In an effort to provide a meaningful package of services to persons with work-related disabilities (PWRDs), the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has recently increased the amount of its livelihood starter kit to P20,000-P30,000 from its previous amount of P10,000.
The Commission also increased the amount of the transportation and meal allowance from the previous P250 a day to P500 a day.
The said increases were provided for under ECC Board Resolution Nos. 18-02-06 and 18-02-05.
Under the Rehabilitation Services of the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP), a PWRD is provided with a balanced program of remedial treatment, vocational assessment, and preparation designed to meet their individual needs to help their reintegration into the economic mainstream.
“The transportation and meal allowance is provided to those PWRDs provided with free physical therapy sessions or skills/entrepreneurial training sessions,” ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said.
“As part of the rehabilitation services of the ECP, PWRDs who availed of the skills and entrepreneurial training are also provided with starter kits,” Banawis added.
She further explained that the increases in the amount of the livelihood starter kit and transportation and meal allowance are ECC’s way of ensuring that the ECP’s package of benefits takes into consideration different economic duress such as inflationary trends in living costs and that the amount of grant is enough for the PWRD to establish a profitable and sustainable business.
“If we really want our PWRDs to start a sustainable livelihood undertaking, we need to provide them, not only with the necessary skills, but with the sufficient amount of tools and equipment that will make their businesses at par with their competitors,” Department of Labor and Employment Secretary and ECC Chairperson Silvestre H. Bello III said.