ECC awards agriculturist with disability benefits due to heart disease

The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) granted an EC disability benefits to an agriculturist from Marinduque province who suffered from Coronary Artery Disease.

Susana Bonode, 56 years old from Boac, Marinduque, occupied the positions of Agricultural Technician II and Agriculturist II at the Provincial Agriculture Office of the provincial government of Marinduque.

Sometime in November 2011, Bonode sought medical consultation due to Urinary Tract Infection and Hypercholesterolemia . From September to November 2015, she officially travelled to different places. The official travel entails data gathering, encoding, analysis and defending project outcomes before the World Bank representative for funding assistance purposes.

On December 1, 2015, Bonode was admitted at the Metropolitan Hospital in Manila, when she experienced severe chest pain while she was on her way to the Manila Grand Opera Hotel to attend the MIMAROPA Regional Conference on Provincial Commodity Investment Plan.

She was discharged after five days of confinement with a diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease Acute Myocardial Infraction. She filed a claim at the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Lucena Branch but it was denied on the ground of no causal relationship.

On appeal, the ECC decided to award her EC benefits plus reimbursement of medical expenses incurred for consultations due to her Coronary Artery Disease.

In granting EC disability benefits ECC considered that three straight month’s official travel of Bonode, which weakened her body resistance and affected her physical condition especially at her age as well as her previous history of myocardial infraction.

The Commission also noted the numerous stressful tasks and duties that Bonode has to accomplish that may have caused or contributes to the manifestation of her heart ailment.

The ECC ordered the GSIS to grant Bonode EC disability benefits plus reimbursement of medical expenses due to her Coronary Artery Disease.