SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) will strengthen its information awareness campaign on the Commission’s programs and benefits as the newly hired information officer assumed office in the ECC-REU1 (regional office) on Monday, January 30.

Dexter Dupagan, Information Officer II of the ECC-Regional Extension Unit 1, started his duty as he paid a courtesy call to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Regional Office 1 Director Henry John Jalbuena.

As an attached agency of the DOLE, Jalbuena said that the ECC will now be a part of the Department’s weekly orientation on the programs of the DOLE among the different industries in the Ilocos region.

Jalbuena said that for the whole month of February, DOLE, ECC and other attached agencies will converge to hold labor and employment education to stakeholders of the hotel and restaurant industry in the region.

The labor and employment education will kick-off in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur on February 6; February 13 in Alaminos City; February 20 in Dagupan City and February 27 at Urdaneta City, all in Pangasinan province. Around 200 establishments are expected to participate in the info drive.

Meanwhile, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-1 Regional Director Jennilyne Role extended her support to the ECC as the new information officer also paid a courtesy call to her on Monday.

Dir. Role invited the ECC as one of their partners for the ASEAN roadshow in the region this coming March.

She said the ECC information and education campaign materials will also be featured in the ASEAN kiosk which the agency will mount at Manna Mall in San Fernando City, La Union during the roadshow which is tentatively scheduled on March 29-31.

She added that this is a great venue to inform the employed public with regard to their rights and benefits when they experienced work-related contingencies such as sickness, injury or death.

PIA is the communication arm of the country where its mission is to provide people with adequate information to help them make better decisions and identify opportunities that could improve their quality of life.