Palo, Leyte. In the famous words of General Douglas MacArthur, Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) “returns” to historic Palo, Leyte, this time for the conduct of a two-day advocacy Seminar on the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP).

Held at The Oriental, Leyte, personnel from the ECC Information and Public Assistance Division, conducted an immersive discussion on the Employees’ Compensation Program and the benefits and services that employees may avail in the event of work-related illnesses, injuries or death.

The two-day advocacy seminars focused on the salient provisions of PD 626 or the Employees’ Compensation Commission and the State Insurance Fund. Under the ECP, employees, both from the private and the government sector may avail of loss of income benefits, medical benefits, carer’s allowance, rehabilitation services and various other related benefits and services.

The first day of the activity formally opened with a welcome message from DOLE Assistant Regional Director Norman L. Uyvico who highlighted the significance of the ECP in the field of health and safety. ARD Uyvico stated that the advocacy seminar will hopefully be a precursor to more participation of both the public and private sector in increasing awareness on the ECP.
Palo Liga ng mga Barangay President Gregorio Papoose Lantajo opened the ECP advocacy seminar on the second day. He also brought several Punong Barangays to attend the activity. He acknowledged the benefits of being a member of SSS and ECP, and vowed to include in the agenda of their meeting, the registration of barangay personnel as self-employed members of the SSS.

On top of all the efforts of our Regional Extension Unit officers to bolster awareness on the Employees’ Compensation Program, our team from the ECC Head Office through the Information and Public Assistance Division are regularly conducting advocacy seminars all over the Philippines“, ECC Executive Director Atty. Kaima Via B. Velasquez shared. “As our mandate includes continual improvement on the implementation of the ECP, we make it a point to go down to the grassroots level to also familiarize ourselves with the common concerns of our everyday Filipino working man”.

Our dynamic and responsive regional extension unit officers are likewise constantly conducting lectures and trainings. Our Regional Extension Units are strategically located in different regions all over the Philippines and any company, organization or stakeholder may simply coordinate with our staff for orientation and other concerns”, ED Velasquez added.


M. Basal – REU 8