AFP, ECC sign Agreement on soldiers’ privileges, benefits
CALOOCAN CITY, June 16 (PIA) –To ensure members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are provided with adequate remuneration, the military signed a memorandum of agreement with the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) on Monday, June 15.
The AFP Chief of Staff, General Felimon T. Santos Jr. presided over the ceremonial signing held at the Silid Lapu-Lapu inside the General Headquarters Building of Camp Aguinaldo.
“Through this Memorandum of Agreement, both the AFP and ECC will ascertain that the AFP personnel are well-informed of their rights, privileges, and benefits, which they are entitled to,” General Santos said.
General Santos was joined by Major General Adriano S. Perez Jr., Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel; Major General Ernesto C. Torres, Jr., Commander of Civil relations Service AFP; and Brigadier General Benedict M. Arevalo, Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations.
Also present were Ms. Stella Zipagan-Banawis, Executive Director of ECC and Atty. Jonathan T. Villasoto, Deputy Executive Director.
Under the agreement, continuous dialogues with AFP units, offices, and commands will be facilitated for implementation of programs and services that military and civilian employees need.
The ECC will conduct seminars on the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP), facilitate information-exchange, and assist in the provision of services for qualified AFP personnel or their beneficiaries.
The ECC is a government corporation attached to the Department of Labor and Employment for policy coordination and guidance. It is mandated to ensure that every Filipino employee is well-compensated whether they work for public or private sector.
Through various compensation programs, the ECC provides a package of benefits for employees and their dependents in the event of work-connected contingencies such as sickness, injury, disability or death.
“The initiated policies and guidelines in this program ensure that privileges and benefits are received by everyone who deserves it. This is a great advantage for our soldiers that their welfare is being promoted through the ECC’s advocacies,” General Santos said.
The agreement will take effect upon signing of the Secretary of National Defense to be recommended by the AFP Chief of Staff. (PAF/PAOAFP/PIA-NCR))