Workers of the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) joined more than 10,000 participants that set a new Guinness World Record in forming a giant woman’s symbol at the Quirino Grandstand at Luneta Park in Manila last Saturday, a senior ECC official said.

ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said the agency has been a strong advocate of women empowerment because 72 percent of its workforce are women, including five division chiefs.

“ECC strongly believes that women empowerment is equivalent to national empowerment. Women’s advancement leads to better quality of life for families and communities and a more stable and just society,” Zipagan-Banawis said.

The Luneta event was part of the Women’s Month celebration. This year’s theme was “Juana, ang tatag mo ay tatag nating lahat sa pagbangon at pagsulong.”

Since ECC’s 39th founding anniversary on March 17, 2014 falls during the celebration of Women’s Month, the ECC has lined up the following activities to commemorate its twin celebration, thus: Anniversary celebration; in-house seminar for security agencies; launching of the Biggest Looser Competition for employees; Emergency Preparedness Orientation with Philvocs; and Film Showing depicting women empowerment.

The key women officers of ECC include Chairperson of the Board, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz; Executive Director Stella Banawis; Information and Public Assistance Division Chief Ma. Cecilia Maulion; Work Contingency Prevention and Rehabilitation Division Chief, Dr. Melba Sacro; Policy Programs System and Management Division Chief, Aurora Quilandrino; Finance Division Chief, Maria Teresa Urbano; and Administrative Division Chief,Maribel Oliveros.