The Employees’ Compensation Commission, an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment, will soon open additional ECC Regional Extension units (ECC-REUs) in various regions in the country, to extend its programs and services nationwide.

This undertaking is pursuant to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz’s directive to stretch the arms of social protection programs to reach the far-flung areas of the country, and make it available to our workers who reside in different regions.

Recently, the vacant positions for Information Officer II and Administrative Officer II have been published, and the ECC has commenced the selection process for new personnel to man the Regional Extension Units that will soon be in operation.

The two new personnel in each extension office will work closely with the DOLE Regional Offices where they will also establish offices. Their main tasks are to strengthen the EC Program information dissemination through lectures and seminar, attend to EC concerns of the region, provide assistance to claimants of EC cases, introduce and facilitate the KaGaBay program which includes rehabilitation services and livelihood training for the occupationally disabled workers, and serve as ECC Quick Response Team, to visit sites where a work-related contingency occurred.

The new Regional Extension units that will be opened are in San Fernando City, La Union; Tuguegarao City; San Fernando City, Pampanga;  Calapan City, Mindoro; Legazpi City; Iloilo City; Tacloban City; Davao City;  and Butuan City.

Once these additional extension units operate full-swing, the public can now refer any EC matter in their respective regions with convenience and immediate attention.

Currently, the ECC has existing regional extension units at Baguio City, Cebu City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City and Koronadal City.