Four members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and a seafarer in Region XII received a total of Php 65,000.00 from Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) through its Quick Response Program (QRP). A sum of Php 45,000.00 was granted to beneficiaries of three AFP uniformed personnel under Killed-In-Action (KIA) cash assistance and a sum of Php 20,000.00 to a seafarer and an AFP uniformed personnel under Wounded-In-Action (WIA) cash assistance.

On top of the loss of income, medical, death and funeral benefits, rehabilitation services and all other benefits that persons with work-related disabilities (PWRDs) may avail under the Employees Compensation Program. The cash assistance may also be given to WIA and KIA workers.

The ECC passed and approved resolutions in 2017 that expedites the provision of cash assistance and rehabilitation services to uniformed personnel who were wounded or killed-in-action. These also provide that without the need of waiting for the approval or release of EC disability benefits for the uniformed personnel who are wounded in action from the GSIS, the ECC will facilitate the enrollment of the uniformed personnel under the Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang may Kapansanan (KaGabay) Program.

In addition to QRP tokens, cash assistance in an amount of ten thousand pesos (Php 10,000.00) for WIA and fifteen thousand pesos (Php 15,000.00) for KIA, may be given to workers as the ECC recognizes the need to provide a more valuable amount of assistance given the reduced earning capacity of the worker due to the work-related contingency.

Furthermore, civilian workers who were victims of work-related incidents and whose claims for EC benefits were approved are also entitled to receive cash assistance from ECC. Qualified beneficiaries of civilian KIA workers can likewise receive the assistance.

ECC Executive Director Stella Banawis, explained that through the EC Program, the men and women in uniform or their families are assured of immediate assistance in case a work-related contingency arises.

The Quick Response Program provides workers and their beneficiaries who suffered from work-related contingencies prompt assistance particularly psychosocial support, including orientation on EC benefits and services and facilitation in the processing of EC claims. End/KDaga