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Truck driver turns entrepreneur with the help of ECC KaGabay Program


The Employees Compensation Commission thru its Regional Extension Unit 7 recently awarded a livelihood starter kit amounting to P20,000.00 in the form of school supplies and cellular mobile phone accessories to Jussel Kim Fortunado, a truck driver in Cebu who met a work-related accident.

On January 26, 2015, while driving the truck in Lutopan, Cebu to deliver company goods, Fortunado noticed that the break was not functioning which caused him to bump into a small house.  

Because of the accident, his left hand was amputated. Upon recovery, he filed for his SSS and EC benefits. The SSS granted him EC Permanent Partial Disability benefits amounting to P167,750.00.

Due to lack of financial means, Fortunado made his own prosthesis out of a bamboo then later replaced it to a PVC pipe.

In 2018, Fortunado was enrolled under the Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang may Kapansanan (KaGabay) Program of ECC where he was provided with a free below elbow prosthesis amounting to P125,000.00.

“It is heartwarming to know that we are able to help Jussel Fortunado, a person with work-related disability (PWRD). True to our commitment, the ECC ensures the provision of a holistic compensation package for PWRDs who suffered from work-related contingencies,” said ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis.

According to Banawis, the ultimate goal of the ECC it to help PWRDs go back in the economic mainstream and become productive citizens again.



The Employees’ Compensation Commission is a government corporation attached to the Department of Labor and Employment for policy coordination and guidance. It was created by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 626, as amended and as embodied in Title II of Book IV of the Labor Code of the Philippines. The ECC is mandated to provide meaningful and appropriate compensation to workers and their dependents in the event of work-related contingencies such as sickness, injury, disability or death.

Want to know more about the Employees’ Compensation Program? Email ECC at or call 899-4251 local 227 for free on-site seminars.

End./Ingrid Yumang


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