QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Former workers of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) trooped to the Court of Appeals on Wednesday (August 22) to file a motion for reconsideration seeking the appellate court to reverse its decision favoring their retrenchment.
One of them was Rodrigo Nayangga who worked at PLDT as an electrician for 24 years under a contractual status.
“Masakit. Unang-una apektado pamilya. Tulad ngayon mayroon kang pinag-aaral. Ang iba sa amin nangungupahan, bayad sa tubig, bayad sa kuryente,” Nayangga lamented.
Mang Rodrigo now struggles to make both ends meet as a tricycle driver.
On July 31, the CA “affirmed, but with modification” the regularization order of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for PLDT.
The decision allowed the reinstatement and regularization of only 1,900 out of more than 7,000 workers laid off by the company. The said number does not include Mang Rodrigo.
Still, he hopes that with the new motion, the CA will be convinced to reverse its decision.
Meanwhile, the DOLE through the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) also filed a separate motion to CA today seeking the regularization of all 7,000 plus workers.
DOLE Assistant Secretary Benjo Benavidez hopes that the Court of Appeals will consider their argument.
In case the appellate court rules otherwise, Benavidez said they will elevate the matter to the Supreme Court (SC). – JL Asayo / Marje Pelayo