DOLE Seeks Hike in Cash Aid for Workers Who Suffered Work-Related Diseases & Injuries at Work
The Department of Labor Employment is now seeking an increase in cash aid for the employees with work-related diseases and injuries.
On Tuesday (December 22, 2020), Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is urging Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) to raise the compensation for workers suffering from illnesses and injuries related to work.
Bello said that it is already the time to increase the cash assistance for employees since ECC has over P90 billion in funds. He said that employees who have been infected by the coronavirus disease due to work will receive P10, 000 and hospitalization assistance.
“It’s high time that they should upgrade the assistance because this rate has been going for the past 20 years. So it’s high time we review this cash assistance to a more realistic and practicable rate,” Bello said.
The Labor Secretary explained that the affected employees may present their employment status and prove that its disease or accident they suffered while performing their duties.
“They can apply for it if they can show they are employees and that they met an accident during work or they got sick because of work then they will be entitled to this cash assistance,” Bello added.
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