The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) conducted an Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) seminars at Lucena City and Boracay, Aklan during the month of May 2013. The ECC conducts regular advocacy seminar to bring ECP information closer to the regions.

The participants were composed of HR officers, union representatives, and employers from various companies in Regions IV-A on May 9, 2013 and VI on May 23, 2013. The turn-out of the events was way beyond what the ECC Advocacy Team expected.  The two venues were jam-packed with participants exceeding the 120-seat capacity of each place, such that, some chairs had to be pulled-in just to accommodate the others. Some of the participants, particularly those from the neighboring provinces, were already at the place even before the call time at 8:00 in the morning.

The ECP Advocacy seminars showcased the three main components of the EC Program; Prevention, Compensation, and Rehabilitation services. In addition to these, a portion of each seminar was allotted to the various livelihood and skills programs implemented by the respective DOLE Regional Offices, and the “Batas Kasambahay.”

The coordination between the ECC and DOLE Regional Offices is pursuant to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz’s directive to strengthen linkages between the DOLE attached agencies and regional offices, for an efficient and convenient implementation of the DOLE programs and projects. It is also a mode of information dissemination to keep the public abreast of the social protection programs and benefits available to them.

The seminars were free of charge.