Stella Z. Banawis is the first female executive director and chief executive officer of the Employees’ Compensation Commission. She is the 7th executive director of the ECC since its inception in 1975. “Ma’am Stella” as she is fondly called by her staff, was born on May 6, 1962 in Cabagan, Isabela. She spent her childhood at her birthplace where she attended her primary and secondary education.

Director Stella started her government service a year after her college graduation at the University of the Philippines- Diliman Campus, with the degree of AB Economics, in 1983.

She began her career in public service at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration as an Overseas Employment Officer at the Market Development Department, to becoming a Deputy Administrator in the Licensing and Adjudication Office.

ECC employees intimated that Director Stella is very approachable, such that they can easily bring to her any concerns relative to official duties without any hesitation. They added that she is a friendly boss, a soft-spoken person, considerate, and a good listener. An ECC employee opined that Ma’am Stella is very ‘motherly’, considering the fact that a lot of her officemates are her senior.

Nevertheless, when it comes to official performance, she is a go-getter, a persistent motivator, and a firm leader. These are some of her attributes honed at the National Defense College of the Philippines when she had her Masters in National Security Administration.

She also attended numerous trainings, seminars, and workshops, both local and overseas.

Noteworthy are her citations as an outstanding employee of the POEA in 1990, as an outstanding Alumnus of the National Defense College of the Philippines in 2009, among others.

She is focused on strengthening the mission of ECC in promoting a safety environment in every workplace; in intensifying the ECP information dissemination drive; in developing innovative policies and programs which directly addresses the concerns of workers with work-related contingencies; in uplifting the benefits provided to ODWs and their beneficiaries; in widening the areas of rehabilitation for the ODWs; and in safeguarding the integrity of the State Insurance Fund.