Former carpenter now operates a carinderia courtesy of ECC

On November 6, 2015, a carpenter formerly assigned at Xavier University Grade School Campus fell to the ground while installing a jalousie window which resulted to a fracture in his left arm.

He filed for an EC benefits claim which was eventually approved. He received P9,800 worth of 49 days of EC temporary total disability.

Fortunately, his company continued to employ him but he resigned after four months because his current condition does not allow him to do heavy tasks anymore.

He visited the Employees’ Compensation Commission-Regional Extension Unit office in Region 10 and he learned that he is qualified to avail of the benefits under the ECC’s Katulong at Gabay ng Manggagawang May Kapansanan (KaGabay) Program, which facilities integration of persons with work-related disability (PWRD) into the mainstream of the society through physical restoration and training for reemployment or entrepreneurship.

Under the program, the former carpenter has undergone 15 sessions of rehabilitation services for his left arm and was provided with a wrist brace. His claim for a permanent partial disability banefit was also approved and he will be receiving a monthly pension worth P3,499.83 for 18 months.

To continuously provide for his wife and six children, he decided to enhance the operation of their carinderia business by undergoing several trainings conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry’s Negosyo Center. Among the trainings he had included Entrepreneurial Development Training Food Safety Training, and Business Plan Writeshop.

Aside from these trainings, ECC-REU 10 also provided him with a starter kit consisting of kitchenwares and grocery items which amounted to P8,998.32.

The former carpenter is truly thankful to ECC for all the assistance and opportunities that he had.


Stella Mae Obice, Information Officer II, ECC-REU 10

Workers from Cebu gets another chance at life with the help of ECC

At around 12:45 in the afternoon of April 26, 2017, a meat processing aide working at a supermarket in Colon, Cebu was grinding meat when his gloves were caught by the grinding machine. He shouted for help, but unfortunately, his coworkers are too shocked to respond. He was able to turn off the machine and pull out his hand but his five fingers were all crushed. He was immediately rushed to Vicente Sotto Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment.

The meat processing aide filed for a benefits claim under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) since his accident happened at his place of work and while he was performing his official duty. The EC benefit claim was approved and the worker was performing with 39 months of Permanent Partial Disability pension worth P161,460. This amount is on top of the amount of benefits he received under the Social Security System.

His former employer hired him again despite his condition and he started working again last july 2017.

Aside from the disability benefits he received from the EC Program, he also qualified to avail of the services under the ECC’s Katulong at Gabay ng Manggagawang May Kapansanan or KaGabay Program. As a beneficiary, he will undergo free occupational therapy and a hand prosthesis. He is also about to start his skills training at the Department of Manpower Development and Placement under the City Government of Cebu.

“The ECC will always assist our workers especially in times of work-related sickness or accidents. However, let us always be reminded that prevention of work-related accidents is always better than any amount of compensation,” Employees’ Compensation Commission Executive Diretor Stella Zipagan-Banawis said.


Ingid Yumang, Information Officer II, ECC-REU 7