The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has re-ignited the EC Program advocacy seminars, which commenced in Pampanga this year, in order to launch a stronger and more vigorous information dissemination campaign.
On March 08, 2023, the ECC convened 104 students and employees from the province’s technical and vocational institutes (TVIs) at the Bendix Hotel in San Fernando City for the first advocacy seminar since the Covid19 outbreak began to discuss the ECP, particularly workers’ rights and benefits under the program. Prior to the global health crisis, the ECC hosted at least ten advocacy seminars in ten different regions.
The seminar, which was held in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority’s (TESDA) regional office in Central Luzon and its provincial office in Pampanga, provided 32 students from 16 schools and 72 employees of 49 TVIs with important information about the program to empower them as they play their crucial role in encouraging employment and decent work in the country and abroad.
OIC-Executive Director Jose Maria S. Batino highlighted this role in his message and commended the attendees for taking the step toward fostering awareness of the realities of workplace accidents and illnesses.
“This advocacy seminar provides an opportunity to increase our efforts, strive to pivot our initiatives, and allow information interchange during this period of pandemic-induced workplace issues and as people expect and work toward a recovery that will lead to a robust, viable, and good future,” Director Batino said.
ECC Information and Public Assistance Division Chief Maria Cecilia Maulion introduced the ECC and the Employees’ Compensation Program to the participants, while Information Officer III Jayrezze Canedo explained in details the instances of compensability and the benefits of the EC Program.
To cap the event, ECC Deputy Executive Director Evelyn Ramos led the pledge of commitment to promote a safe and healthy workplace and in bolstering the initiatives for information dissemination.
With renewed drives for an enhanced ECP orientation, the ECC is increasing its partnership with various sectors to reach more people, as part of the country’s effort to develop a workforce of more informed citizens.
D. Lacson – REU 3