The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) recently announced that a total of 27, 072 EC pensioners have received financial assistance amounting to ₱541,440,000.00 from the time of its initial roll out in June 2021.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Administrative Order No. 39 on April 19, 2021, which authorized ECC to release ₱20,000.00 financial assistance to each qualified EC pensioner both in the private and public sectors.

The one-time financial assistance of ₱20,000.00 each was released by SSS and GSIS, both implementing agencies for the EC Program. These were automatically credited to the pensioners’ accounts or granted through check, on top of their EC monthly pension.

Qualified recipients are those EC pensioners in the public and private sectors with at least one month of permanent partial disability (PPD), permanent total disability (PTD), or survivorship pension from January 1, 2021, to May 31, 2021.

ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said, “ECC considered our EC pensioners in the provision of assistance as they have also been affected by the covid19 pandemic because of their vulnerabilities and the prolonged economic impact brought by the pandemic.

Our PWRDs and their families need the helping hand that ECC had been extending these past years. We also reiterate the importance of maintaining safety and health protocols in our workplaces and in our homes to prevent the spread of covid19,” Director Banawis added.

S. Barredo – REU6