DOLE offers cash compensation to persons with work-related disability

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has allocated funds for the rehabilitation, occupational therapy and livelihood to employees with work-related disabilities.

Under DOLE’s Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), any person or employee who was diagnosed with work-related sickness or illness is entitled to receive services and assistance from the Katulong at Gabay sa Manggagawang may Kapansanan (KaGabay) Program.

The ECC, through its Regional Extension Unit IV-A (ECC-REU 4A), has awarded kit and cash assistance worth P30,000 to a laborer Lovely Supremo, 37 years old, from Biñan, Laguna who was diagnosed of work-related sickness of bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome on March 2019.

“Those who have approved EC (employees compensation) benefits can approach or contact ECC offices to avail said services. Under the EC KaGabay Program, persons with work-related disabilities can receive free rehabilitation services such as physical/occupational therapy, assistive devices, or livelihood training,” says DOLE-ECC statement posted on their social media on Monday, Aug. 22.

The DOLE’s ECC on Monday, Aug. 22, conducted an online public assistance to employees who have compensation-related inquiries.

Dubbed EC-Online Public Assistance (EC-OPA), employees with compensation concerns will no longer need to go personally to ECC offices for inquiries and filing of compensation with their employers.

“If you have questions about the Employees' Compensation Program, prepare the questions and log in to the zoom link so that our OPArtners can assist you via zoom,” the ECC said.

The agency however, noted that acceptance of virtual EC clients via Zoom is on a first come, first-served basis. Inquiries can also entertained through with the meeting ID of (840 4855 3354) and passcode: ECOA. (Jun Marcos Tadios)