SAF troopers’ families from Cebu receive EC funeral benefits

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said beneficiaries of two members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) who died during the Mamasapano incident have already received the funeral benefits of their husbands under the Employee Compensation program of the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), an agency of the DOLE.


“The amount of P20,000 each have been delivered to the families of the two slain SAF members yesterday,” said Baldoz, citing a report of DOLE Regional Office No. 7 Executive Director Exequiel Sarcauga.


The regional office, through the ECC Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), is the first among the DOLE regions to turn over the funeral benefits to the widows of PNP-SAF members,” she added.


In his report, Michelle D. Candano, wife of the late PO1 Windel Candano, and Dr. Christine Cempron, wife of the late PO1 Romeo Cempron, each received P20,000 in the form a check representing the funeral benefit from the ECC in coordination with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).


The delivery of the financial benefit took place at the GSIS Regional Office No. 7 in the presence of Ma. Fatima Alvarez, GSIS area manager; Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga; and Ingrid Yumang and Exequiel Salcedo III of the ECC regional office.


ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis, in another report, thanked the ECC’s regional staff for closely coordinating with the GSIS for the prompt processing of the EC claims of the families of the slain PNP-SAF members.


“We would also like to thank the GSIS in Cebu City, especially Area Manager Ma. Fatima Alvarez, for its cooperation in the speedy release of checks to the beneficiaries of the PNP-SAF casualties,” Banawis said, adding that the beneficiaries of the slain PNP-SAF troopers from General Santos City will receive their funeral benefit checks today, 18 February.


“Release of checks for the beneficiaries from Zamboanga City and Catanduanes are also scheduled for this week,” she added.


The ECC official also said she has mobilised all ECC regional staff to coordinate with the families of PNP-SAF casualties and with the GSIS branches where the checks will be released, and to encourage the beneficiaries who are yet to receive the funeral benefits to contact the ECC regional extension office in their regions.
“After receiving the funeral benefits, the beneficiaries will be asked to fill up a form that will start the processing of the death benefits of their relatives,” Banawis said.
Under the Employees’ Compensation Program, uniformed personnel of the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) who are injured, get sick, or who die in the line of work are entitled for loss of income benefits, medical reimbursement, carer’s allowance, death, and funeral benefits.


“These benefits will be processed and released by the GSIS, the administering agency of the ECP for the public sector,” Banawis concluded.
END/rhev, with a report from Luchel Taniza

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