By Samuel P. Medenilla
Family members of soldiers and policemen, who were injured or have died in the ongoing government operations to expel Maute group from Marawi City, will be getting faster aid from the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC).
In a board resolution, ECC has instructed the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to fast-track the release of the employees compensation for the uniformed personnel, who were wounded in action (WIA) or killed in action (KIA) in Marawi City.
“To honor their gallantry in the performance of their sworn duties, this Commission recognizes the need to effect a facilitative processing of the EC benefits for the uniformed personnel and/or their qualified beneficiaries who were wounded or killed in action,” ECC said.
ECC said GSIS is now crafting the guidelines for the implementation of their new board resolution and retrieving the names of those who will qualify for benefits.
The resolution was issued on June 14, 2017 and will take effect after GSIS completes its corresponding guidelines.
As of June 23, 2017, Malacañang reported there were at least 375 fatalities in the armed conflict in Marawi City. Sixty-nine of these fatalities were government troops.
ECC is an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), which provides compensation to workers, who were afflicted with work-related injuries and illnesses.
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