Workers’ compensation body to open regional extension offices

By: Freddie G. Lazaro

 

LAOAG CITY– At least nine new regional extension units of the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) will soon be opened nationwide to ensure social protection services for workers from government and private sectors.

Lawyer Jonathan Villasoto, OIC deputy executive director of the Employees’ Commission (ECC), said the new ECC regional units will be opened in San Fernando City, La Union; Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley; San Fernando City, Pampanga; Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; Legazpi City, Albay; Iloilo City, Iloilo; Tacloban City, Leyte; Davao City, Davao; and Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.

“We are now recruiting and selecting ECC representative for the soon to open regional extension offices including Region 1 and we are hoping that these regional extension offices will start to operate next year, “ he said.

The new ECC offices are expected to beef up the existing regional extension units in Baguio, Cebu, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro City, and Koronadal Cities.

With the new ECC regional extension offices, the public expects to process their claims and benefits faster and with more convenience.

The new regional offices will strengthen the commission’s information dissemination program, attend to employees’ concerns in the region, provide assistance to claimants, introduce and facilitate the KaGaBay program which provides rehabilitation services and livelihood and skills training for occupationally-disabled workers and to serve as ECC quick response teams to sites where work-related contingencies occur.

The ECC is a government corporation attached to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) responsible for policy coordination and guidance concerning the Employees Compensation Program (ECP) claims.

The ECP is a government program designed to provide a compensation package to public and private employees or their dependents in work–related sickness, injury or death. This benefit is in addition to the Philhealth, Pag-IBIG, SSS or the GSIS.#