Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), yesterday said workers’ beneficiaries covered by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) who died due to work-related contingency while in active service are entitled to receive both EC and GSIS funeral benefits.
“This is in line with the thrust of both the Employees Compensation Commission and the GSIS to assist the families of deceased members in times when financial assistance is urgently needed and to help defray the expenses incidental to the burial and funeral of the deceased members,” Baldoz said.
Baldoz cited a report of ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis, who said the GSIS’s Policy and Procedural Guidelines No. 267-14 dated 03 November 2014 provides clear cut rules and procedures on the processing of funeral benefits and to ensure its proper implementation, as well as timely payment of the said benefit.
“The guidelines states that the funeral benefit shall be paid to any qualified individual, in accordance to the following order of priority: surviving legitimate spouse; children, relatives up to second degree of consanguinity, or any other person who can show irrefutable proof that he or she shouldered the funeral expenses of the deceased and was acknowledged by the surviving spouse as the person who shouldered the expenses; and in the absence of a surviving spouse, any of the above-mentioned persons provided that he or she can present receipt/s to show proof of payment of the deceased member’s funeral expenses,” said Banawis in her report.
GSIS’s funeral benefit is P20,000, except for uniformed members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
EC funeral benefit, on the other hand, is fixed at P20,000.