THE Department of Labor and Employment announced that qualified pensioners of the Employees’ Compensation Commission or ECC will receive a one-time P20,000 financial assistancestarting this June.
“The P20,000 financial assistance from the ECC for private sector EC pensioners will be credited to their accounts starting this month of June,” said ECC chair Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.
Bello said the one-time cash aid will be released in batches to about 32,000 EC pensioners by the Social Security System and the Government Service Insurance System, the ECC‘s administering agencies for the private and public sector.
In her report to the Labor chief, ECC executive sirector Stella Zipagan-Banawis said qualified EC pensioners need not apply for the financial assistance as it will be processed in the same manner as the processing of their EC pensions.
“EC pensioners in the private sector with at least one month of permanent partial disability, permanent total disability, or survivorship pension from Jan. 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021, will benefit from the one-time financial assistance,” Banawis added.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed Administrative Order No. 39, series of 2021, on April 19, approving the granting of one-time financial assistance of ?20,000.00 to EC pensioners in both the public and the private sectors. EC pensioners are persons with permanent partial disability or permanent total disability because of their work or their working environment. They can also be the beneficiaries of the employees who died due to work-related contingencies.
In case of the death of the eligible EC pensioner during the prescribed period of Jan. 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021, the one-time financial assistance will be released to his or her beneficiary.
“The EC pensioners have suffered work-related disability and the COVID-19 pandemic compounded their vulnerability as they deal with undue financial hardships. We hope that the one-time financial assistance can ease the financial burdens of our EC pensioners during this trying time. Rest assured that ECC is tirelessly working to provide more assistance to our workers,” Banawis said.