(Left photo) RTWPB IV-A Labor Information Officer Gener Rivera discusses the processes involved in business management to PWRDS during the small business management training organized by ECC in REU IV-A. (Right photo) ECC REU IV-A Administrative Officer Jeruz Castillo (extreme left) awards cash assistance checks to 3 workers who suffered from work-related contingencies on March 17, 2023 at Milan Prestige Bldg, Calamba, Laguna.

In celebration of the Employees’ Compensation Commission’s (ECC) 48th founding anniversary, the ECC Regional Extension Unit (REU) IV-A awarded ₱10,000.00 EC cash assistance each to three qualified workers and conducted a small business management training entitled “Start your Own Business Enterprise and Productivity Improvement Training” for twelve persons with work-related disabilities (PWRDs) on March 15, 2023 at Milan Prestige Bldg., Calamba, Laguna.

The training aimed to equip the PWRDs with basic knowledge on how they could effectively manage and sustain the viability of their current or potential livelihood/businesses. Gener Rivera, Labor and Information Officer of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards IV-A (RTWPB 4A) discussed the processes involved in starting or doing a small business such as organization, marketing, pricing, stock control, and bookkeeping, among others.

The PWRDs were later briefed on the succeeding steps for them to qualify for the ₱20,000.00 livelihood starter kit from the ECC, a benefit granted to PWRDs who are deemed unable to return to employment due to a work-related contingency.

Aside from the free training and cash assistance, some of the PWRDs already received other services under the ECC’s Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang may Kapansanan (KaGabay) Program such as free medical consultations, physical therapy, and prosthesis in addition to the EC sickness benefit they filed at the Social Security System (SSS).


J. Romasanta – REU4A