The Employees’ Compensation Commission, in close coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment Region 2, will hold an Employees’ Compensation Program Advocacy Seminar for the first time in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya on 30 August 2018, at the HighLander Hotel and Resort from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

The one-day EC Program Advocacy Seminar is free of charge which will be attended by more than 120 human resource officers, employers and labor union representatives. The participants will come from different private establishments and government agencies including uniformed personnel from the Philippine National Police in nearby areas in Cagayan Valley region.

It will also be an excellent venue to update the media practitioners in Cagayan Valley on the recent increase of the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) benefits on a press briefing slated on August 2018 to be held at the same hotel.

Executive Order No. 54 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on May 8, 2018 increased the EC Temporary Total Disability (TTD), Permanent Partial Disability (PPD), Permanent Total Disability (PTD) benefits, carer’s allowance and reimbursement rates for professional fees of physicians and physical therapy sessions of persons with work-related disabilities (PWRDs).

ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said that, “One of ECC’s challenges that we are addressing is the need to enhance benefits under the ECP. We have noticed that the benefits provided are no longer responsive to the needs of our persons with work-related disabilities (PWRDs), thus, making enhancement of benefits one of our top priorities.”

Prevention, compensation and rehabilitation services are the three EC Program components to be discussed on the seminar. The said seminar will also tackle  the recent program reforms of ECC anchored on the  “3Es”- Equalize, Enhance and Expand strategy  in response to the challenges facing the EC Program. These components play a major role in effectively and efficiently delivering a comprehensive package of services and benefits to workers who suffer from work connected illness, injury or death.