The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) provided not only financial support but also hope to a worker from Sultan Kudarat, whose left arm was amputated after he was accidentally electrocuted while putting up some electrical line.
Oblivious on how to go on with his life because of the accident, Rolando Labus was surprised to learn that the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) of the ECC provides extended support and assistance to people who suffered from work-related disabilities.
Through ECP, ECC granted Labus an additional sickness benefit worth P18,000, three sessions of free physical therapy with check-up worth P1,489, arm prosthesis worth P94,000, skills training on food processing and a starter kit amounting to P10,000.
“I was so devastated after the accident. But when I knew about the assistance and support of the Employees’ Compensation Commission, I was relieved. My self-esteem was boosted. I am so thankful to ECC,” Labus said.
He also expressed his gratitude to the ECC for being a big help to the distressed workers like him and even encouraged other disabled workers not to lose hope and continue living for their families.
ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said that they will continue to provide support and assistance to the persons with work-related disabilities.
“Rest assured that ECC will continue to enhance its programs to provide better benefits for the Filipino workers,” Banawis said.
However, Banawis encouraged employers and employees to practice good occupational safety and health by complying with Occupational Safety and Health Standards to ensure a healthy and safe work environment.
“I would like to emphasize that prevention is better than compensation and rehabilitation. The ECC provides benefits for work-related incidents but good practices in OSH provide a better and healthier community,” explained Banawis.
The ECC is an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment mandated by law to provide meaningful and appropriate compensation to workers in the event of work-related sickness, injuries or death.
END/Abegail De Vega with reports from C. Gamboa