News Release
Department of Labor and Employment
2 May 2019

Collapsed supermarket workers get ECC benefits

The Employees Compensation Commission has provided assistance to survivors of the collapsed supermarket in Porac, Pampanga that went to the ground following a 6.1 earthquake late last month.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III turned-over the ECC benefits to the family members of five of the workers of the Chuzon supermarket who are still being treated at the hospital after being pulled out of the ruins of the four-storey supermarket.

Bello, who chairs the ECC, was assisted by ECC Executive Director Stella Banawis-Zipagan, in the distribution of the assistance during the Labor Day job fair in San Fernando, Pampanga.

The workers received 10,000 pesos cash assistance, aside from the grocery items earlier provided by the ECC.

Bello said the cash assistance is part of the ECC’s Quick Response program that provides immediate support to workers who meet work-related contingencies.

The family members who received the cash assistance on behalf of the recuperating workers were Edgardo Martin for his daughter Ma. Lourdes, a saleslady; Diane Gonzales for his husband Jonie, a bagger; Remedios Corpuz for her daughter Rhinalyn, a checker, Lorielyn Tating for her daughter Ivone, an office staff; and Tony Facun for her daughter Desiree, also an office staff.

Two workers had their legs amputated while the rest suffered multiple fractures.

The workers’ assistance is part of the ECC’s Rehabilitation of the Persons with Work-Related Disability (PWRDs) Program which facilitates the integration of PWRDs into the economic mainstream through various interventions such as the ECC-Quick Response to PWRDs, psycho-social counseling services, medical help and assistance in the filing of the necessary claims.

The program also offers the KAGABAY Project, or the “Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang May Kapansanan” which provides vocational skills and entrepreneurial training and other employment or job placement assistance, as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and provision of rehabilitation appliances. # # # GSR

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