Positive results from rapid antigen test on Covid19 issued by DOH accredited testing facilities for Covid19 in the filing of Employees’ Compensation claims at the Social Security System (SSS) and in the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said, “We seek all ways possible that will help expedite the processing of EC claims and make the process easier for our workers in claiming benefits under the EC Program. It is the ECC’s commitment to deliver a responsive, effective, and efficient program to workers who meet work-related sickness, injury, or death especially in this time of pandemic.”
Covid19 has been listed under the ECC List of Occupational and Work-Related Diseases following the approval of Board Resolution No. 21-04-14 which provides the compensability of Covid19 under Annex A of the Amended Rules on Employees’ Compensation. Workers who contracted work-related Covid19 may file and claim benefits such as EC sickness and EC medical reimbursement. In case of work-related death due to Covid19, the worker’s eligible beneficiaries may file EC Death with funeral benefits at the SSS or GSIS. The SSS and GSIS are ECC’s administering agencies for the processing of EC claims for the private and public sectors, respectively.
The ECC also passed Board Resolution No. 20-03-07 in March 2020 directing the SSS and the GSIS to streamline the processing of EC claims of workers for diseases that were acquired in the line of duty during outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics.
“The ECC will continue to formulate policies and come up with guidelines for the improvement of the EC Program and exhaust efforts to ensure that our workers are provided with adequate and prompt assistance in the event of work-related contingencies,” Director Banawis said.
D. Lacson – REU3