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Workers infected with covid-19 to get aid from gov’t thru ECC

Cebu City, Philippines. For as long as the reason for contracting the virus or covid-19 is work-related, affected workers both in private and public sectors will get aid from government.

This is an assurance made by the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) under its Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP).

The ECC, an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), ensures assistance for all the frontline workers who suffered from covid-19 by reason of their employment.

Frontline workers would include the healthcare workers; workers in government; protective service workers like the uniformed personnel of the AFP and the PNP; cashiers and crews in groceries or stores providing essential good and products; production and food processing workers; janitors and maintenance workers; and truck drivers involved in the transport of essential goods; among others.

Ms. Ingrid Z. Yumang of the ECC-Regional Extension Unit-7 said that under the ECP, there is a package of benefits for public and private sector employees and their families in the event of work-connected sickness or injury which has resulted to disability or death.

The ECP benefits provided to workers, who contracted the virus by reason of their employment or working environment, she explained, would include loss of income benefits; medical benefits; and cash assistance.

In case of death due to the virus, the funeral benefit would amount to Pnp30,000.00 plus death benefits, which will be given to the family of the affected employee.

“As for medical reimbursement, we cannot estimate how much it will be since it is the SSS for the private sector and the GSIS for the government sector that will be doing or processing that being the ECC’s administering agencies,” added Yumang.

For approved sickness or injuries, she continued, affected workers will receive Php10,000.00 cash assistance and Php15,000.00 for those who died. The application for EC Benefits, she said further, will be done at the SSS for private sector employees and at the GSIS for those working in government including uniformed personnel.

“The frontliners are our silent modern day heroes who deserved to be served.  Hence, we commit to reach those workers afflicted with covid-19 or their survivors and extend them assistance. Although on flexible work arrangements, our ECC officers nationwide are open to serve the public,” said Stella Zipagan-Banawis, Executive Director of ECC.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, for her part, lauded the ECC REU-7 for its continuous advocacy of its programs especially on the assistance that could be extended to workers infected with the virus.

“This is proof that government is doing everything it can in order to help address the needs of the people particularly that of the workers. We encourage everyone to be familiar with the ECC and all its programs. What is important especially for the private sector workers is for one to be able to avail of the EC Benefits, he or she must have been enrolled at the SSS and their remittances or contributions are in place,” said the Regional Director.

Queries on the EC Benefits could be sent thru private message at the ECC Cebu Facebook account. The ECC REU-7 could be also be reached at (032)266-7230 or at its website at ecc.gov.ph.

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact (032) 234-3317 or tricitydole7@yahoo.com.ph; (032) 266-7424 or cpfodolero7@gmail.com; (035) 226-2778 / (035) 422-9741/ dolenegrosoriental@gmail.com; (035) 480-9244 or dolesiquijor@gmail.com; (038) 501-0277 and (038) 411-0806 or doleboholfo@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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2020-07-03
SALOME O. SIATON
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