The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has requested the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to give details on the compensation for workers who fell ill due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.
The request was made after the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) announced that COVID-19 has been recognized as one of the occupational and work-related diseases and those positive with infection can receive compensation from the government.
In a statement issued on Monday, May 3, CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia said it is important for the DOLE to explain the details of the ECC’s announcement.
“Panawagan ng CHR na agaran nang mailabas ang mga detalye kung papaano ito ipatutupad, maging ang tukoy na halaga na maaaring asahang tulong, (The CHR called for the immediate release of details on how to implement it, as well as the specific amount of assistance that can be expected),” De Guia said.
She said the CHR has expressed hopes that the government will come up with more programs and mechanisms that respond to the needs of Filipino workers, particularly when it comes to their health care.
These programs should include safe and effective vaccination against COVID-19, as well as protection and compensation appropriate to the type of work and risk they take on a daily basis, she stressed.
At the same time, she said the CHR has urged the government to place its focus on the country’s growing unemployment problem.
“Marami pa rin ang walang trabaho at hindi makapagtrabaho dulot ng pinaigting na quarantine. Mababatid ang patuloy na paghihikahos ng mga tao sa dami ng mga pumipila araw-araw sa mga community pantries, (Many are still unemployed and unable to work due to the intensified quarantine. The continuing poverty of the people can be seen in the number of them queuing every day in the community pantries),” she stressed.