Binabati ko po si President Rodrigo Duterte for signing Administrative Order No. 39 which grants a one-time financial assistance of PhP20,000.00 to Employees’ Compensation (EC) pensioners for permanent partial or total disability and survivorship, in both the private and public sectors.
Nararapat lamang natin silang suportahan at bigyan ng alternatibong mapagkukunan ng panggastos para sa kanilang pang-araw-araw na pangangailangan. Kaya naman nagpapasalamat at kinokomendahan natin si Pangulong Duterte sa pag-issue n’ya ng AO na ito.
The issuance of the AO came after the Employees’ Compensation Commission approved the proposal to grant the said assistance due to undue financial hardships and prolonged economic impact of the pandemic on the pensioners.
The ECC is mandated to implement the Employees’ Compensation Program which provides a package of benefits for public and private sector employees and their dependents in the event of work-connected sickness, injury, disability or death. In addition, the ECC may also upgrade benefits and add new ones, subject to approval of the President.
Under the AO, the ECC will be authorized to grant a one-time financial assistance of PhP20,000.00 to EC pensioners for permanent partial disability, permanent total disability and survivorship, both in the private and public sectors.
Notably, the amounts necessary to cover the one-time financial assistance shall be sourced from the reserves of the EC State Insurance Fund that the Social Security System and Government Services Insurance System administer under the country’s EC Program.
The AO also directs the ECC, SSS and GSIS to issue the implementing rules and regulations for its effective implementation.
As the pandemic heightens the vulnerabilities of persons with disabilities, Go urged the government to further consider other interventions and strengthen efforts to address their needs and concerns.
Sa panahong ito ng pandemya, dapat lamang paigtingin ng gobyerno ang suporta nito sa mga PWDs dahil isa sila sa mga pinaka-apektado ng mga social and economic impacts ng Covid-19.
To support PWDs amid the pandemic, kailangan po i-ensure ang accessibility of public health measures and services to them at gawing PWD-friendly. Kailangan rin pong i-improve ang delivery of its services by using assistive technology that would further improve the access of Filipinos with disabilities to public services.
Huwag po nating papabayaan ang mga kababayan nating PWDs. Tuparin natin ang ating pangako sa kanila na walang Pilipinong mapag-iiwanan sa landas tungo sa pag-ahon ng bansa mula sa Covid-19.
Finally, I am appealing to the private sector to provide reasonable work arrangements for their employees with disabilities and conduct reasonable adjustments in the workplace to protect their welfare.