The Employees’ Compensation Commission Regional Extension Unit 8 has recently partnered with the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army for a more extensive info campaign on the Employees’ Compensation Program among uniformed personnel.

Through the assistance of Lieutenant Colonel Roy T Nuez of G1, 8ID, Philippine Army, around twenty six (26) liaison officers of the twenty three (23) army battalions and companies in Region 8 had the opportunity to attend a web-based seminar on the Employees’ Compensation Program. The said webinar focused on the discussions on loss of income benefits, medical benefits, carer’s allowance, rehabilitations services and all other benefits available to worker who suffers from work-related sickness, injuries or death.

During the discussions, Information Officer II Michelle C. Basal of the Employees’ Compensation Commission Regional Extension Unit 8 highlighted that on top of all the benefits previously mentioned, all uniformed personnel who are considered as wounded-in-action or killed in action may avail of the additional cash assistance program from ten thousand (P10,000.00) to fifteen thousand pesos (P15,000.00).

It was further stressed that in the event a uniformed personnel, considered as a frontliner in the battle against the spread of COVID-19 contracts the dreaded disease while on duty, may likewise avail of the cash assistance program amounting to ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00) for the said illness and fifteen thousand pesos (P15,000.00) if the said personnel died of COVID-19.

“We appreciate the efforts of the ECC as well as the Department of Labor and Employment in facilitating the conduct of the webinar”, Lieutenant Colonel Nuez said during his closing message. “ Rest assured that we will make sure to inform the members of the Philippine Army of the very important information you have given us today.”

“We thank the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, through the leadership of Major General Pio Q. Diñoso III,  for actively heeding our request for the conduct of info campaign among uniformed personnel in Eastern Visayas”, ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis shared. “ Although our mobility is currently greatly affected by varying quarantine protocols all over the country, the Employees’ Compensation Commission family is still actively conducting awareness campaigns to different stakeholders. All Regional Extension Units have shifted to blended trainings and seminars to ensure that despite the government’s mandate on social distancing, there is continued delivery of services among clients and beneficiaries under the ECP. In fact we have recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to institutionalize our partnership and at the same time strengthen and expand the info campaign program of ECC among uniformed personnel.”, Director Banawis  further underlined.

-Mitch Basal