The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), through its extension office in Region 12, gives free physical therapy services to Sharon Braza who met a work-related accident.
Braza is working as a regional general service officer in a microfinance office in General Santos City. In May 2020, she was driving her motorcycle on her way to work when suddenly the front wheel of a vehicle following her, exploded. The said vehicle then swerved towards her and as a result, Braza sustained displaced pelvic fracture, cerebral concussion, and abrasions.
In 2021, Braza filed an EC claim at the Social Security System (SSS), General Santos City branch and was granted an EC sickness benefit for a total amount of ₱29,700.00. In addition, she also received an EC cash assistance of ₱10,000.
Aside from the monetary benefits she received from the ECC, Braza also underwent a total of three (3) free consultations and 14 free physical therapy sessions at St. Elizabeth Hospital Incorporated, ECC’s partner hospital in General Santos.
Braza had already recuperated and resumed her job as a regional general service officer in the same company.
“I would like to thank ECC for the benefits I acquired. The free rehab (PT) check-up and cash assistance. [I am] willing to inform other [workers] about this. Thank you also for the workforce behind this. God bless you!,” said Braza.
The physical restoration, as one of the components of the Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang may Kapansanan (KaGabay) Program, includes the provision of physical/occupational therapy sessions and assistive devices that help facilitate the reintegration of persons with work-related Disability (PWRDs) into the economic mainstream.
The Employees’ Compensation Commission is a government corporation attached to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for policy coordination and guidance. The ECC is mandated to provide meaningful and appropriate compensation benefits to workers and their dependents in the event of work-related sickness, injury, disability, or death.
K. Daga – REU12