Davao City – Employees’ Compensation Commission XI and GSIS Davao jointly held an orientation on the EC Program in the region on 26 July 2019 at the Activity Center, DOLE XI, Davao City, to boost public sector awareness on the Employees’ Compensation Program.

Fifty-six delegates from 46 government agencies in the region attended the event. DOLE XI Assistant Regional Director Jason Balais stressed in his opening remarks that the seeming unawareness on EC Program of workers in the government is due primarily to the non-reflection of EC contribution in the pay slip as only employers are required to pay for the monthly EC premiums.

The participants were apprised on the Prevention, Compensation and Rehabilitation aspects of the EC Program. Dr. Jose Ray Ramirez, Medical Officer of GSIS Davao, explained the distinctions between the programs of GSIS and ECC along with the procedures in the institution of claims under both agencies.

“This collaborative effort of ECC and GSIS seek to intensify our quest for higher level of awareness on our respective programs in the entire region,” Dr. Ramirez said. He also exhorted the agencies to propagate the information which they have obtained from the activity so that every government worker knows not only their entitlements under GSIS but also under the ECP.

Atty. Suseyline M. Bakino-Abtarul, OIC Public Attorney of PAO XI, expressed her appreciation to the ECC in advancing the welfare of every worker in the private and public sector. She extended her interest to support ECC by inviting its focal person to the various offices of PAO and their stakeholders in the region to discuss the EC Program.

Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis also commended the above ECC-GSIS collaboration and emphasized that, other than the benefits available under EC Program, the ECC gives primordial importance in instilling a culture of safety so as to prevent any work-related contingencies that may adversely affect the life of a worker and his family.