The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) on Friday said that employees from public and private sectors who were hospitalized because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can avail of the P10,000 cash assistance from the agency.
In an interview over DZMM, ECC Executive Director Stella Banawis also clarified that the processing of the cash benefit was only suspended as the budget for 2020 was already used up.
“Na-suspend po dahil nga sa nagkulang po ang ating budget for that pero sa ngayon po na 2021, meron na tayong bagong operating budget, pwede na pong mag-apply ng cash assistance. So, na-suspend lang po siya noong September dahil inubos po namin ang budget para sa 2020,” Banawis said.
Banawis added that the ECC did not anticipate the pandemic where many employees were affected by the virus.
“Lahat po ng nagkaroon ng COVID-19 dahil sa trabaho lalu na yung ating mga frontliner workers at health care workers, essential workers, na na-acquire nila yung COVID nila because of work or because of the working environment,” Banawis explained when asked who are entitled for the cash assistance.
According to Banawis, employees can avail of the cash assistance by downloading the application form either at the website of the Social Security System (SSS) for private workers and the website of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for state workers.
“Ang mga requirement na documents po doon ay yung application form, na nakukuha sa SSS, GSIS yung kanilang RT-PCR certificate coming from DOH-accredited testing centers. Nagkaroon po sila ng hospitalization, yung kanilang medical records sa hospital, yun po yung basic requirements,” according to Banawis.
Banawis added that the ECC is now releasing the checks of at least 8,000 employees who were affected by the suspension of the processing because of the depletion of the budget in 2020.
“Yun 8,000 na nakapag-aplay ng September 2020, halos lahat po iyon ay na-process na at kami ngayon ay nagre-release na ng mga tseke, kung minsan nga po yung mga tseke ng mga nurses sa hospital na hindi nakakapunta sa opisina namin, kami na po ang nagdadala sa mga hospitals, sa kanilang tseke na P10,000 para naman ma-faciliate ang kanilang benefits.
She said that employees whose application were rejected can refile their claim to the SSS and GSIS.
“Hindi po nag-stop ang EC claim, ang application po ay sa SSS at GSIS, sila po kasi yung ating implementing agencies, sila po yung nagrereceive ng application at sila yung nagpo-process ng EC claim,” she added.
Banawis said employees can file within three years after being hospitalized for COVID-19.
“Meron po silang tatlong taon para i-apply. Meron po tayong tayong prescriptive period na three years,” she said.
Banawis acknowledged that not all employees are aware that there is a P10,000 cash assistance.
“Sapat naman ang budget ng ECC, kung hindi naman po sapat, meron tayong supplemental budget na nare-request. We are discussing na mas mabilis yung processing nung ating mga application for cash assistance,” she noted.
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