Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III believes the P10,000 cash assistance under the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) to employees found positive of COVID-19 should be increased.
“It’s a mere P10,000 that’s why there’s a need to increase the benefits of workers,” he said in a virtual press briefing Thursday, Dec. 17.
“The minimum should be P50,000 when a worker gets sick and not just P10,000,” added Bello.
The labor chief is also convinced that the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has enough funds for this.
“It has P90 billion funds that is available to benefit employees,” said Bello.
Meanwhile, the Labor chief reported that the ECC has released P827 million to some 80,000 workers.
Bello said it also granted P20.7 million cash assistance for COVID-19 cases to more than 2,000 frontline workers.
ECC is an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), which provides a package of benefits to employees who met work-connected sickness or injury which resulted to disability or death.