“Public service is a lifetime commitment and there is no point in life at which we can finally say that we have served and that is enough,” said ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis during her opening remarks at the Employees’ Compensation Commission’s (ECC) outreach activity at the Golden Reception and Action Center for the Elderly and other Special Cases (GRACES) on October 8, 2018.

The outreach activity is an annual project of the ECC in line with the Commission’s Employees’ Welfare Program and corporate responsibility. The activity aims to promote the concept of respect and care for the elderly and inter-generations harmony.

“We at the ECC recognizes the invaluable efforts of our elders during their time as active and productive citizens of our country. The help that we are giving them today is nothing compared to the contributions they made for the betterment of our nation,” Banawis added.

During the program, the elders and employees of the ECC enjoyed each other’s company through small talks, dancing and singing of songs that are close to the hearts of our elders.

The ECC donated blankets, groceries, medical and basic supplies such as adult diapers, shavers, underpads, detergent powder, towels, toothbrushes and toothpaste. ECC employees also donated some used clothes.

GRACES is a home for the aged and is being managed and funded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and supported by various partners. It is a residential facility for abandoned, loss, neglected, homeless, and attached or single senior citizens who have no families to stay with. As of this date, the GRACES is home to 187 elderly men and women.