ECC awards fishing starter kit to a KaGabay beneficiary in Misamis Oriental

“Abi nako atik-atik lang. Pero tinood man jud dilay ang programa sa ECC. (I thought it was only a joke. But the program of ECC is really true),” a KaGabay beneficiary from Misamis Oriental said.

A former shift mechanic who figured in a work-related accident is the latest recipient of a livelihood starter kit from  the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC)’s Katulong at Gabay ng Manggagawang May Kapansanan, or KaGabay Program.

Assigned in an export-oriented manufacturer of premium coconut products located in Medina, Misamis Oriental, the said worker injured his left thumb after his hand was caught between the belts of a circulating blower while performing his duties, Because of this, he filed for an EC sickness benefits claim which was, eventually, approved.

The approval of his EC sickness benefit claim further qualified him to become a beneficiary of the KaGabay Program. As such, the former shift mechanic was able to participate in Social Preparation and Entrepreneurial Development conducted by DTI-Negosyo Center Medina, in partnership with ECC-Regional Extension Unit No. 10(ECC-REU10)

At that time, he did not expect too much from the program and just joined because he thought that he is required by his company to participate in the livelihood training.

But everything has changed after he was accompanied by the ECC-REU10 staff to buy fishing tools and materials for the repair of his fishing boat amounting to P9,902.50, as he expressed his interest to start a fishing business.

Aside from his regular income, the said worker now has an additional source of income. He is thankful that such government program exists for persons with work-related disability (PWRD) and he appreciated the effort and support provided by his company when they encouraged them to avail of the benefits and services provided under the Employees’ Compensation Program.

Stella Obice, Information Officer II, REU-10

ECC grants livelihood starter kit to two PWRDs in Butuan City

The Employees’ Compentation Commission, through its Regional Extension Unit No. 13, has granted a livelihood starter kit worth P10,000 each to two persons with work-related disability (PWRD) last October 2017 in Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte.

Angelus Morales was a former seafarer at Orophil Shipmanagement Corporation based in Manila. He was assigned at Cargo Operations when he met an accident on 20 August 2016 which resulted in mild stroke. He filed his EC benefit claim at SSS Butuan Branch.

On the ohter hand, Herson Naalam was also a former seaman who used to work with Maunlad Trans Inc. He met an accident on 21 January 2017 while he was conducting regular check-up of the vessel as a Bosun (boatswain) which resulted in a bone fracture. Upon the advice of the SSS Butuan Branch, he filed EC benefit claim in May 2017.

After their benefit claime were approved, the ECC REU informed them that they could avail of physical restoration and entrepreneurship training of the ECC’s Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang may Kapansanan or KaGabay Program.

Aside from the livelihood starter kits, the two PWRDs attended a Hog Raising Seminar conducted by the ECC-REU13, in partnership wim BMEG in June 2017 to prepare them for handling their businesses well.

Herson and Angelus were more than grateful for the assistance extended to them by the ECC. They were one in saying that the ECC did not only help them recover from their injuries thru rehabilitation services under the KaGabay program, but they were also given an opportunity to earn a living so they can continually provide for their loved ones.

“We hope that all PWRDs will also benefit from the EC Program,” they added.

Sandee Angeli V. Mocorro, Information Officer II, ECC-REU13

ECC sets twin activities in Negros Occidental to increase ECP awareness

Bacolod City – The Employees’ Compensation Commission is set to introduce its newest project in Bacolod City and its 8th Employees’ Compensation Program advocacy seminar for this year in Talisay City.

ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis will lead the launching with the support of the DOLE Regional Office VI Director Atty. Johnson Cañete on 24 October 2017 at the L’Fisher Hotel, Bacolod City.

On the other hand, the 8th ECP advocacy seminar for this year will be held on 26 October 2017 in Talisay City. About 150 participants, particularly, human resource officers,  employers, labor union representatives from different private establishments, government employees and uniformed personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and Philippine Coast Guard, are invited to participate in the whole day, free of charge, advocacy seminar.

The ECP advocacy seminar will discuss the prevention, compensation and rehabilitation components of the ECP and the recent EC Program reforms anchored on the ‘3Es’- Equalized, Enhanced and Expand strategies, in response to the challenges facing the EC Program.

“We are very positive that in this digital age, the project will be a useful tool to monitor work-related contingencies. It encourages public engagement and participation. Through the, reports on work-contingencies can be conveyed instantly thus appropriate assistance can be planned and executed right away,” said Banawis.

The is a web application designed to gather reports and act on registered work-related accidents. It is capable of receiving reports from desktop computers, laptops and mobile devices through an internet browser. It aims to gather data and immediately respond and provide EC services like EC Quick Response Program.