ECC holds awareness campaign in Laoag City

October 29, 2015 5:30 am 

LAOAG CITY, Oct 28 — The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) on Wednesday gathered over 120 participants from this city for a one-day seminar that will strengthen its advocacy campaign in promoting workers’ welfare.

The seminar aims to instill more awareness on the three components of the Employees Compensation Program (ECP) which include preventive, compensation and rehabilitation services. The program also covers the ECC-Quick Response and the Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang may Kapansanan or KaGabay Program.

The ECP is designed to provide workers and their legal dependents with income, medical and other benefits in the event of work-related sickness, injury or death.

Atty. Jonathan T. Villasoto, deputy executive director of the ECC, told participants that the Aquino administration recently approved an increase in EC benefits ranging from Php 10,000 to Php 20,000 for both public and private sectors. Also included is a 10 percent across-the-board increase in pension for all EC permanent partial disability, permanent total disability and survivorship pension in the private sector.

According to Villasoto, Presidential Decree 626 aims to compel companies to pay their employees’ EC contributions for the protection of employees and themselves at the same time.

A claimant, once deemed qualified to avail of said EC benefits, only takes about 20 days to receive reimbursement of any work-related contingencies, said Villasoto.

Meanwhile, Dr. Raymond Bañaga said occupational diseases or exposure to chemicals while at work once carefully evaluated by concerned authorities entitles workers to avail of this program.

For common work-related diseases, the ECC said starts on the first day of work coverage where there is employer-employee relationship.

The ECC also underscored that the claimant may still elevate his/her case to the regional and national level in case of denial, or there is cloud of doubt that the incident is not work-related.

Participants to the workshop held at the Plaza del Norte are human resource officers, employers, owners and labor union representatives from both government and private organizations. (PNA)

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