Employees’ Compensation Commission-Regional Extension Unit No. 6 is teaming up with the Iloilo’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) officers to further build the public’s awareness on the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP).
“Convergence with other stakeholders is crucial to aid the sound delivery of services to the clients in the far-flung areas,” Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said.
“We see the PESO managers as an excellent partner in spreading consciousness and understanding of the benefits and services that a worker who met a work-related accident, injury, or illness can avail of under the ECP,” ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said.
She further said that for this year, ECC-REU No. 6 will conduct a series of province-wide seminars which will be participated in by PESO officers zeroing in on prevention, compensation, and rehabilitation components of the ECP and on what and who to refer for assistance under the program.
Furthermore, the PESO officers, with their close working relationship with the establishments, businesses, and offices in the area will also be tapped as the Commission’s partner on the implementation of its Quick Response Program (QRP).
“Under the QRP, a team from the ECC will extend assistance to workers and/or their families in the form of psychosocial counseling and in the filing of EC claims, as soon as a work-related contingency occur,” Banawis explained.
The ECC, an attached agency of the DOLE mandated by law to provide meaningful and appropriate compensation to workers in the event of work-related contingencies, works in coordination with the DOLE regional offices for the continuous conduct of ECP lectures throughout the region as part of its advocacy campaign.
Banawis stressed that the ECC has reinforced its regional presence to ensure the prompt delivery of services to all workers.