Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), an attached agency of the DOLE, yesterday urged survivors of Typhoon Yolanda to apply for employment compensation (EC) claims as the ECC has made the filing of application for such claims fast and easy.

“The ECC is committed to give the highest priority to employee-survivors of the typhoon and their dependents in the speedy and efficient facilitation of their employees’ compensation claims,” Baldoz said.

The ECC’s Employee Compensation Program (ECP) is aimed at assisting employees and their dependents avail of benefits available to work-connected sickness or injury resulting to any disability or death during the catastrophic storm.

Baldoz gave the assurance that ECC’s administering agencies like the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for public sector workers and the Social Security System (SSS) for private sector employees will help in the facilitation of the claims and benefits.

“The ECP ensures that workers affected by Typhoon Yolanda and other calamities and who may have suffered from injuries, sickness, or even death while in the performance of their duties are compensated. Beneficiaries can file claims on behalf of the employees affected,” ECC Executive Director Stella Banawis said in an update report.

For government workers, Banawis said affected employees may include any of the following personnel working for the AFP, PNP, BJMP and rescue teams/or personnel of NDRRMC, DSWD, Coast Guard, and PAG-ASA.

For private sector workers, those who may file could be those working as newscasters or members news teams; members of rescue mission; medical teams public transport employees; relief missions; security guards; and even kasambahay who may have been badly affected.

“I am pleased that the Ework rehabilitation program of DOLE-ECC which aims to support affected workers includes assistance such as: loss of income benefits; medical services; carer’s allowance, rehabilitation services, and death with funeral benefits, these efforts can truly work to the advantage of the distressed employees”.

“DOLE together with other attached agencies will continue to implement and develop fine tune programs and benefits that will provide services and relief assistance in the rehabilitation stages of the calamity stricken-areas,” Labor Chief finally stated.

Any question about this release? Please call 899-4251; or send an email message to [email protected], or visit www.ecc.gov.ph.

End/Stella Promentilla-Bañares
Source: ECC website

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