“Dako nakong kalipay nga ako nga isip trabahante sa gobyerno naka benepisyo pud sa kung unsa ang gipanghatag sa mga trabahante sa pribado nga trabahoan” (I am overjoyed that as a government employee, I am also able to receive benefits that private employees enjoy) said Jose Durano Jr. when ECC REU Administrative Officer Desiree Apostol visited him at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 7 in Cebu City.

Durano, a 52 year old father of three, is an Administrative Aide 1 of DOLE for twenty-two years. He resides at Salag, Tabogon, Cebu.

On April 16, 2018, while on his way to his office in Cebu City, he figured in a motorcycle accident.

Durano filed an EC claim at the GSIS. He was granted EC Temporary Total Disability benefits for his inability to report for work due to his injury and ten sessions of free physical therapy with ECC’s partner hospital.  Durano was also provided with a transportation allowance in the amount of ₱5,500.00.

Aside from the said benefits, Durano received a livelihood assistance starter kit worth ₱20,000.00 and a complementary kit of another ₱10,000.00 after sustaining his business for a period of at least one year.

A cash assistance worth ₱10, 000.00 was also granted to Durano.  The cash assistance of ₱10,000 is given to workers who suffered from work-related sickness or injury and ₱15, 000.00 for the beneficiaries, in case of work-related death. This is a special project of the ECC under the Quick Response Program that aims to provide workers or their beneficiaries with immediate financial support.

Employees’ Compensation Commission Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said “I am happy that we were able to help our colleague at DOLE.  Rest assured that we will treat all workers fairly in the grant of EC benefits and services.  We would like to emphasize that once there is a work-related contingency, the ECC will extend support and give our full assistance irrespective of your company or agency.”

The Employees’ Compensation Program provides benefits to workers and /or their beneficiaries in the event of work-related sickness, injury and/or death.


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