Self-employed workers ,who are members of the Social Security System (SSS), will benefit from compensation program, Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said.
Employees’ Compensation Program (ECP) will extend its health and welfare compensation benefits to self-employed workers.
Moreover, report from Business World stated that ECP does not only compensate worker’s welfare but also their dependents in case of work-related sickness, injuries and even death.
“We recognize that most self-employed members of the SSS are also workers who need to be protected in time of work-connected sickness, injuries, or death,” Mr. Bello, who also sits as the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) chair, said.
Former ECP only includes employees in private and public sectors yet the present ECP will include self-employed beneficiaries of SSS in order to serve more Filipino workers,
Based on the report, “self-employed workers qualified for the ECP must be SSS members and have a monthly income of at least P2,000. The worker must also not be over 60 years old during the time of the initial coverage”.
Self-Employed SSS Beneficiaries that are Included to Employees’ Compensation Program
Accordingly, DoLE listed the following as self-employed SSS beneficiaries who are automatically entitled to the ECP:
“Self-employed professionals who have their own business offices; Partners, single proprietors of businesses, and Directors or Trustees of the Board of corporations duly registered with appropriate government agencies; Actors, directors, scriptwriters, and news correspondents who do not fall within the definition of the term ‘employee’ in Section 8(D) of the SSS Law; Professional athletes, coaches, trainers, jockeys, individual farmers, and fisherfolk; Workers in the informal sector such as market and ambulant vendors, transport workers, and those similarly situated; Contractual and job order personnel engaged by the government through a Contract of Service and who are not covered under the GSIS Law; and, any other self-employed as determined by the Social Security Commission is subject for compulsory coverage, if for initial membership.”