The Churchpeople-Workers Solidarity (CWS) Cavite held a discussion on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and Employees Compensation Program (ECP) on March 17, 2013 at Marian Hall of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Rosario, Cavite.

The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) which workers knew very little about is a government agency under the umbrella of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) mandated by law to compensate workers during work-related contingencies.

Ms. Alicia Borres, Information Offficer III of the ECC was the resource speaker in the classroom discussion sponsored by the CWS-Cavite that aims to educate workers on the benefits of the ECP and how to avail such.

Ms. Borres was not surprised when she learned that all of her listeners in the classroom discussion were first timers and admitted that only a handful of companies located inside the Cavite Economic Zones (CEZ) have invited them to conduct discussions and trainings. She even encouraged the workers to brag to their human resource personnel that they attended a seminar on ECP.

Ms. Borres entertained numerous questions from the workers. She also advised workers regarding their claims under the ECP like the case of Conrado Orpilla, Jr.

Orpilla who is currently on leave, is working at Vinox Corporation, sister company of Enlin Steel Corporation, E N Corporation, and CQS Steel Corporation. His fingers swelled and got a few stitches in the arm after his glove was accidentally pulled by the screw of the drilling machine.

Ms. Borres advised Orpilla on how to file his claim and send a letter of appeal to ECC in Makati should the Social Security System (SSS) Office in CEZ deny his claim.