SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 – The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) bagged the strategic communication award at the 35th ASEAN Social Security Association (ASSA) conference and board meeting in Nha Trang, the resort city of Khanh Hoa Province in Vietnam.

With the theme, “Challenges and Opportunities of ASEAN social security institutions in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution and Free Flow of Labour”, the event aims to gather all social institutions across South East Asia to promote regional cooperation in all areas of social security activities and it aspires to harness and maximize all efforts to achieve progressive and sustainable social security protection within the region. The event also coincides with the celebration of the 20th year of the ASSA’s establishment.

The ECC, represented by ECC Chairperson-Alternate and DOLE Undersecretary Jacinto V. Paras and ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis received the award from Dr. Suradej Waleeitikul, ASSA Chairman.

The award is in recognition of the ECC’s commendable efforts in keeping all Filipino workers informed of their rights, benefits and privileges under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) thru an intensive and innovative information campaign.

“The ECC will continue to step up its program implementation and awareness campaign to reach and assist more Filipino workers thru instituting a rock solid multimedia strategy. This award will serve as a reminder for us to continually serve the public with utmost sincerity and efficiency,” said Executive Director Banawis after receiving the award.

The event was also attended by other ASSA member-institutions from the Philippines namely, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.

The ASSA was established in 1998 following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement in Bangkok, Thailand on February 1998 involving heads of social security institutions from five countries – the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. It was formed to set-up regional cooperation for social security development, to provide a forum for member institutions to exchange views and experiences on social security issues. The ASSA has been the premier association for regional social security cooperation in the ASEAN region. As of today, the ASSA has 20 member institutions from 10 ASEAN countries.