The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) recently presented the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) to the Public Information Officers (PIOs) from various Local Government Units (LGUs) in Iloilo and Guimaras Provinces during the semestral meeting of the Iloilo-Guimaras Information Officers Association, a group supervised by the Philippine Information Agency-Region 6.

The session provided an opportunity to shed light on the ECC’s mandate and programs, while also emphasizing the vital connection between LGUs and the Commission.  One of the key points delivered was the assurance that local government employees, who are members of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), are unequivocally covered as well by the EC Program. The event provided a platform for open dialogue between ECC representatives and PIOs from various LGUs which emphasized the paramount importance of LGUs’ collaboration with the ECC in ensuring that government employees, regardless of their status, receive the benefits they deserve in cases of work-related accidents, illness, or death. The interactive session allowed PIOs to gain a deeper understanding of the ECC’s services and how they can facilitate the claims process for employees within their respective LGUs.

ECC Executive Director Kaima Via B. Velasquez said, “We are extending our partnership, with the help of the Philippine Information Agency headed by Regional Director Cheryl B. Amor, to strengthen the bond between LGUs and the ECC. Our programs are designed to protect and support all government employees, including those working at the local level. Thru our Public Information Officers in every municipality in Iloilo and Guimaras, we want to reassure every public servant that they are indeed covered by the EC Program.

The ECC’s mandate includes providing compensation and assistance to government employees who suffered work-related injuries, illnesses, or death. This vital support is crucial for the well-being and peace of mind of government workers and their families. Cognizant of the fact that many LGU employees may not have been fully aware of their coverage under the EC Program, the ECC’s outreach efforts aim to bridge this knowledge gap.

S. Barredo – REU 6