Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, chair of the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), recently announced that there is an Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) for employees and their dependents  who were affected by the recent devastation in Central Visayas brought about by typhoon ‘Yolanda’.

Baldoz encourages those who suffered from injuries, sickness, or death during the performance of their duties during the super typhoon and their beneficiaries to immediately file their EC claims.  Those affected may include the following: AFP, PNP, BJMP and BFP personnel; rescue teams/personnel of the NDRRMC, DSWD, Coast Guard and PAGASA; newscasters and news teams; members of rescue missions; medical teams; public transport employees; relief mission teams; security guards; and kasambahays.

Baldoz added that the EC benefits include, loss of income benefits, medical services, carer’s allowance, rehabilitation services, and death with funeral benefits, which can be claimed from the ECC’s administering agencies- the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for the public sector workers or the Social Security System (SSS) for the private sector employees.

“For inquiries on the Employees’ Compensation Program and other related concerns, please call telephone number 899-4251; or send an email message to ecc_mails@yahoo.com, or check www.ecc.gov.ph said Baldoz.