A bus conductor of Baliwag Transit who suffered work-related coronary artery disease was granted an extension of the permanent partial disability benefits under the employees compensation program, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today said.

In a report to Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas, the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), an agency under DOLE, granted bus conductor Severino O. Cordero an eight-month extension of the permanent partial disability benefits. Earlier, the ECC awarded Cordero the same benefits covering a 30-month period.

After the 30-month period, Cordero filed another claim with the Social Security System (SSS) for compensation under PD 626, as amended but the claim was denied because of the absence of an employer-employee relationship at the time the claim was filed.

However, ECC ruled that Cordero’s disability was commensurate for the maximum benefit of 38 months, thereby, extending the provision of the permanent partial disability benefits to Cordero for another eight months.

In another case, Julie Dacong, table supervisor of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, filed compensation claim on her disc herniation but was denied because disc herniation cannot be considered as work-related.

Dacong sustained an injury when her head struck the floor when she fell from the stairs. She was descending the stairs towards the employee’s exit when her shoe snagged on the second floor causing her to slip. Based on medical records submitted, Dacong’s disc herniation preceded the work-related accident and was diagnosed a year prior to accident.

According to ECC, Dacong was awarded temporary total disability benefits and medical reimbursement for her work-related accident but was denied her claim for disc herniation.

ECC explained that an accident is considered work-related if it occurs in the workplace, if the employee is performing his official function, and if elsewhere, the worker must have been executing an order for the employer.

Work-related sickness or injury are covered by the employee compensation (EC) programs. Benefits come in the form of income, medical and rehabilitation services. EC claims by private sector workers are filed with the SSS while those in the government with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

Should the SSS and GSIS deny their claims, claimants may appeal the adverse decision with the ECC.

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