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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ECC steps up compensation program advocacy in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY, May 18 (PIA) – Workers who might go through work related injuries, disease or death can have additional compensation and benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) of the government.

The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) again reminds workers and employers from the public and private sectors of their rights and duties under the ECP which aims to provide appropriate compensation to workers in the event of work-related contingencies.

“The ECP provides added compensation and benefits for injuries, disease or death that are work related aside from the claims and benefits provided by the Social Security System (SSS), Philhealth and Pag-ibig which requires mandatory contribution. For ECP the employee is covered right on the first day of employment,” ECC Deputy Excecutive Director Atty. Jonathan T. Villasotto said during the press conference held at La Piazza Hotel today.

The press conference is part of the ECP information campaign done in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol to impart ECP to the media and encourage support in disseminating information through quad-media.

Moreover Villasotto noted employer-employee relationship is required to avail of the program.

“Any engagement or contract for performance of work without employer-employee relationship is not covered,” he said.

EC claimant or his beneficiaries can be filed at the SSS for private sector employees and the GSIS for public sector employees.  

 Among the ECP benefits are temporary and permanent compensation in case of loss of income benefit, supplemental pension, reimbursement of medical services, death and funeral benefit and rehabilitation services.

“Claims for compensation must be filed within three years,” Villasotto said.

Also part of the ECP awareness campaign in the region is the advocacy seminar to be conducted tomorrow in Tabaco City with more than 120 expected participants from the public and private sectors.

“The seminar will focus on the three major components of the ECP – prevention, compensation and rehabilitation services – along with recent ECP reforms  considered as ECC’s ultimate strategies anchored on “3Es” – equalized, enhanced and expanded – reforms to answer challenges facing the ECP,” ECC Bicol focal person Ma. Yvette C. Bonavente said.

Various programs, projects and services of DOLE in the region will be discussed as well.

Consultation meeting with the GSIS and SSS is also slated on May 19, 2016 to update officers on the recent ECP policies to facilitate processing of EC claims.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571463555575/ecc-steps-up-compensation-program-advocacy-in-albay#sthash.RUQANdK2.dpuf

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