The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) and the University of Perpetual Help Medical Center (UPHMC) in Binan, Laguna signed a memorandum to provide rehabilitation services to persons with work-related disabilities (PWRDs) through hospital partnership on March 8, 2018.

The partnership was spearheaded by ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis and Work Contingency Prevention and Rehabilitation Division (WCPRD) Chief Dr. Melba Sacro, together with UPHMC-Binan representatives Dr. Victor L. Tamayo, Maria Consorcia L. Tamayo, Dr. Anna Sofia Victoria S. Fajardo, Dr. Adrien R. Quidlat, Dr. Ananias S. Gilbuena Jr., and Ms. Herminia S. Lagliva.

Director Banawis said that, “This initiative is a product of the EC rehabilitation program which basically aims to provide free and accessible physical restoration services to nearby PWRDs in Region 4A and NCR”.

“This partnership plays an important role for the reintegration of PWRDs to the mainstream and help them become productive members of the society”, she added.

Banawis explains that, as part of their benefits under the EC Program, PWRDs are provided with rehabilitation services through these ECC-partner hospitals. They are also entitled to receive transportation and meal allowance, which was recently increased from P250 to P500 a day, to further assist and encourage them to complete their therapy sessions.

She also shared that the PWRDs may also avail of the livelihood grant in the amount ranging from P10,000 to P20,000-P30,000.

ECC Regional Extension Unit-4A has already partnered with 11 hospitals in the region and is continually aiming to collaborate with more hospitals in order to deliver efficient EC services to the PWRDs.

To date, ECC-4A facilitates PWRDs rehabilitation services with these partner hospitals: Calamba Medical Doctors, Los Banos Doctors Hospital, The Medical City South Luzon, Community General Hospital of San Pablo Inc., Laguna Holy Family Hospital, Divine GraceMedical Center, N.L Villa Medical Center, Daniel Mercado Medical Center, Mary Mediatrix Medical Center, St. Patrick’s Hospital Medical Center, and Lucena United Doctors Hospital and Medical Center.

Dr.Victor Tamayo, UPHMC Treasurer, expressed his gratitude and happiness to be one of the ECC’s partners in delivering the programs and services of the EC Program to the Filipino workers.

ECC and UPHMC envision the success of this partnership and hope that the PWRDs will be able to retain their jobs or increase the return to work rates after the availment of these rehabilitation services.

Banawis encourages hospitals nationwide especially with psychosocial, physical and occupational therapy facilities to partner with ECC in providing services to Filipino workers who met work-related contingencies.