The Employees’ Compensation Commission, through its Regional Extension Unit No. 6, has conducted an onsite seminar on the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) in a convergence activity with Social Security System, Home Development Mutual Funds, Department of Labor and Employment and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, to 43 representatives from various departments and organizations of Southern Negros Development Corporation in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental on January 18, 2017.

The ECP was presented as a social protection program to the management, staff and sugar workers under the said company in the event that there is a failure in the observance of basic occupational safety and health standards.

“We would like to make all workers aware that the ECP is an additional social insurance from the three mandatory social insurance programs mandated by law. Under the ECP, workers do not need contribution because it is purely the employer’s legal responsibility. The workers just need to claim it if they are sick or injured by reason of their employment,” said ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis.

Amy Amar, Human Resource Manager of Southern Negros Development Corporation, affirmed the importance of the ECP for their workers. “We are thankful to ECC for coming here on this advocacy despite the distance of our company. We will surely get in touch with the ECC regarding our ECP related concerns,” said Amar.

The ECC is a government owned and controlled corporation mandated to provide private and public workers a package of benefits in the event of work-related sickness, injury or death.