Davao City – The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) extended cash assistance to members of 4th Scout Ranger Company who were wounded in action when Marawi was sieged by the ISIS-inspired Maute and Abu Sayyaf group.

Given on September 14, 2019, each of the twelve (12) Wounded in Action (WIA) troopers received 10,000 Pesos cash assistance under the Quick Response Program (QRP) of ECC at the 4th SRC, 2nd SRB, FSRR, PA, San Agustin, Tagum City.

Receiving the assistance during the second anniversary celebration of camp were Jhosua Tamayo, Eduardo Narag III, Dee-Jay Alan, Warren Suello, John John Germono, Rocelito Aliparo, Reymal Lopez, Robert Dalang, Reynan Manalad, John Aries Galleno, Delven Daguia and Alvin Latorgo.

In May 2017, a bloody war erupted when the Maute and Abu Sayyaf group invaded and occupied several places in Marawi. The war lasted for five months and claimed hundreds of lives among government forces.  Accordingly, the military suffered 168 Killed in Action and 1,400 Wounded in Action.

“The cash assistance extended to us by the Employees’ Compensation Commission indicated the Government’s appreciation on the sacrifices that we put forth in performing our sworn duties for the country.”, First Lieutenant Reymal Lopez, team leader of the 4th Scout Ranger Company remarked. He added that they are grateful not on the amount granted by the EC programs but on the thought that their service to the country is valued.

Integral part of the EC Programs is the granting of 10,000 pesos for every wounded and 15,000 pesos for every killed in action. This is in addition to the various EC benefits that can be claimed at the GSIS. The cash assistance is pursuant with the provision under the ECC Quick Response Program.

Stella Zipagan-Banawis, the ECC Executive Director, explained that through the EC Programs the men and women in uniform are assured of a continuous assistance for their dependents in case a contingency arises. “EC Benefits signify the people’s appreciation on the imperative contribution of the military to the country’s peace and progress.” she added. (ECC-REUXI)

CASH ASSISTANCE. Scout Ranger personnel proudly show the EC Cash assistance in check they received handed by the staff of ECC XI.