ECC steps up info drive on employees’ compensation program to uniformed personnel PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 March 2015 13:56

By Dominic I. Sanchez

 

The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) is intensifying its advocacy efforts to promote its services to uniformed personnel all across the region.

“Our men and women in uniform are most prone to work-related hazards since they are front-liners,” said Jerrick Go of the ECC. “We need to make them aware of the benefits they are entitled to be able to assist them whenever work-related contingencies happen.”

On Tuesday (March 17), the ECC celebrated its 40th anniversary. In the local level, the ECC together with its mother agency the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) participated in a nationwide simultaneous information-dissemination campaign on its services for uniformed personnel including members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), which was held at the LM Metro Hotel here.

Go said that similar orientations would be conducted in the different provinces here.

DOLE-IX Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano encouraged the participants to learn more about the ECC. “The ECC has been around for 40 years, but it has only been in Zamboanga barely 3 years,” Cano said. “We need to advocate our services especially to the uniformed personnel. These discussions will provide you with the adequate information on social protection whenever the time comes when you need them.”

Earlier, the families of the eight SAF-44 from the region have already received P20 thousand each in funeral benefits. According to Go, they are now working out for the employees’ compensation special pension for the SAF members’ kin, which will provide additional monetary reparations for the families.

The ECC is a government agency mandated to provide meaningful and appropriate compensation to worker in the event of work-related contingencies. Among its functions include claims disposition, rehabilitation of occupationally disabled workers (ODWs) through trainings and other interventions, and information dissemination on the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP).

Under the ECP, all workers from both government and private institutions may avail of the benefits provided they are SSS (except self-employed or voluntary members) and GSIS members, including members of the AFP, PNP, BFP and the BJMP.

For more information, the public may visit the local ECC office at the ground floor of the QNS Building in Veterans Avenue Extension, or call them at 955-1549. Further information can also be secured from the ECC website at www.ecc.gov.ph. — FPG/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City