The Employees’ Compensation Commission has joined forces with the Local Government Unit of Biliran, Biliran and the Bureau of Fire Protection-Biliran Fire Station in the month-long observance of the Fire Prevention Month. The activity kicked-off with a motorcade around the vicinity of the Municipality of Biliran which was followed by a series of discussions on fire prevention and the Employees’ Compensation Program.

Highlighting fire prevention and fire safety, the Bureau of Fire Protection discussed the importance of fire safety, not only in the workplace but as well as in our homes.

From discussing the basics of fire prevention to the actual presentation of the different fire-fighting equipment available in the market and their proper usage, the fire officers of the Biliran Municipal Fire Station provided a comprehensive and engaging approach in Fire Safety to the staff and personnel of the Local Government Unit of Biliran, Biliran at the Naval State University- Biliran Campus Social Hall.

With the mandates prevention, compensation and rehabilitation, the Employees’ Compensation Commission Information Officer II, Michelle Basal, emphasized that although the Employees’ Compensation Program provides benefits for those who fall victims of work-related contingencies, the Commission still stresses that prevention is always better than cure. She also added that workers should continue to be vigilant in their working environment and that safety should always be a priority.

Nonetheless, workers who have suffered from work-related contingencies may apply for benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program. The benefits include loss of income benefits, carer’s allowance, medical benefits and all other benefits in the event of work-connected sickness, injury or death.

Government sector workers may apply for benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program at the nearest Government Service Insurance System office while those working in private companies may apply for the said benefits with the nearest Social Security System Office.

Likewise, the Employees’ Compensation Commission has established fourteen Regional Extension Units in the different Regional Offices of the Department of Labor and Employment all over the country to assist workers in the facilitation of Employees’ Compensation Program claims with the systems and provide counseling to victims of work-related contingencies and their beneficiaries.