Davao City – The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) granted livelihood complementary kits to two persons with work-related disabilities (PWRDs) on April 27, 2022, in recognition of their outstanding feat in sustaining their business provided under the ECC’s Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang may Kapansanan (KaGabay) Program.
Elmer Dansiagan and Norma Abong each received ₱10,000 worth of motor parts and frozen meat products, respectively, as complementary kits when their initial EC livelihood starter kits worth ₱20,000.00 each continue to expand and grow despite the Covid19 pandemic. The grant was anchored on their abilities to bring their previous livelihood starter kits to greater heights warranting sustainability.
“It is of great honor to have been chosen by ECC to receive a complementary kit. I just did my best in growing my motor parts business provided by ECC as livelihood starter kit under the EC KaGabay Program with the sole purpose of providing for the needs of my family despite my work-related disability,” Dansiagan said as he reiterated the contribution of the EC Program to his economic and physical recovery.
Abong expressed her appreciation to ECC for all the assistance she received which kept her going even after her accident at work, “My family would not have survived the crisis brought about by the pandemic had it not for ECC’s KaGabay Program,” she said.
ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis stressed that the EC Program remains steadfast in its quest to provide opportunities for workers with work-related disabilities. “It has been ECC’s solemn duty to bring the persons with work-related disabilities back to the economic mainstream,” she said
Under the ECC’s KaGabay Program, PWRDs may avail restorative devices like prosthesis, physical therapy, skills and business training, and livelihood assistance.
“ECC will always be ready to assist PWRDs, however, everyone needs to observe health and safety measures at all times,” Banawis added.
A. Bantan – REU11