This is good news to private sector pensioners of the Employees Compensation  Commission.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, who is Chairman of the Employees Compensation Commission, an attached agency of the DOLE, yesterday announced that Employees’ Compensation pensioners in the private sector whose areas were affected by typhoon “Yolanda”, the earthquake in Bohol and Cebu, and the Zamboanga crisis may avail of an advance three-month pension grant from the Social Security System (SSS).

According to Secretary Baldoz, ECC Executive Director Stella Z. Banawis had reported that the new policy is in line with the DOLE’s efforts to alleviate the suffering of workers affected by catastrophes or natural calamities.

“The grant of a three-month advance EC pension will surely help pensioners recover from their traumatic experience from the calamities,” said Baldoz.

Baldoz said further the ECC may extend the period of the grant depending on the extent of damage suffered by the EC pensioners in the above-cited areas.

In a resolution declaring this policy, the ECC Board had directed the SSS to prescribe the guidelines for the implementation of the three-month advance pension to EC pensioners.

Any question about this release? Please contact the ECC at 899-42-51 or 52 local 227 or 228. Also e-mail the ECC at  [email protected], or visit the website, www.ecc.gov.ph.

END/cmaulion

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