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ECC Info Drive Goes Hinterland

Tagum City - The Employees' Compensation Commission (ECC) provided a comprehensive awareness on EC Programs on the outskirts of Davao del Norte province. Given an orientation were the sixty (60) members of the 4th Scout Ranger Company at Brgy. San Agustin, Tagum City on 07 February 2020. 

The effort was consistent with the long-standing directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to ensure the maximum social protection for the PNP and AFP members as espoused in the Comprehensive Social Benefits Programs (CSBP). President Duterte reiterated on various occasions that due regard should be given for the service of soldiers and policemen through grant of benefits due them in times of contingencies.

“The ECC has taken cognizance of the valuable service of our men and women in uniform. Thus, it is just appropriate that the awareness of their entitlements under our Programs should know no bounds.” Stella Zipagan-Banawis, ECC Executive Director, expressed. She added that the Commission remains resolute in its pursuit in informing every uniformed personnel of their benefits under the EC Programs.

The need to conduct the said information drive was brought about by the fact that the 4th Scout Ranger Company was among the first military units deployed during the invasion of Marawi by the Maute and Abu Sayyaf group last May, 2017. Accordingly, the war lasted for five months and claimed 168 killed in action and 1400 wounded in action among government forces.  

During the lecture, the attendees were apprised on the different EC benefits such as 30,000 burial claim, lifetime pension for the surviving spouse, 15,000 or 10,000 cash assistance for the killed and wounded in action respectively, provision of assistive devices for the loss of limbs, disability benefits and livelihood assistance.

“In behalf of the entire 4th Scout Ranger Company, I welcome the commendable endeavor of ECC in reaching out to us in spite of the concomitant danger in coming to our camp.” Capt. Reymal M. Lopez, INF, the Commanding Officer, stated in his closing remarks. He added that 17 members of the unit, including him, have availed of the cash assistance under the EC Programs after they were wounded in actions during the Marawi siege. ECC-REUXI

Raymundo Agravante

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