In Zamboanga, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) entered into an agreement with a Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings-member hospital for the rehabilitation of workers with work-related disabilities and sickness.
The MOA stated that DOLE through the ECC will shoulder the cost of the rehabilitation services by the West Metro to workers disabled by an accident at work or work-related sickness.
Those who are qualified to avail of the rehab services are workers who are members of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Social Security System (SSS).
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed by DOLE Regional Director Ofelia Domingo, Employees Compensation Commission (EEC) regional focal person Jerrick Gerald Go, and West Metro Medical Center (West Metro) president Ramon Diaz. The ECC is an attached agency of DOLE, while West Metro, operated by the Metro Pacific Zamboanga Hospital Corporation, is a member of the Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings.
“We are partnering with DOLE to tell people that this is available, the service of ECC is available to SSS and GSIS members. It’s an additional benefits, it will not cover all, but employees who have work related health problem can avail of this additional benefit,” Diaz said in an earlier report by the Philippine News Agency.
ECC is mandated by law to initiate policies and programs for the adequate occupational health and safety and accident prevention in the working environment, rehabilitation and other related programs and activities and to appropriate funds for the same.