From the Manila Bulletin (Jun 15, 2020): AFP assures adequate pay, benefits for personnel (By Martin Sadongdong)
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) to ensure that its 193,000-strong personnel are provided with sufficient remuneration.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) (MANILA BULLETIN)
General Felimon Santos Jr., AFP Chief of Staff, spearheaded the signing of the pact with ECC representatives, led by Stella Zipagan-Banawis, executive director, and lawyer Jonathan Villasoto, deputy executive director, at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
Under the agreement, Santos said that continuous dialogues with AFP units, offices, and commands will be facilitated by the ECC for the implementation of programs and services that the military and civilian employees need.
The ECC will also conduct seminars on the Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP), a package of benefits given to employees and their dependents in the event of work-connected contingencies such as sickness, injury, disability or death.
“Through this memorandum of agreement, both the AFP and ECC will ascertain that AFP personnel are well-informed of their rights, privileges, and benefits, which they are entitled to,” Santos said.
“The initiated policies and guidelines in this program ensure that privileges and benefits are received by everyone who deserves it. This is a great advantage for our soldiers that their welfare is being promoted through the ECC’s advocacies,” he added.
ECC is a government corporation attached to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for policy coordination and guidance.
It is mandated to ensure that every Filipino employee is well-compensated whether they work for public or private sector.
Santos said the agreement will take effect upon the approval and signing of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.