ECC LIVELIHOOD STARTER KIT. ECC Information Officer Kaye Daga and DOLE XII Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante grant the starter kit worth ₱20,000.00 to Enrique T. Silva, Jr. in Banga, South Cotabato.

“Nung pagkaaksidente ko, hindi ko alam kung ano na ang mangyayari sa pamilya ko, lalo na nung sabi ng doctor na kailangan putulin ang kaliwang binti ko. Salamat sa ECC. Malaki talaga ang tulong nito sa akin at sa pamilya ko. Ito na yung pagkakataon na makakabangon akong muli,” said Enrique T. Silva, Jr.

Silva is 64 years old and a resident of Purok Mabinuligon, Brgy. Liwanay, Banga, South Cotabato. He worked as a rigger man in a construction company in Koronadal City when he met a work-related accident.

In Aug. 2019, Silva figured in an accident when the crane operator suddenly turned on the motor of the crane to boom-up without knowing that Silva was still stepping on the machine. Consequently, Silva’s left foot stuck inside the motor of the crane leading to its amputation.

In November 2019, Silva filed an EC claim at SSS-Koronadal Branch. Upon evaluation, Silva was granted EC Permanent Partial Disability benefits amounting to ₱28,000.00.

The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) granted Silva a livelihood starter kit amounting to ₱20,000.00 and he will also receive a below knee prosthesis for his amputated left leg under the ECC’s Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang May Kapansanan (KaGabay) Program.

Executive Director Stella Z. Banawis emphasizes that one of the goals of ECC wants to is to help persons with work-related disabilities (PWRDs) to recover from the work-related contingencies they encounter to facilitate their re-integration into the economic mainstream and to provide them with equal access to livelihood opportunities.

The Employees’ Compensation Commission is a government corporation attached to the Department of Labor and Employment for policy coordination and guidance. It was created by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 626, as amended and as embodied in Title II of Book IV of the Labor Code of the Philippines. The ECC is mandated to provide meaningful and appropriate compensation to workers and their dependents in the event of work-related contingencies such as sickness, injury, disability or death.


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