The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) through Board Resolution No. 18-04-15 on April 11, 2018 approved the retroactive payment of suspended EC death benefits in the public sector for the specific period of April 2006 to July 2012 amounting to about P2.52 billion covering about 28 000 survivorship pensioners.

The ECC Board Resolution approving this payment was based on the actuarial study of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), administering agency of the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) for the public sector, that showed the capacity of the State Insurance Fund (SIF) to finance the retroactive payment of accrued EC death benefits for the said period without adversely affecting its viability and without the need for an increase in EC contribution in the public sector.

The benefit may be claimed by surviving legitimate spouses of the covered members provided that they did not remarry within April 2006 to July 2012 and/or dependent children of the covered members on the condition that they remain single, unemployed, not over 21 years of age or over 21 years of age so long as the dependent child is incapable of self support due to a physical or mental defect which is congenital or acquired within the same period.

“We are working very hard not just to enhance the benefits and services provided under the EC Program but also to aptly deliver these benefits due to our covered members including to their beneficiaries,” said ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis.

The Employees’ Compensation Commission is a government corporation attached to the Department of Labor and Employment for policy coordination and guidance. It was created by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 626, as amended and as embodied in Title II of Book IV of the Labor Code of the Philippines. The ECC is mandated to provide meaningful and appropriate compensation to workers and their dependents in the event of work-related contingencies such as sickness, injury, disability or death.