Davao City – Staff of Employees’ Compensation Commission 11 conducted hospital visits to Wounded In Action members of Philippine Army on June 14, 2017 at Camp Panacan Hospital and Metro Davao Medical and Research Center.

Last June 11, 2017 at around 2:00 O’clock in the morning, a troop of 16 Infantry Batallion responded to a report from a tipster about the alleged presence of armed men in Brgy. Paradise, Paquibato District, Davao City. While en route to the said location, the troops were ambushed by a number of armed men believed to be members of the New Peoples Army. Hence, an exchange of fire ensued that resulted to two killed and 6 wounded in action from the side of the Government troops.

Wounder In Action were 2Lt Ian Noel L. Calopez, Cpl Rocel Ocampo, PFC Jessie Baldonaza, PFC Ronnie Mar Rolluque, PFC Elwin S. Revilla, PFC Joemar P. Yogore. Meanwhile, CPL Casidy B. Uday and PFC Freddie J. Delos Santos succumbed during the encounter.

The visit was part of ECC’s Quick Response Program where the family of the Killed or Wounded army personnel are extended aides in kind and it is during which that they are informed of their Employees’ Compensation benefits.

“As mandated by Presidential Decree 626, Employees’ Compensation Commission accords uniformed personnel benefits such as burial and pension for those killed in action and medical and rehabilitation benefits for those wounded in action.” ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis remarks. Executive Director Banawis added that the intensified effort of the Commission to reach out all killed or wounded uniformed personnel is in consonance with President Duterte’s constant call for various agencies to provide uniformed personnel due assistance whenever they are killed or wounded during military operations in due cognizance of their dedication and service to the nation.

Col. Nelito C. Tan, PA,  Eastmincom’s ACUCS for personnel, expressed his gratitude for the quick response of ECC by conducting the hospital visit and introduction of the processes in the filing of EC claim to the family of killed and wounded soldiers. “Somehow, the efforts of Employees’ Compensation Commission boost the morale of every uniformed personnel and will make them more determined in pursuing their sworn duties for the country.” Col. Tan stated.

“Personally, I am thankful that there are government agencies like ECC that continuously advance our cause by affording us due assistance every time we get killed or wounded during military operations.” 2Lt Ian Noel Calopez, one of those wounded in action, remarks. He added that his family will not be left helpless if worst will happen to him.

The Regional Staff of the Employees’ Compensation Commission assured the family of the wounded and killed personnel of prompt facilitation of their EC claims such as EC funeral and survivorship pension for the family of the latter while EC medical reimbursements and other available EC programs for the wounded ones.