The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), with its mandate to initiate, rationalize, and coordinate the policies of the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP), has recently issued a board resolution prescribing the process cycle time for the processing of Employees Compensation (EC) claims for private sector workers by its administering agency, the Social Security System (SSS).
ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said that the Board Resolution was issued after the ECC and the SSS agreed to strengthen its coordination on the evaluation and processing of EC claims for a more effective and efficient implementation of the ECP.
The ECC and the SSS agreed on the following process cycle time in the evaluation of EC claims as embodied under Board Resolution 15-11-48: For Temporary Total Disability (TTD), 5 working days; Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) and Permanent Total Disability (PTD) claim, 23 working days; EC medical reimbursement, 25 working days; payment for Rehabilitation Services, 12 working days; for Funeral benefit, 5 working days; and for Death Pension, 33 working days.
The counting of the abovementioned process cycle time starts from the day that all required documents are submitted up to the release of benefits.
Furthermore, the ECC and SSS agreed to monitor compliance to the prescribed process cycle time.
“The process cycle time will benefit persons with work-related disabilities (PWRD) through a quicker and definite timetable in the evaluation of their claims,” Banawis added.