year bonus, year-end incentive.grocery allowance/gift check) that we usually received were stopped by just a one piece of paper issued by former Executive Secretary of PNoy. They promised to all GOCC’s affected by the abrupt abolition of benefits to be replaced with a new scheme of salary that incorporates all our benefits but until the time PNoy stepped down the salary adjustment thru CPCS was not realized, this creates demoralization to the entire ranks and hardships to our lives because of the sudden effect to our daily sustenance and survival.
My dear fellow PANTALAN members, up to this day our fate and hope is still pending in court, our case is in the hands now of the Court of Appeals (CA – for traditional benefits after losing it in the lower court (RTC Manila). My personal opinion to this situation is – let us not hope so much of things that we are not in control of, since we know that the justice system in the Philippines works too slow and this includes all our other cases in court (COLA, CNA 2009-2010 differential, HMO disallowance). What we can do now is PRAY and HOPE for the best to happen with the present administration.
PANTALAN leadership and the NEB officers are doing their best to positively win this battle by constantly communicating with PPA management to help us resolve the matter and of course with the guidance of our privately-hired counsel. We decided not to resort to any violent reactions through the conduct of MASS ACTIONS by holding protest or rallies against the government especially the creation of GCG and its actions to our benefits and other privileges, we do not want to compromise the SAFETY of PPA employees in showing our dismay to the previous administration by marching thru the main streets/roads of Manila to let them know that we are suffering from financial difficulties.
I believed that not all leaders are heartless like some previous leaders in Malacanang under the office of the President; this present administration has a lot of promises and hope that will bring light to our future and to our children and their children’s future, too.
I do believe that nothing will last FOREVER in this world, our sacrifices will end, and the long awaited salary adjustment will come soon as committed by the General Manager per memo issued to us on the update of our CPCS.
The long journey that each PPA employee had travelled before, during and after our stay with this organization will also end but it should end by leaving the organization PROUD, CONTENTED and HAPPY working with one of the prestigious Government Owned and Controlled Corporations in the country, that once in our lifetime PPA has change our lives and made it a very significant one.
To achieve this, LET US ALL HELP THE ORGANIZATION TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE BY DOING OUR PART, LET US PLANT THE GOOD SEEDS AND HARVEST THE SWEETEST FRUITS OF OUR LABOR WHEN THE RIGHT TIME COMES.
Let us not always think, “What PPA can do to us BUT, let us also THINK WHAT we can help PPA In return to achieve its GOALS!
THANK YOU, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AND GOD BLESS US ALL!
(Sgd.)BERNARD C. CALLEDO
National Executive President