ECC assures assistance to frontliners positive of COVID-19
SAN JOSE, Antique, July 24 (PIA) – – The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) assured the COVID-19 frontline workers that they could get automatic financial assistance once they are found positiveof the virus while performing their functions.
In a radio program of Philippine Information Agency here , Regional Officer Stephen Barredo of the Information and Public Assistance Division of ECC in Region 6 emphasized that the ECC assured assistance to all frontline workers who suffered from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by reason of their employment.
Frontline workers tested positive of COVID-19 could claim the benefit of P10,000-P15,000 under the automatic financial assistance program over and above the possible claim that they will apply from the regular program of ECC.
Frontline workers include, but are not limited to, healthcare workers, protective service workers like the uniformed personnel of the AFP and the PNP, cashiers and crews in grocery or stores providing essential products, production and food processing workers, janitors and maintenance workers, and truck drivers involved in the transport of essential goods.
The Employees’ Compensation Program provides a package of benefits for public and private sector employees and their families in the event of
work-connected sickness, injury or death.
The ECP benefits provided to workers who contracted COVID-19 by reason of their employment or working environment include loss of income benefits, medical benefits and cash assistance, while a funeral benefit amounting to Php30,000 plus death benefits, is given to the family of an employee who dies because of the virus.
Barredo also echoed the statement of ECC Director Stella Banawis that “frontliners are our silent modern day heroes who deserve to be served. Hence, ECC committed to reach those workers afflicted with COVID-19 or their survivors and extend assistance to them. ECC offices nationwide are open to serve the public.”
For Antique, clients can go to the Provincial Office of the Department of Labor and Employment or contact Stephen S. Barredo at (033) 3300910 /