Eight beneficiaries of the road accident involving 17 employees of the Franklin Baker, a coconut desiccating and processing plant in Davao del Sur last 3 June 2018 received additional EC cash assistance amounting to Php15, 000 pesos each during the conduct of the ECP Press Conference at the Marco Polo Hotel on 25 September 2018.

Gina  L. Tusan, Albina  P. Sanico, Jocelyn B  Itchon, Lolita  B. Cabal, Jaylord B. Itchon, Lope G.  Regino Jr., Melba  S. Dadong and Aiza L. Puna, beneficiaries of the victims personally received the cash assistance in addition to the P30,000 EC funeral benefit and survivorship pension they have earlier availed.

The opening remarks of ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis at the press conference stressed that the ECC will always be ready to extend assistance to all employees including their beneficiaries in the event of a work-connected contingency.

“The benefits under the EC Program are nothing compared to the losses experienced by the families and victims of these kind of accidents. We sympathize with them and we hope that the cash assistance we granted them today would somehow alleviate the grief over the loss of their loved ones,” Banawis added.

The ECC also granted Php15, 000 worth of cash assistance to PFC Jay-ar  V. Necesito and PFC Francislien  A. Taban, both uniformed personnel who were wounded in action during the Marawi siege. Moreover, Vito M. Catad and Adrian Paul A. Aquino, maintenance personnel and company driver respectively, were granted Php10, 000 cash assistance each in addition to their EC disability benefits.

Along with the awarding of the cash assistance was the presentation of the two recipients of prostheses provided by the ECC. Joshua Bunhayag received a below elbow functional prosthesis worth Php168,000 while Lenny Abarquez received a silicon thumb worth Php119,000.

In his appreciation speech, Bunhayag recounted that the Employees’ Compensation Program granted him free physical therapy, livelihood assistance in the form of hog raising and prosthesis which are all in addition to the monetary benefits that he availed under the EC Program.

“I am very much grateful to the ECC for all the assistance they have given me. Despite the disability I acquired, I still feel complete and happy. I’ll do my best to make the livelihood assistance granted to me a success,” Bunhayag said.


Want to know more about the Employees’ Compensation Program? Email ECC at [email protected] or call 899-4251 local 227 for free on-site seminars.


End./Albert Bantan