ECC amplifies efforts to increase ECP awareness in Eastern Visayas

The Employees’ Compensation Commission recently met with the representatives of different cooperatives in Region 8 in an effort to heighten the awareness of their members about the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP).

In partnership with the Cooperative Development Authority, the National Conciliation and Mediation Board and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, the event was able to gather 61 participants from 36 cooperatives in Eastern Visayas.

 The synergy among the said three attached agencies of the Department of Labor and Employment promoted a lively and dynamic discourse between the speakers and the participants. Topics discussed during the event included Labor and Management Cooperation, Productivity and the ECP.

During the discussion on the ECP, ECC REU 8 Regional Officer Mitch Basal emphasized the importance of maintaining an EC logbook as it is required by the law under PD 626, as amended. Entries in the logbook must be in chronological order and should include the name of the employee, date and place of the contingency, and the number of days the employee was unable to report for work.

“The National Conciliation and Mediation Board is constantly working with other government agencies in the conduct of convergence seminars concerning our workers and employers. The ECC, for the longest time now, has been one of our active partners in the Region,” said NCMB Regional Director Gemma Poloyapoy.

 

Want to know more about the Employees’ Compensation Program? Email ECC at ecc.ipad2012@gmail.com or call 899-4251 local 227 for free on-site seminars.

End./Mitch Basal

ECCs Arm Amputee Beneficiary Gets a Shot to Regular Employment

CALAMBA, LAGUNA – The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) recently received good news on the regularization of Reymart Aguilar, an ECC beneficiary, at the Mi Department Store (subsidiary to Expressions Company).

Aguilar, 28 years old, started on October 26, 2017 as a utility staff on a probationary status at the Mi Department Store. The management recognized the passion and enthusiasm he exudes at work, thus, made him a regular employee of the company.

In 2016, Aguilar was a victim of a workplace accident at his previous employment when the machine he was operating captured the safety glove he was wearing which, consequently, severed his left arm.

“Matagal ako bago nakarecover sa aksidente ko, dahil madaming mga bagay ang hindi ko na magawa simula nung nawala ang braso ko. Hindi ako nag-aapply dahil iniisip kong hindi nila ako tatanggapin,” Aguilar said.

“This is the very reason why ECC exists. We are here to bridge the gap. We are here to assist persons with work-related disabilities (PWRDs) and their families to recover from physical, emotional and economic pain after suffering from a work-related contingency,” said ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis.

Aguilar is an active officer of the Occupationally Disabled Workers Association of the Philippines, Inc. – CALABARZON Chapter. On June 30, 2017, ECC granted him artificial below-elbow prosthesis.

“Sobrang saya ko nung nabigyan ako ng ECC ng braso. Kaya sinabi ko kaagad sa sarili ko na babalik na ako sa pagtatrabaho. Sa tulong din ECC nakapag-apply ako sa company na hindi tiningnan ang aking kapansanan, bagkus mas pinahalagahan ang aking kakayahan,” Aguilar added.

Banawis also said that part of ECC’s continuous efforts and in line with the DOLE’s 8-point agenda of the Duterte Administration, ECC continuously strive to further improve its services in facilitating PWRDs employment.

ECC is an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) whose flagship program is designed to provide package of benefits to employees who met work-related sickness, injury, or death.

 

End./Ruby Fajardo

Injured midwife in Biliran receives EC benefits

A seemingly ordinary day has turned into a tragedy for midwife Eliza Mendoza when she tripped on a loose pebble while on her way back to the Rural Health Unit of Naval, Biliran in August 2017.

The accident caused her to sustain severe injuries on her kneecaps that needed medical attention. Because of the mishap, she was unable to report to work for more than eight months, thus, losing her monthly income.

In March 2018, Mendoza received information about the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) from one of her colleagues in the Local Government Unit of Naval through the Public Employment Services Office (PESO). She then visited the Regional office of the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) and sought assistance in filing and claiming for her benefits.

Last May 2018, the ECC granted Mendoza a total of fifty-two thousand pesos (P52,000.00) worth of EC benefits, twenty three thousand eight hundred pesos (P23,800.00) of which was for her daily income benefit under the temporary total disability and the remaining twenty eight thousand nine hundred twenty four pesos (P28,924.00) was for her medical reimbursements.

On top of the monetary benefits, Mendoza may also claim free rehabilitation services including therapy sessions in any of the five ECC partner hospitals and rehabilitation clinics in Ormoc City, Municipality of Naval, Tacloban City, Maasin City, and Calbayog City.

Under the ECP, workers from both the public and private sector are entitled to avail EC benefits and services in the event of a work-connected sickness, injury or death. Benefits provided include loss of income, medical, death and funeral benefits, carer’s allowance, and rehabilitation services.

“We have strengthened our presence in the regions thru the establishment of our REUs to bring ECC’s services and programs closer to all Filipino workers. Rest assured that we will continue to implement projects that are relevant to the needs of our persons with work-related disabilities (PWRDs),” said ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis.

 

Want to know more about the Employees’ Compensation Program? Email ECC at ecc.ipad2012@gmail.com or call 899-4251 local 227 for free on-site seminars.

 

End./Mitch Basal