DOLE Urges ECC to Raise Compensation for Work-Related Illnesses
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urges the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) to raise the salary package for workers who may suffer from work-related illnesses or injuries.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello states that the compensation extended to frontliners or other workers who died or suffered injuries during work is too small.
According to DOLE, the ECC has released approximately ₱827 million worth of compensation for 80,000 workers this year. They have also granted cash assistance amounting to ₱20.7 million to almost 2,000 frontliners who sustained injuries or died due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bello expressed, “Look at ECC. They have ₱90 billion. [Do] you know how the ECC increased their money? They give very little to workers. Imagine, we are talking about employees’ compensation. How much are they giving? ₱10,000. You can’t even buy medicine [with that]. It should be more.”
Bello continued that the ₱90 billion funds of the ECC being deposited in banks earn considerable interest. Such earnings should allow them to provide larger compensation.
Bello suggests that ECC should grant a minimum of at least ₱50,000 to workers who suffer injuries or death while performing their workplace duties.
The ECC is mandated to provide compensation for workers in both the public and private sectors in the event of work-related contingencies.
Previously, Bello also appealed to the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) to consider setting ₱6,000 as the minimum wage for house helpers nationwide.