The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has launched an information campaign for higher public awareness on benefits it offers to workers sustaining work-related injuries or diseases.
The initial salvo was through a television commercial placement as ECC hosted the Development Communication Coordinating Network (DevComNet) meet held at the Novotel- Manila Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, March 19th.
DevComNet is an exchange network of information units of government line agencies, departments, owned and controlled corporations and financial institutions. The network aligns communication efforts for consistent messaging and coordinates development activities.
The initial tv commercial was co-produced by ECC with the Phil Information Agency (PIA).
While at Kuwait as part of an official mission, ECC Chairman-Designate Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III issued a statement read at the meet by Exec Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis.
ECC has been around since 1975, providing benefits and services to workers from both the private and the public sectors who suffered from work-related injuries or diseases.
Though the program has such a noble purpose, Labor U/Sec Lagunzad observes “… it was rather unfortunate that only a few knew about it. It has become one of the challenges in the Commission (ECC) to increase and strengthen the Filipino workers awareness.”
Banawis presented an overview of the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP): provide employees and their families with income benefits, medical and other benefits in the event of work-connected sickness, injury or death (including benefits for loss of income, medical, carer’s allowance and for rehabilitation services.
ECP has three main functions:
- Formulate policies and guidelines for the improvement of the EC program
- Review EC claims disapproved by the GSIS/SSS
- Initiate policies and programs towards adequate OHS and accident prevention in the working environment
ECC is now on its 43rd year. From 1975 to September, 2017, ECC has paid over 6 million claims, granted P38-billion in benefits while collecting contributions to P62-billion. Assets build-up totals to P60.22-billion, benefit outlays mostly coming from investment income.
ECC provides policy guidelines to both SSS and GSIS on how to invest.
ECC covers all compulsory members of GSIS and SSS, including seafarers.