BY MAR T SUPNAD
Displaced employees of the defunct government-owned Pantranco North Express Inc (PNEI), elected Saturday their new set of 15 Union officers called Pantranco Retrenched Employees Association (PANREA), paving the way for their smooth release of their long delayed benefits.
After the successful election, the newly- elected 15-member of the Board then chose among themselves, under their constitution and by-laws, their four key top officers.
Reelected president was Romy Alfonso; Vice president Hermie Navarro; Secretary Pedro Barrientos, and Treasurer Ms. Ofel Manabat.
The elected Union officers will serve a three-year term.
Alfonso and Manabat expressed optimism that the fresh mandate given to them by the Union members will pave the way for a smoother release of their long delayed additional monetarial benetis that was blocked by “too-much politicking” by other members of the Pantranco employees.
Under the leadership and initiatives of Alfonso and Manabat, tens of millions of pesos had been released and paid to the employees in the past years. However, some more should be given to the employees as their separation benefits after the Pantranco, then sequestered by the Presidential Commission on good Government, went bankrupt and suddenly closed shop, without the employees being paid.
The National Labor Relations Commission and the Court of Appeals ruled that the remaining assets of Pantranco should be given to the displaced employees as their monetary benefits.
Alfonso said that tens of millions of pesos are awaiting for distribution to the 500 members of the group after they won from Court of Appeals for the granting of franchise of around 489 units of the bus that will, in turn, be sold to cover the monetarial benefits of the employees.
According to the PANREA president, they can now act freely to dispose their franchise and other assets of the company, then, he said another set of monetary benefits will be distributed to the employees.
Alfonso lauded the CA ruling granting their petition, saying the long-delayed justice for the displaced employees of Pantranco, can now be achieved.
Survived from a heart by-pass operation, Alfonso said the said 489 new units can then be sold and the millions of pesos proceeds of which will be immediately distributed to the more than 500 –strong member of PANREA.
“Maliban sa magandang balita na naipanalo natin ang prankisa ng ating units ay naipanalo na rin natin ang inilabang pagpapatitulo sa ating lote sa Santiago City matapos aprobahan ng korte ang titulo natin sa lupa na matagal nang ginagamit na kalsada ng Santiago City; Natural babayaran na ng pamahalaan ang ating lote doon at ito ay idi distribute na naman natin sa mga miyembro pagkatapos ng election,” pointed out Alfonso.
Mar T Supnad