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EMPLOYEES' COMPENSATION COMMISSION

ECC reminds Kasambahays of their ECP coverage


Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) Executive Director Stella ZipaganBanawis yesterday reiterated that kasambahays, being compulsory members of the
Social Security System (SSS), are also entitled to benefits under the Employees
Compensation Program (ECP) in the event of work-related sickness, injuries, diseases,
or even death.
Provision of social insurance through the ECP is part of the social protection afforded
by the Batas Kasambahay to local domestic workers, ECC Executive Director Stella
Zipagan-Banawis said.
Under the ECP, a kasambahay who got sick or injured as a result of a work-related
accident or disease and was unable to work because of such can claim for loss of
income benefit.
The kasambahay will be compensated for the disability that prevents him or her from
working, Banawis added.
Loss of income benefit is also paid for disabilities such as, but not limited to, physical or
functional loss of a body part.
He or she is also entitled to medical reimbursement which includes reimbursement of
the cost of medicines for a work-related illness o injury, payment to providers of medical
care, hospital care, surgical expenses, and the costs of rehabilitation appliances and
supplies.
The kasambahay is also entitled to receive a carers allowance in the form of a
supplemental pension worth P575 per month, if he or she suffers from a workconnected permanent partial or permanent total disability, Banawis explained.
He or she can also undergo free rehabilitation services in an ECC partner hospital, skills
training for re-employment or new employment, and entrepreneurship training to
facilitate his or her reintegration to the economic mainstream.
Furthermore, if the kasambahay died as a result of a work-related disease or accident,
his or her beneficiaries will receive monthly pension and a funeral benefit worth
P20,000, Banawis said.

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Meanwhile, Banawis emphasized that employers of kasambahay are required to have


and maintain an EC logbook where sickness, injuries, or death of their employees are
recorded and updated. Failure of the employer to keep a logbook, if they give false
information, or if they withhold material information already in their possession shall
make them liable for 50 percent of the lump sum equivalent of the income benefit of
their employee.
However, Banawis emphasized, a kasambahay can still claim for an EC benefit even
if his or her employer does not maintain an EC logbook.
In connection with this, Banawis encouraged all employers to enroll and register their
kasambahays under the SSS to ensure their ECP coverage.
Although their ECP coverage starts on the first day of work, the employers are
responsible to see it that the kasambahay is registered under the SSS and his or her
contributions are paid and up to date. Otherwise, the employer is liable for the lump
sum equivalent of the benefits the kasambahay or his or her dependents are entitiled
to, Banawis said.
The kasambahays social protection coverage such as ECP, SSS, Pagibig, and
PhilHealth are key provisions of Republic Act No. 10361, otherwise known as the
Domestic Workers Act, or Batas Kasambahay. It is a landmark legislation which seeks
to change the conditions of the domestic workers by institutionalizing their rights similar
to the rights of workers in the formal sector.
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