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Senior citizen latest beneficiary of DOLE-ECC’s prosthesis


Cebu City,Philippines.Prosthesis or an artificial body part such as a leg or an arm, completed the package of assistance that a senior citizen from Toledo City, Cebu received from the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC-7), an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment. 

Reynaldo Merida, who used to be a mechanic at the Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation, now Carmen Copper Corporation, was fitted earlier this year with a prosthesis for his amputated left leg, said Ms. Ingrid Z. Yumang, focal person of the ECC-Regional Extension Unit-7. 

This, according to her, is in addition to other ECC programs and services, which the 60-year old availed of after he met an accident at the jobsite in 1984. 

For one, the Department of Labor and Employment, through the ECC facilitated the process for Merida’savailment of the EC permanent partial disability, which he enjoyed for forty-nine (49) months, noted Yumang. 

With the recent implementation of the ECC’s Katulong at GabaysaManggagawang May Kapansanan (KaGabay) Program, Merida became the latest beneficiary to acquire a prosthesis amounting to PHP199,500.00, for free. 

“Walaykabutangansaakongkalipaytungodkaygawassa pension,anaa pa gyuddiay prosthesis ngaakongnadawatsaakongpagka-aksidenteniadtong 1984 (I can’t explain how happy I am because other than the pension I availed, I have also been given another assistance, a prosthesis, by the Employees’ Compensation Commission),” he added upon receipt of his prosthesis last February 2018. 

Underscoring the ECC’s tagline, Higit pa saBenepisyoangibinibigaynaserbisyo, ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis wished for Merida to enjoy his new-found mobility through the help of the prosthesis. 

“The beneficiary will be undergoing a physical and occupational therapy for 10 sessions free of charge. And to make sure that he’d be able to complete the therapy sessions, the ECC will provide him as well with meal and transportation allowance at PHP250.00 per day,” cited Yumang in his report to DOLE-7 Regional Director, Atty. Alvin M. Villamor. 

As of this writing, the ECC REU-7 already provided at least eight (8) prosthesis to beneficiaries in Central Visayas under its Katulong at GabaysaManggagawang May Kapansanan (KaGabay) Program. 

The program renders a special economic assistance to people with work-related diseases (PWRD) who lost employment by reason of work-related sickness or injury. It aims to facilitate integration of PWRD into the economic mainstream through physical restoration, training for re-employment, or entrepreneurship. 

Under the program, workers with approved disability benefits can avail of physical restoration that provides physical or occupational therapy services including assistive devices such as leg/arm prosthesis, crutches, and hearing aid, among others. 

Director Villamor, for his part, lauded ECC-REU 7 for making sure that affected workers get to avail their programs and services, saying further that the advocacy campaigns that the office is continually doing is a big help to raise public awareness among the customers of DOLE and ECC insofar as the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) is concerned. 

As part of its nationwide advocacy campaign, just recently, the ECC-REU-7 conducted the first leg of its free advocacy seminar in Dumaguety City, Negros Oriental, which gathered more than 180 participants coming from labor, management, and human resource. 

It was also participated in by uniformed personnel and employees of the local government units (LGUs) of the province. Also taking an active part in the conduct of the activity were the DOLE, the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB-7), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and the Social Security System (SSS).

End//LSenarlo-Taniza with reporting from Ingrid Z. Yumang of ECC-REU 7 

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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