The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has issued Board Resolution numbered 23-05-12 prescribing the new EC Logbook template to facilitate the payment of EC benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program for private and public sector employees in the event of work-related contingencies.

The previous EC logbook template required employers to present the name of the employee, date, place and nature of contingencies and the number of days the worker was absent for work upon filing for the employees’ EC claims application with the Systems—the Social Security System (SSS) in the private sector and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) in the public sector. Meanwhile, set forth in the amended version are two additional details such as the date of logbook entry or date when the contingency was recorded on the logbook and the date of notification of the incident to the SSS/GSIS.

The said amendment aims to help the employers in properly recording the relevant details of the employees’ contingencies. The same will guide them in filing their employees’ EC claims applications in case of work-related sickness, injury, or death of their employees within the period prescribed therein.

While the resolution aims to facilitate the evaluation of EC claims with the Systems, it also reiterates the importance of keeping EC logbooks which may be maintained manually or in digital version by the employers to avoid penalties provided under the Employees’ Compensation Law.

With this issuance, ECC encourages the employers nationwide to adhere to the new rules in the recording of workplace contingencies and hopes that this creates further awareness on the importance of keeping and maintaining safe and healthy workplaces despite the availability of the benefits under the EC Law.

ECC Executive Director Atty. Kaima Via B. Velasquez said, “The amendment made to the present EC Logbook is part of our continuous effort to streamline our processes, guide our employers accordingly, and provide better services to the Filipino workers.

C. Katigbak – CO