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Employers urged to pay
workers’ EC contribution

The Employees’ Compensation Commission, the attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment is appealing to all employers to pay the EC contribution of workers, Ma. Celia Maulion, chief of Information and Publication Assistance Division, said yesterday.

Maulion, is in Bacolod City for the information seminar on Employees’ Compensation Program at the O’Hotel today, with Dr. Ma. Sarah Antonia Concepcion, and Alicia Borres who will discuss the preventive and rehabilitation services and compensatory aspect of ECP, respectively.

The ECC administers the Employees’ Compensation Program that covers work related sickness or injuries that result to disabilities or death of workers while at, going to, and coming from work, Maulion said.

ECP covers formal sector workers meaning employees with employer-employee relationship. Contractual, substitute, temporary workers are also entitled to the program, she said.

EC contribution is mandatory and the Social Security System and the Government Service Insurance System are the administering agencies for the private sector and public sector, respectively, she said.

The State Insurance Fund is separately managed by the SSS and the GSIS holds the contribution paid by the employers, so the workers must file their claims at these agencies.

The program also covers contractual, substitute, temporary, permanent workers, she added.

The EC contribution is mandatory and it is the legal obligation of the employer and it is an employer-based premium contribution, thus employees do not contribute a single centavo to the fund, Maulion said.

The contribution is not reflected on the pay slip of the workers because no deductions are made from their salaries and that it is the employers who pay the premium, she said, adding that the premium for a public worker is P100 monthly and P10 and P30 for the private worker depending on the salary rate of the company.

Meanwhile, Concepcion said that they have a list of occupational and compensable diseases under the ECP.

However, since 2009, only one worker was approved of a claim after suffering from stroke.

Concepcion said that it is difficult for a stroke patient to justify his claims if the accident is caused by stress from work or lifestyle-related, adding that stroke patients are mostly denied of EC claims.

The ECC is also eyeing a desk office in Iloilo City for employers, Maulion also said.*LTG

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