As of 14 January 2022, a total of 46,382 government employees from different government agencies in the Philippines have received EC benefits due to work-related Covid19 from the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) thru its implementing agency – the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
Since the Covid19 pandemic hit the country in the first quarter of 2020, many government workers have been infected with the virus, including our medical professionals, uniformed personnel, and other essential workers who we consider as frontliners.
From 2020 until January this year, the ECC has granted a total of ₱218,392,141.95 EC claims to government workers thru the GSIS.
Under the EC Program, not only will government workers receive EC sickness benefits, their medical expenses can also be reimbursed thru the GSIS. On top of that, they may avail of the ₱10,000.00 or ₱15,000.00 EC Cash Assistance which is to be filed at cashassistance.ecc.gov.ph.
“The pandemic has significantly affected everyone though we see a slight decline in the number of cases recently. Many of those who got infected by the virus are workers who are now faced with financial burdens, on top of their health problems. The ECC through its EC program is extending assistance to help defray the financial burden they are experiencing,” ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said.
S. Mocorro – REU13