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DOLE: People in uniform covered by Employees’ Compensation program

Job seekers search through available work and fill up forms during a job fair in Manila. The country’s unemployment rate jumped to a three-year high 7.5 percent in April, the statistics office said on Tuesday, despite a 7.8 percent annual GDP growth in the first quarter, the fastest pace in Asia. (MNS photo)

Job seekers search through available work and fill up forms during a job fair in Manila. The country’s unemployment rate jumped to a three-year high 7.5 percent in April, the statistics office said on Tuesday, despite a 7.8 percent annual GDP growth in the first quarter, the fastest pace in Asia. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – While they have a separate retirement and benefits system from civilian government employees, members of the uniformed services are still covered by the Employees’ Compensation program.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) gave this reassurance over the weekend as it cited queries from members of the uniformed services.

“ECC Executive Director Stella Banawis has reported the ECC has been receiving a lot of queries from uniformed members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology as to their EC coverage since they have their separate retirement and benefits system,” said DOLE Secretary and Employees’ Compensation Commission Board chairperson Rosalinda Baldoz in a news release.

She said the Government Service Insurance System Law, or Republic Act No. 8291, does not cover members of the AFP and the PNP.

AFP, BJMP, BFP, and PNP personnel are covered by separate social insurance services – the AFP Retirement and Separation Benefits System (RSBS), PNP Police Retirement Benefit Service, BFP Retirement and Benefits Administrative Service, and the BJMP Retirement and Benefits Administration Service.

However, she said uniformed personnel are covered by the ECC which is administered by the GSIS.

“Thus, in the event of work-connected sickness, injury, or death of said covered employees, they, or their beneficiaries, may file an EC claim at any GSIS branch nearest their places of work or residences,” a DOLE news release said.

The EC benefits include:

loss of income benefits or sickness benefit

medical benefit

carer’s allowance

rehabilitation services such as physical restoration, skills training for re-employment and entrepreneurship training under the ECC-KaGabay Program. (MNS)

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