A total of 119 human resource officers, company representatives, employees from the local government units, and uniformed personnel participated on the 0Employees’ Compensation Program Advocacy Seminar held at Hotel Micah, Kidapawan City, North Cotabato on October 16, 2019.

Program partners from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XII, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and Social Security System (SSS) were also present in the activity.

“Ang ECP ay napakagandang programa sapagkat ito ay nakakatulong sa mga empleyadong nagkasakit o napinsala nang dahil sa trabaho na punan kahit papaano ang kanilang mga gastusin sa pagpapagamot lalo na sa amin na masyadong delikado ang trabaho. Mabuti din po na maliban sa mga benepisyo na makukuha ay meron pang karagdagang tulong para sa amin at sa aming pamilya mula sa gobyerno sa pamamagitan ng Employees’ Compensation Commission,” said PO1 Shanee Maguate of Cotabato Police Provincial Office, who was one of the participants who heard about ECP for the first time.

The seminar aimed to inform and heighten the awareness of workers in North Cotabato of their rights, benefits and privileges under the ECP. Among the topics discussed were the three components of the EC Program, specifically, the prevention, compensation and rehabilitation services. The recent EC Program reforms which anchored on the “3Es” – Equalize, Enhance and Expand strategies, in response to the challenges facing the EC Program were also emphasized in the seminar.

On October 15, 2019, the ECC team led by Deputy Executive Director Jonathan T. Villasoto discussed the ECP and the purpose of the ECP Advocacy Seminar through live radio interviews over DXND-Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation (NDBC) and Brigada News FM Kidapawan City. He also shared that ECC visits provinces nationwide not only to inform workers on the work-related benefits and services but also to remind everyone the importance of safety and health in the workplace.

“It is such a privilege to be part of this seminar. Come to think of it, ECC officers came all the way from Manila to reach out to workers who still haven’t got the idea of what ECC is. It’s also very good to have the Division Chief, and even the Deputy Executive Director made himself available to answer questions on the EC Program. They discussed the EC Program clearly to us,” said Chrisette Joy E. Ronquillo, HR Analyst of Energy Development Corporation.

Employees’ Compensation Commission is an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment mandated by law to provide meaningful and appropriate compensation benefits and services to workers in the event of work-related contingencies.

End/Kaye Daga – REU XII