Tuesday, July 8, 2014
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga-Around 50 personnel of the Pampanga Provincial Police Office recently attended a seminar regarding the programs of the Employees’ Compensation Commission- an attached agency of Department of Labor and Employment.
“Under Republic Act No. 8291, police and soldiers are not covered by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). The good news is they are covered by the Employees Compensation (EC) program as mandated by the Labor Code of the Philippines,” ECC Central Luzon Information Officer Naomi Velasquez told attendees.
“GSIS is mandated to collect and process EC contributions and claims. Thus, in the event of work-related sickness, injury, or even death, covered uniformed personnel, and/or their immediate beneficiaries, may file an EC claim at any GSIS branch nearest to their places of work or residence,” Velasquez added.
Among the EC benefits available include loss of income benefit (or sickness benefit), medical benefit, carer’s allowance, and rehabilitation services under the Commission’s KaGabay Program such as physical restoration, skills training for re-employment, and entrepreneurship training.
“The risk of the nature of work of our uniformed personnel is recognized; hence, through the EC Program, they are assured to be protected with social benefits,” Velasquez said.
Aside from the ECP overview, DOLE Regional Office Labor Laws Compliance Officer Maria Regina Agustin likewise gave an overview on Republic Act 10361 otherwise known as the Kasambahay Law.
Apart from uniformed personnel, ECC also holds information forums in Freeport and Special Economic Zones as well as industrial parks.
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