PIA News Service - Thursday, November 15, 2012


ECC reiterates employers’ responsibilities under Employees’ Compensation Program

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA) – An official of the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) reminded employers that that they must comply with requirements under the Employees’ Compensation Program.

ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis said employer must remit contributions to the State Insurance Fund (SIF) which is administered by the Social Security System (SSS) for the private sector and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for the government sector.

Penalty for failure to do so ranges from P1,000 to P10,000 and/or imprisonment for the duration of the violation on non-compliance.

Private employers remit an employees compensation contribution of P10 per employee every month for employees with monthly salary credit (MSC) of P14,500 and below, and P30 per employee every month for employees with MSC of P15,000.

Government agencies remit monthly contribution of P100 per employee every month. The SSS and the GSIS manage these funds through wise investments and bank deposit placements.

Banawis said every employer and every employee shall be registered with the SSS or GSIS. Failure or refusal by an employer to register his employees is punishable by a fine of not less than P1,000.00 nor more than P10,000.00 and/or imprisonment for the duration of the violation or non-compliance.

In case a compensable contingency occurs after 30 days from employment and before the System receives any report for coverage about the employee or EC contribution on his behalf, his employer shall be liable to the System for the lump sum equivalent of the benefits to which he or his dependents may be entitled.

Also, the employer shall comply with safety and health laws and shall take necessary precautions for the prevention of work-related disability or death. In case an employee gets injured or dies due to failure by the employer to comply with safety devices requirement, the employer shall pay a penalty of 25 percent of the lump sum equivalent of the income benefit due to the employee.

Meanwhile, the employer is required to maintain a logbook to record chronologically the sickness, injury or death of his employees, stating the names, dates, and place and nature of the contingency as well as the number of days that the employee was unable to report for work due to work-related illness or injury. Notifications of such contingencies to the SSS andGSIS shall be made within 5 days from the date of the contingency.

Banawis said no contract, regulation or device whatsoever shall operate to deprive the employee or dependents of any part of the EC program compensation package. Existing medical services being provided by the employer shall be maintained and continue to be enjoyed by his employees. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


ECC officials intensify Quick Response Team Program

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA) -- The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) has been continuously intensifying its Quick Response Team Program (QRTP) in times of contingencies in the regions.

This was announced by ECC Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis, during the press conference held Wednesday in one of the local hotels here.

Joining Dir. Banawis in the panel are Ms. Cecil Maulion, ECC Chief of Information and Public Assistance Division, and Dr. Sarah Concepcion, Medical Officer III of ECC.

Banawis said that the ECC extends assistance to private and public sector employees or their dependents in the event of work-related sickness, injury or death.

“The ECC believes that there is a need for its presence to be felt as soon as the contingency occurs. It is on this premise that the ECC-QRTP was created,” Banawis added.

The ECC-QRTP provides immediate help to workers who suffer from work-connected contingencies or their families who have to deal with work accidents or sudden onset of occupational disease or death, in the form of psycho-social counseling and assistance in the filing of EC claim with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) or the Social Security System (SSS).

Banawis further said that the following are covered with the program: 1) Workers who are members of the GSIS or compulsory members of the SSS; and 2) Sea-based Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Also, the following are the benefits and services of the program: 1) Psycho-social counseling and stress-debriefing to victims and their families to help them cope with the contingency; 2) Information on the Employees Compensation Program and the ECC-QRTP; 3) Assistance in the processing of EC requirements; and 4) Facilitation on the prompt release/payment of the EC benefits to worker/beneficiary.

Meanwhile, Banawis encouraged the employees in the private and public sectors to file for their claims at ECC whenever contingencies occur and assured that ECC will immediately act on it.

The ECC is a government corporation attached to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for policy coordination and guidance. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Surigao del Sur free from red tide toxin, BFAR says

By Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 15 (PIA) -- Bislig Bay in Surigao del Sur is negative from red tide toxin, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Caraga said in its latest Shellfish Bulletin dated Nov. 8, 2012.

BFAR said based on laboratory results, all shellfish around the area of Surigao del Sur are safe for human consumption.

The agency, however, warned that shellfish from the waters of Dumanquillas Bay, Zamboanga del Sur, Murchelagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison, and all kinds of shellfish are not safe for consumption.

With these developments, BFAR reminded the people avoid consuming shellfish from the infected areas. They also said fish, squid, shrimps and crabs are safe to eat but must be properly prepared and provided that the fish is fresh and washed thoroughly. Internal organs, gills and its intestines must also be removed before cooking.

The country's fish bureau said people must be vigilant in buying seafood in the market to avoid any complications. (RER/NCLM/PIA 13-Caraga)


Tagalog News: MiRC tatalakayin ang adbokasiya para sa microinsurance

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Nob. 15 (PIA) -- Pangungunahan ng Microinsurance Resource Center (MiRC) ang isang araw na pagpupulong upang talakayin ang mga mahuhusay na adbokasiya at mga pagbabago sa pag-access sa microinsurance na gaganapin ngayong Nobyembre 21, 2012 sa AVR 2FSUUCollege Building South, ng lungsod.

Ang MiRC ay nabuo sa pamamagitan ng pakikipag-ugnayan ng Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) at German Development Cooperative – Microinsurance Innovations Program for Social Security.

Ayon kay MiRC manager Ivy Gamotin-Flores ang Microinsurance ay isang sector sa pilipinas na ay nananatiling progresibo sa pamamagitan ng inisyatibo ng pamahalaan sa pakikipag-ugnayan ng insurance industry at development actors.

“Ang MiRC ay tumatanaw pabalik sa kung ano man ang mga natapos na pati na mga bagay na kailangan sa hinaharap,” dagdag niya.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon maaari nilang kontakin sa Mr. Ian Sabado sa numerong (085) 341-3890. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Pangulong Aquino mitudlo og duha ka bag-ong mga miyembro sa Career Executive Service Board

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 15 (PIA) --Si Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III mitudlo og duha ka bag-ong mga miyembro ngadto sa Career Executive Service Board (CESB), matud ni Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda sa iyang anunsiyo kagahapon.

Matud pa ni Lacierda nga gitudlo sa Pangulo sila Nieves Osorio ug Charito Elegir ngadto sa CESB isip hulip nila outgoing CESB Chair Bernardo Abesamis ug kanhi CESB member Proseso Domingo.

Si Osorio, mikuha sa iyang Master of Business Administration ug Bachelor’s degree in Statistics gikan sa University of the Philippines-College of Business Administration, usa ka eksperinsiyado sa public executive sa natad sa public finance ug energy.

Siya nagserbisyo isip President ug Chief Executive officer sa Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (Hulyo 2005 ngadto Pebrero 2007),Undersecretary of the Department of Finance (2001-2005), Director of Budget Bureau sa Department of Budget and Management (1988-1995), Executive Vice President ug Chief Operating Officer sa Philippine National Oil Company (1996-2001), Chief Operating Officer sa Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (1995-1995), faculty member sa University of the Philippines (172), Assistant national Treasurer for Debt Clearing Office sa Bureau of Treasury, diin siya nagserbisyo gikan sa tuig 1984 hangtod 1988.

Sa kasamtangan siya maoy Vice Chairman sa Board of Trustees sa Philippine Social Science Council. Siya usab maoy Vice Chairman sa Board of Trustees sa Mary Johnston Hospital sukad niadtong tuig 2008 ug Vice President sa Center for Developmental Intervention Foundation, Inc. sukad niadtong 2007.

Samtang sa laing bahin, si Elegir, dili na estranyo sa panerbisyo uban ang mga lideres sa Pilipinas ug sulod sa Malacañang kay siya maoy kanhi Deputy Head sa Presidential Management Staff (2002-2009), Undersecretary (2003-2009), Assistant Secretary (1998-2003), Presidential Staff Director IV (1990-1998),
Presidential Staff Director III (1980-1990), ug Supervising Presidential Staff Officer (1978-1980).

Siya mikuha sa iyang Master of Science in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries gikan sa London School of Economics ug Political Science didto sa United Kingdom (1990-1991) ug Masters of Arts in Economic Research/Corporate Planning gikan sa Center for Research and Communication (1976-1978).

Siya mikuha sa iyang Bachelor of Science in Commerce sa University of Santo Tomas niadtong 1964. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Cebuano news: Pilipinas dawaton ang suporta sa Amerika aron maresulba ang isyu sa West Philippine Sea

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Nob. 15 (PIA) -- Bisan unsa nga suporta aron masunod ang rule of law alang sa pag resulba sa away sa West Philippine Sea mahimong dakong tabang kini alang sa adbokasiya sa Pilipinas nga malinawong maresulba ang maong away, sulti sa opisyales sa foreign affairs kagahapon.

Sa media briefing didto sa Malacañang alang sa pagtambong ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III sa 21st ASEAN Summit didto sa Cambodia, si Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Raul Hernandez miingon nga ang pag-abag ni US President Barack Obama alang sa malinawon nga pagresulba sa maong isyu usa ka dakong kalamboan alang sa ASEAN ug sa Pilipinas.

“Being one of the dialogue partners, it would enhance the relationship between the US and ASEAN and I think the focus is really on ASEAN and its relationship with the United States,” matud ni Hernandez.

“Whatever help the dialogue partners—including the US—(can give) in trying to pursue a peaceful settlement of issues in the West Philippine Sea, in accordance with the international law particularly the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, would be a great help to our advocacy,” dugang pa niya.

Si Hernandez nagkanayon nga sila naglaom og positbong mga kalamboan dili lamang sa West Philippine Sea isyu apan lakip na sa East Sea, nga mao usab ang conflict area tali sa Japan ug Cambodia.

Matud ni Hernandez wala siya makaseguro unsa ka taas ang mamahimong diskusyon mahitungod sa maong mga maritime issues, apan ang pinaka-importante mao ang pokus sa Pilipinas sa pagtuki alang sa malinawon nga pagresulba sa maong isyu subay sa international law partikular na ang United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea o UNCLOS, matud pa niya.

Lakip sa motambong sa maong 21st ASEAN Summit mao ang lideres sa Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, ang Republic of South Korea, Russia ug ang United States. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)