Polomolok, South Cotabato- The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) awarded cash assistance benefit of Php 15,000.00 to the mother of the late Sargent Jonathan C. Gabuya who was killed-in-action during the AFP operation last December 2017 at Davao Oriental.

Gabuya is also entitled to receive ECC survivorship pension for 5 years through the Government Security Insurance System (GSIS), as the direct beneficiary of Sgt. Gabuya.

Present during the release were DOLE 12 Regional Director Raymundo Agravante and ECC 12 Information Officer Kaye Daga.

Sgt. Gabuya, a native of Brgy. Palkan, Tupi, South Cotabato, was a uniformed personnel of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for 10 years. He was assigned in Brgy. Tubaon, Davao Oriental for an army operation where he was caught in a landmine explosion that caused him to suffer serious head injury.

Mrs. Asteria Gabuya, mother of Sgt. Gabuya, said that her son died in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Davao City on January 2018 at age 34.

“Madamo gid nga salamat sa paghatag sang assistance. Bisag sakit na wala na siya, padayon gihapon mi sa pagpangabuhi nga maayo. Ug salamat sa inyong paghatag pasidungog sa mga sundalo nga nagtaliwan sama sa akong anak,” said Mrs. Gabuya.

(We are very grateful for the assistance. Amidst the pain of losing him [Sgt. Gabuya], we continue to live well. And thank you for giving honor to the fallen soldiers just like my son.)

Uniformed personnel who are wounded in action and beneficiaries of those killed in action are entitled to benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP). Aside from the cash benefits of Php 10,000.00 (WIA) and Php 15,000.00 (KIA), beneficiaries can receive monthly pension from ECC through the GSIS. The GSIS, along with the SSS, are the administering agencies of ECC.

RD Agravante assures workers and uniformed personnel who suffered work-related contingencies of the benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program through the intensive coordination of DOLE and ECC in the region.

“The Department ensure that safety and health in the workplace are in placed to safeguard our workers, but events like this ECC is ready to help and give benefits to affected workers,” added RD Agravante.

ECC is a government corporation attached to the Department of Labor and Employment that provides a package of benefits for public and private sector employees, uniformed personnel and their dependents in the event of work-connected contingencies such as sickness, injury, disability or death. End/KDaga/CDGamboa