Kidapawan City- A total of 119 human resource officers, company representatives, employees from the local government units, and uniformed personnel participated in a one-day Advocacy Seminar for Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) held at Hotel Micah, Kidapawan City, Cotabato Province on October 16, 2019 – the first of its kind conducted in the province.

Program partners from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XII, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and Social Security System (SSS) were also present in the activity.

“It’s good to know that we have added benefits and for our families in the event of work-related contingencies through the Employees’ Compensation Commission, “ said PO1 Shanee Maguate of Cotabato Police Provincial Office.

The seminar aimed to inform and heighten the awareness of workers in North Cotabato of their rights, benefits and privileges under the ECP. Among the topics being discussed were the three components of the EC Program, specifically, the prevention, compensation and rehabilitation services. The recent reformed EC Program which anchored on the “3Es” – Equalize, Enhance and Expand strategies, were also emphasized in the seminar.

To briefly inform the community about ECP and to set the tone for the said activity, Deputy Executive Director Atty. Jonathan T. Villasoto led the discussion prior to the seminar through live radio interviews over DXND-Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation (NDBC) and Brigada News FM Kidapawan City. He also shared that ECC visits provinces nationwide not only to inform workers on the benefits from the government but also to remind everyone the importance of safety and health in the workplace.

“It is such a privilege that the officers of ECC all the way from Manila came here to Kidapawan to reach out to workers who still have no idea of what ECC is. It’s also very good to have with us the Division Chief, and even the Deputy Executive Director himself, who answered questions and discussed the programs of ECC very clearly,” said Chrisette Joy E. Ronquillo, HR Analyst of Energy Development Corporation.

Atty. Villasoto expressed his gratitude for the people of Cotabato Province for their warm welcome and active participation in the Advocacy Seminar.

Employees’ Compensation Commission is an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment mandated by law to provide meaningful and appropriate compensation benefits and services to workers in the event of work-related contingencies. End/KDaga