At least 12,000 employees’ compensation (EC) pensioners in the public sector will receive the one-time financial assistance of Php 20,000 from the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) starting this June 2021.

The ECC is allotting more than Php 252 million to the one-time financial assistance entitled to all active EC pensioners in the public sector with at least one month permanent partial disability (PPD), permanent total disability (PTD), or survivorship pension anytime during the prescribed period of January 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. This is in compliance with Administrative Order No. 39, series of 2021, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last April 19 which authorized the granting of a one-time financial assistance of Php 20,000 to EC pensioners.

According to ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis, qualified EC pensioners in the public sector will no longer need to apply for the financial assistance. The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), the administering agency of the ECC in the public sector, will process it in the same manner as the processing of pensions.

“Our EC pensioners have suffered from work-related permanent partial or total disability and the CoViD-19 pandemic has added to their burden as they face undue financial hardships. The same can be said to the survivors of those who died due to work-related contingencies. The one-time financial assistance is the Commission’s support to our EC pensioners in the public sector during this pandemic,” Director Banawis said.

The Php 20,000 financial assistance will be granted to the EC pensioner on a one-time basis regardless of the number or type of his or her approved EC PPD, PTD, or survivorship pension. In case of death of the EC pensioner during the prescribed period of January 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021, the financial assistance will be given to his or her beneficiary.

 

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