SSS, GSIS members urged to avail of compensation benefits

THE Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) in Davao Region urged workers covered by Social Security System (SSS) and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to avail of their benefits in case of emergency while at work.

ECC-Davao advocacy focal and information officer Albert A. Bantan said SSS and GSIS members have no idea about the benefit they could get from ECC in case they meet an accident or get sick while at work.

He, however, clarified that only those who have employee-employer relationship are entitled to the benefits. He said that employers pay their ECC contributions through their SSS or GSIS shares.

"For private sectors, if the employees are receiving below P15,000 salaries a month, they are paid by their employer P10 at SSS and P30 for those who are receiving above P15,000 salaries a month," Bantan said.

As to the government sector, Bantan said, the workers are paid P100 per month at the SSS/GSIS office.

Bantan said among the benefits that the ECC provides are loss of income, medical, carrier’s allowance, rehabilitation services and burial assistance.

He also said that it is also important that hazards in workplaces are identified and employers must ensure that hazard control and prevention measures are in place.

The hazards could come in the form of chemicals such as liquids, gases, aerosols while physical hazards include noise, hot or cold temperature, poor illumination, vibration, among others.

Overall, Bantan said, the ECC has disbursed P49.69-billion to claimants nationwide as of September 2015. He also said that the agency has already reserved P46-billion for those who will avail of their benefits.

"[Just to make it clear], centralized kasi ang data namin kaya walakaming allotted budget for Davao region alone. We are not also allotted any amount from the government," Bantan said.

The ECC-Davao has recorded 186,822 total claimants were assisted to SSS, with amount granted to P817,970,800 and 21,987 total claimants were assisted to GSIS, with amount granted to P126,174,136.

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