In another landmark activity, the Employees’ Compensation Commission has joined the DOLE Regional Coordinating Council in a collaborative meeting with the league of governors of Eastern Visayas.

During the meeting, ECC REU8 Information Officer II Miss Michelle C. Basal presented the benefits that workers may avail of under the Employees’ Compensation Program which include loss of income benefit, medical benefits, rehabilitation services, livelihood assistance and all other benefits in the event of work-connected sickness, injury or death.

Present in the virtual meeting were the Provincial Chief Executives of the provinces of Leyte, Samar and Biliran namely Governor Dominic L. Petilla of the Province of Leyte, Governor Damian G. Mercado of the

Province of Southern Leyte, Governor Rogelio J. Espina of the Province of Biliran, Governor Ben P. Evardone represented by the Provincial Administrator of Eastern Samar and Governor Edwin Ongchuan of the Provincial Government of Northern Samar.

Under Presidential Decree 626, as amended, workers from both the private sector and government sector may avail of the aforementioned benefits through the ECP administering agencies, the Social Security System or the Government Service Insurance System, whichever is applicable.

“These collaborative meetings with the different local government units in Eastern Visayas have been primarily organized to synchronize the programs of the Department of Labor and Employment and its attached agencies to foster a more inclusive and unified delivery of services of the whole DOLE family,” DOLE RD Yahya A. Centi said during his opening remarks. “It is our desire to meet with the forerunners of our provinces, cities and municipalities to be able to accurately assess the needs of our stakeholders at the grassroots level.”

“We are glad that DOLE, as our mother agency, has continuously involved our officers in the regions in its advocacy programs,” ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said. “Being able to meet and promote the Employees’ Compensation Program to local chief executives is a major boost in our efforts to inform the general public of ECC’s projects and programs,” Banawis added.


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