In line with the thrust of ensuring that workers, in both private and public sectors, are informed of their rights, benefits, and privileges under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP), the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), through its Regional Extension Unit No 12, has recently conducted a series of ECP lectures to the uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the region.

“We know that the opportunity to improve and institutionalize the ECP will be best achieved through effective dissemination of information on the entitlement and coverage of the program,” ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said.

For the months of April, May, June, and July, the ECC REU-12 staff conducted ECP lectures in PNP stations in several municipalities of Saranggani Province and Gen. Santos City. On 6 July 2015, the ECC-REU staff was able to conduct the said lecture with no less than the high-ranking officials of PNP-Regional Office No. 12 during its Flag Raising Ceremony.

In his speech, PNP-Region 12 Police Chief Superintendent Lester Camba pointed out that all uniformed personnel, including the PNP, is covered under the ECP. He cited the case of Special Action Force (SAF) personnel Police Officer 2 Roger Cordero, who died during the Mamasapano incident, as an example of how PNP personnel could benefit from the program.

He also expressed his appreciation for the program by saying that, “Meron pa palang agency ng gobyerno na pwedeng makatulong sa sugatang pulis in time of legitimate encounters”.

Pledging for his full support, he vowed to gather and schedule eight PNP-Region 12 provincial commands for a series of ECP lectures.

As part of the celebration of its 40TH Anniversary on March of this year, the ECC has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the PNP formalizing areas of collaboration on information dissemination on the ECP for uniformed personnel of the PNP.