By Erma Edera
The survivors of the collapsed supermarket in Porac, Pampanga have already received financial aid from the government, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the cash assistance worth P10,000 each was already given to the victims from the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC).
The financial assistance was received by five family members of the victims in San Fernando, Pampanga on May 1.
The family members who received the cash assistance on behalf of the recuperating workers were Edgardo Martin for his daughter Ma. Lourdes, a saleslady; Diane Gonzales for her husband Jonie, a bagger; Remedios Corpuz for her daughter Rhinalyn, a checker, Lorielyn Tating for her daughter Ivone, an office staff; and Tony Facun for his daughter Desiree, also an office staff.
Some of the victims are still recuperating in hospitals, two weeks after the 6.1 magnitude quake hit Pampanga.
Two workers had their legs amputated while the rest suffered multiple fractures.
Bello said that the cash assistance was part of the quick response program of the ECC to provide immediate help to employees with work-related contingencies.
Aside from cash assistance, the victims also received some grocery items from the ECC.
The workers’ assistance was part of the ECC’s Rehabilitation of the Persons with Work-Related Disability (PWRDs) Program which facilitates the integration of PWRDs into the economic mainstream through various interventions such as the ECC-Quick Response to PWRDs, psycho-social counseling services, medical help and assistance in the filing of the necessary claims.
The program also offers the KAGABAY Project, or the “Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang May Kapansanan” which provides vocational skills and entrepreneurial training and other employment or job placement assistance, as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and provision of rehabilitation appliances.