P51-B compensation fund to cover Negros employees, too

THE Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), currently has almost P51 billion as State Insurance Fund (SIF) to cover compensation benefits of employees in the country, including Negros Island Region (NIR).

ECC Executive Director Jonathan Villasoto, who spoke at a press conference at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City on Wednesday, said they are mandated to provide compensation benefits to employees in cases of work-related sickness, injuries, or deaths.

Villasoto said this is on top of the services provided by agencies like Social Security System (SSS) and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for those in private and public sector, respectively.

“The ECC comes in particularly on reviewing claims on non-provision or denial of corresponding compensation by the implementing agencies. Without further arguments between the employer and its employees, we just need necessary documents from SSS and GSIS for validation whether the disability is work-related or not,” Villasoto said.

If the incident is declared as work-related the compensation benefits will then be given by ECC through the contributions made by the employers, he said, adding that the commission is mandated to resolve complaints for a period of 20 days upon submission of complete requirements.

In Negros, employees can inquire for assistance in availing the compensation benefits at the Dole Provincial Field Offices or through ECC hotline (033) 330-0010 or (0929)5409542.

Aside from the private employers, contributions which SIF is holding also come from those paid by government agencies, ECC said.

Records showed that in 2015, it has granted about P1.3 billion worth of benefits to persons with work-related disabilities.

Of which, the employment compensation benefits granted through SSS amounted to almost P1.1 billion covering 248,295 claims in the private sector.

Through GSIS, a total of almost P200 million was granted to 31,029 claims from the public sector.

Overall, the P1.3-billion worth of benefits released in 2015 is two percent lower than the P1.5 billion claims granted in 2014, records further showed.

The ECC cited as factors to the decrease the intensive information dissemination of the compensation program and occupational safety and health center on the prevention of workplace disturbances like accidents and diseases.

Meanwhile, a seminar on the employees’ compensation program will be held in the same venue today.

The activity, which will be attended by some 120 human resource officers, union representatives, employers and workers from various private establishments and government agencies, is aimed at increasing the awareness on the three major components of the program.

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