The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has granted a total of over ₱473 million to over 81,000 claims of workers in both the private and public sectors who contracted work-related Covid19 since the start of the pandemic in 2020.
Through its implementing agencies, the Social Security System (SSS) for the private sector and the Government Insurance System (GSIS) for the public sector, the ECC provided EC sickness, medical, and death benefits in the total amount of ₱473,094,756.01 to 81,514 number of claims. Almost ₱255 million was granted to 35,132 number of claims in the private sector while more than ₱218 million was awarded to 46,382 number of claims from the public sector.
“The Covid19 pandemic has greatly affected our people, especially our workers who are in the frontline, either to prevent the spread of Covid or get our economy back on track. We are happy to extend assistance to workers who contracted Covid19 because of their work or their working environment to lessen the financial burden brought by the disease and the pandemic,” ECC Executive Director Stell Zipagan-Banawis said.
Workers who tested positive of Covid19 acquired at work may file and claim EC sickness benefit and EC medical reimbursement. In case of death, the ECC provides EC death with funeral benefits. The affected workers may file their EC claim at the SSS or GSIS branch nearest to their workplace or residence.
D. Lacson – REU3