Fri. Dec 6th, 2019

DOLE steps up campaign on workers’ compensation program in Palawan

The Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) has stepped up its campaign on the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) in Puerto Princesa City and Palawan, assuring that both public and private sector employees will be compensated and protected in cases of work-related sickness or injuries resulting to disability or death.

Stella Banawis, executive director of the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), said Monday in a press conference that their campaign is in Puerto Princesa City and the province of Palawan because its knowledge about the ECP is less than average.

She said it is also the same in MIMAROPA provinces where there are many public and private workers.

She said the ECP is a government initiative to provide a compensation package to private and public workers or their dependents in the event of work-related sickness, injury, or death. It also aims to formulate policies and guidelines for the improvement of the program on employees’ compensation.

“Kulang kasi sa information dissemination kaya konti rin ang nakaka-alam. Kaya ngayon pumunta kami dito to inform the public kung ano ba itong ECC program. Marami ang hindi nakaka-alam na may ganito palang programa na pwede nilang ma-avail basta work-related ang nangyari,” Banawis said.

(There’s lack of information dissemination that’s why only a few people are aware of it. This is the reason why we came here to inform the public about what is the ECP. A lot of people do know that there is actually a program like this that they can avail as long as their sickness or injuries or death is work-related.)

In order to claim benefits from the ECC, employees must register to Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) or Social Security System (SSS) through their employers.

Government workers need to pay P100 regardless of their salary rate while those in the private sector need to pay P10 for every P1,000 to P14,500 salaries and P30 for every P15,000 and above.

“Wala itong penalty, anytime pwede mag-claim ang client. Anytime po ‘yan, basta kayo ay active members o nagbabayad sa SSS at GSIS automatic na may benefits kayong makukuha (This has no penalty, and anytime the client can claim. That’s anytime, as long as you are active members paying SSS and GSIS., you can claim benefits),” Banawis said.

She said self-employed or voluntary members are exempted from the ECP.

The benefits are loss-of-income; medical services; appliances and supplies; carer’s allowance; rehabilitation services, and death and funeral benefits.

Government workers who are registered members of the GSIS, including members of the military, the police, the fire protection bureau, jail and management bureau, elective government officials who are receiving regular salary and all casual, emergency, temporary and substitute or contractual employees, are qualified to the program.

Banawis said the compensation that a beneficiary may receive depends on the type of incident or ailment that will happen to a worker.

Currently, she said they have 28 million members from the GSIS and SSS. As of 2017, the ECP already has P7.5 billion in revenues from the contributions.

In 2016, the ECC had answered and provided 290,000 claims and 285,516 in 2017.

“Sa MIMAROPA wala talagang nag-avail ng ECP as of 2018. But in the past few years mayroon ata kayong apat na beneficiaries (In the MIMAROPA, no one availed of the ECP as of 2018. But in the past few years, you had only four beneficiaries),” she said.

Employees shall be covered starting on the first day of their employment, she pointed out.

Banawis said all claims may be filed in the GSIS for the public sector and SSS for private workers.

If a claim is denied, a request for reconsideration may be sent to the same offices. If still denied, the worker may write a letter to the ECC appeal the decision.

DOLE-ECC is also inviting all company’s human resource or admin officers to attend the ECC advocacy seminar on January 29.

For more information, inquiries may send to ecc_mails@yahoo.com or message at www.facebook.com/ecc.official.

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