EC Cash Assistance – EC beneficiaries receive cash assistance from ECC Regional Extension 12 Officers and DOLE 12 Assistant Regional Director Arlene Bisnon (far left, first photo).

KORONADAL CITY – The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) granted a total of ₱95, 000.00 cash assistance to eight (8) personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who were wounded-in-action (WIA) and one (1) beneficiary of a killed-in-action (KIA) AFP uniformed personnel in Region 12.

The recipients include Private first class (Pfc.) Loney Sevillo, Pfc. Jay-ar Embangan, Pfc. Khier Hyler Mosquera, Pfc. Angel Rey Migue, Pfc. Ronnie Bucana, Pfc. Ardel John Cajara, Pfc. John Rey Amistas, and Pfc. Van Rhuzzin Nohi of 57IB, 6ID, Philippine Army (PA). They were injured during a military operation in July 2020 at Brgy. Inaladan, Maguindanao.

Beverly Bustamante, surviving spouse of the late Sgt. John Eric Bustamante, received ₱15, 000.00 EC cash assistance. Sgt. Bustamante was killed during an encounter with the Abu Sayaf Group (ASG) in June 2020 at Brgy. Kan-Ague, Patikul, Sulu. Aside from the cash benefit, Bustamante may also file for EC survivorship pension with funeral benefits through the GSIS.

“Laking pasasalamat ko po na nabigyan ako ng cash assistance ng ECC, dagdag capital din po ito sa gusto kong simulan na negosyo. Malaking tulong po ito sa amin ng anak ko,” said Bustamante.

Uniformed personnel who were wounded in action (WIA) and beneficiaries of uniformed personnel who were killed in action (KIA) are entitled to benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP). Aside from the cash assistance of ₱10,000.00 for WIA and ₱15,000.00 for qualified beneficiaries of KIA, the latter would receive also funeral benefit in the amount of ₱30,000.00 and a monthly survivorship pension from ECC through the GSIS. The GSIS and the SSS are the administering agencies of ECP for the public and private sector, respectively.

ECC-REU 12 also intensifies its information dissemination to wounded or killed PNP and AFP personnel in coordination with the Regional Working Group (RWG) for the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) which is being spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 12. Through the CSBP, ECC aims to reach the uniformed personnel in Region 12, including some areas of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), such as Maguindanao and Cotabato City.

The Employees Compensation Program provides compensation to workers in the event of work-connected sickness or injuries which resulted to disability or death. EC claims may be filed in the SSS for the private sector and in the GSIS for the public sector.

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