Davao City – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XI through the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has recently awarded EC funeral benefit to the families of those who perished during the NCCC Mall Fire last December 2017.

DOLE XI Assistant Regional Director Evelyn Ramos, together with SSS Branch heads, Jose Catoto Jr. and Mary Ellen Estoque respectively, led the EC funeral Check distribution last Friday, February 2, 2018 at DOLE XI WODP Hall.

During the fire last December 23, 2018, 38 employees, 37 of which were call center agents, succumbed to death due to fire incident in NCCC Mall in Davao City.

ECC granted each of the families P30, 000 as EC funeral benefit. Ensuing is the EC survivorship pension to the spouse or parents and children below 21 years of age. Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment XI awarded all the beneficiary families with livelihood package in the amount of P20, 000 in the form of starter kits and Special Employment for their children.

One of the beneficiaries, Jexter Generales whose wife Regine Generales died during the incident, shared that he is thankful for this assistance given by DOLE XI and ECC.

“Dako kaayo akong pasalamat ani nga tabang nga gihatag nila sa amoa (I am very thankful with this assistance that they have given to us),” he said

DOLE XI Assistant Regional Director Ramos emphasized during her welcome remarks that DOLE and ECC go hand in hand in catering the needs of every victim of work-connected contingency such as what happened to those who unfortunately perished during the fire.

Verna Liza Kimpo, sister of the victim Venus Joy Kimpo, expressed appreciation and gratitude to ECC and DOLE over the assistance extended for the bereaved families. “Though no amount can appease the grief caused by the loss of their loved ones, the aid granted by the ECC and DOLE greatly helps the family to cope with our loss.” she added.

Mr. Catoto Jr., SSS Davao branch head, assured the families of expedited facilitation of the EC death benefit. #