The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), through its regional officers in Zamboanga Peninsula, conducted a series of on-site lectures to the teaching staff of the various departments (College, Senior High and Junior High Faculty) of the only autonomous university in Region 9, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) during the first semester of 2020.

These activities led to the awareness of the 283 workforce of the ADZU on the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP). Highlights of the discussion delved mainly on the ECP benefits like, loss of income benefits, medical benefits, death benefits and rehabilitation services, which the employee or his/her beneficiaries may avail in the event of work-related sickness or injury which resulted to disability or death.

During the said lectures, employees of the said university raised some concerns and questions about the ECP which were answered by ECC’s regional officers. They clarified their thoughts on the program and made them appreciate the efforts of the ECC to provide social protection to the Filipino workers not only in the peninsula but in the entire country.

“Other schedules for the same orientation are being finalized to also inform the non-teaching employees of ADZU to ensure that everyone working in the institution are aware of their rights and benefits under the ECP,” ECC Regional Extension 9 Information officer Cerna Ahmad-Ayub said.

ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said, “With the current pandemic, all ECC REU’s will have to resort to blended training to ensure that despite the government’s mandate on social distancing, there is  unhampered delivery of services among clients and beneficiaries under the ECP.”

ECC is a government agency mandated to provide meaningful and appropriate compensation to workers in the event of work-related contingencies. It is a government corporation attached to the Department of Labor and Employment.