SSS Employee’s Compensation (EC) Program

The Social Security System (SSS) Employee’s Compensation (EC) Program serves as a foundational support system for Filipino workers and their dependents in the face of work-related illnesses, injuries, or death. Established in 1957 and rooted in Presidential Decree No. 626, this program underscores the Philippines’ commitment to safeguarding the welfare and rights of its labor force. It is designed to provide comprehensive financial assistance and medical care during times of unexpected hardship, offering a safety net that contributes to the social stability and economic security of the working population. The program is an integral part of the broader social insurance landscape in the Philippines, which encompasses assistance from SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG Fund, as well as maternity and paternity leaves among others.

Targeted at the private sector workers, including self-employed individuals as expanded by the ECC in March 2019, the EC Program encompasses a range of aid such as income support during temporary or permanent disability, funeral and death assistance, as well as medical services, appliances, and rehabilitation services. Eligibility hinges on having at least one posted SSS contribution and the timely notification of the said agency in the event of a sickness, injury, or death. The process for availing of these is streamlined into straightforward steps, from determining eligibility to receiving assistance, aimed at providing immediate relief and support. Recent updates have further widened coverage, including temporary government workers through the KaSSSangga Collect Program, underscoring ongoing efforts to include more Filipinos under this protective umbrella. Through such initiatives, the SSS Employee’s Compensation Benefit reinforces its role as a crucial component of the nation’s commitment to its workers’ health, security, and overall well-being.

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What is the SSS Employee’s Compensation Benefit?

The Social Security System Employee’s Compensation (EC) Program in the Philippines is an important government program that supports workers and their dependents in case of work-related illnesses, injuries, or death. This program ensures that affected individuals receive appropriate assistance to aid their recovery or support their families in the event of a worker’s passing.

Significance of this Benefit

The Social Security System’s Employee’s Compensation Benefit in the Philippines is a  unique social insurance program, established in 1957, that safeguards private sector workers against work-related contingencies such as sickness, injury, disability, or death. It operates under the legislative framework of Presidential Decree No. 626, ensuring that employees are compensated for work-connected accidents or illnesses. This program is part of the Philippines’ commitment to uphold the welfare and rights of its labor force, as mandated by the Constitution and labor laws, which include a range of assistance from the SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG Fund, to maternity and paternity leave, among others. The significance of the EC Benefit lies in its role in providing financial support and medical care to employees and their families during times of unexpected hardship, thereby contributing to the social stability and economic security of Filipino workers.

Legal Basis

The Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) issued Board Resolution No. 19-03-05 in March 2019, expanding the EC Program coverage to include Self-Employed Members of the SSS. This expansion ensures that more Filipinos have access to the benefits, underlining the government’s commitment to worker protection.


Self-employed members can enjoy the following aid under the EC Program:

  • Income Benefit: Daily cash allowance for temporary total disability or sickness; monthly pension for permanent total disability; and compensation for permanent partial disability.
  • Funeral Benefit: A fixed amount of PHP 30,000 for funeral expenses.
  • Death Benefit: Monthly pension or cash benefit for the beneficiaries of a deceased member.

Medical Services, Appliances, and Supplies

  • Reimbursement for medicine costs, medical care, hospital care, surgical expenses, and necessary appliances and supplies.

Rehabilitation Services

  • Includes a wide range of services aimed at restoring the member to suitable employment and developing their mental, vocational, or social potential.

Eligibility / Qualifications

To qualify for the different support under the EC Program, members must have at least one posted contribution and the agency must be duly notified of the sickness, injury, or death.


  • Notification: The employer must be notified of the member’s sickness, injury, or death within five days from the occurrence of the contingency.
  • Employer’s Logbook: A certified true copy of the page of the company logbook containing the entry for the particular sickness or accident.
  • Medical Documents: Medical findings from the attending doctor or hospital records.
  • Death Certificate: If the claim is for death assistance.
  • Marriage Contract: If the claimant is the legal spouse of the deceased worker.
  • Birth Certificates: Of the deceased worker if single, or of children below 21 years old.
  • Certificate of Employment: Including a description of actual duties and responsibilities performed by the worker at the time of the contingency.

How the SSS EC Program Works

The program operates by providing immediate and comprehensive financial assistance to members facing work-related contingencies. This includes a straightforward process for filing claims and receiving aid, ensuring support when it’s most needed.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Benefit from the EC Program

  1. Determine Eligibility: Immediately assess if your situation matches the EC Program’s criteria, focusing on work-related sickness or injury leading to disability or death.
  2. Gather Required Documents: Time varies; collect necessary documents like medical reports and employment records. Ensure all details are accurate to prevent delays.
  3. Submit Claim: File your claim within three years from the contingency date at any SSS branch, emphasizing prompt and well-documented submissions for a higher success rate.
  4. SSS Processing: Processing time depends on the claim type; it’s around 5 days for Temporary Total Disability and up to 33 days for a Death Pension. The complexity of your case and current claim volume may influence processing speed.
  5. Receive Benefits: Upon approval, benefits are usually given through direct payment or reimbursement. Update your disbursement account via the My.SSS portal for efficiency.

Note: Remember, these steps offer a general overview, and specific details may vary based on individual situations and the SSS’s procedures. Always consult directly with SSS for the most accurate guidance.

Recent Updates

SSS President Includes Temporary Government Workers in Coverage through KaSSSangga Collect Program

SSS President and CEO Rolando Ledesma Macasaet expands coverage for temporary government workers through the KaSSSangga Collect Program. This program allows temporary public workers to be registered as self-employed members, with their organizations collecting and remitting their contributions to the agency. This aims to make them eligible for Social Security and Employees’ Compensation benefits.

SSS Zambo and DOLE 9-RCC Partner for Social Security Coverage of Job Order Workers

In a collaborative effort, the Social Security System Zamboanga Branch and the Department of Labor and Employment 9 – Regional Coordinating Committee (DOLE 9-RCC) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to provide social security coverage and protection for Job Order (JO) workers. Through the KaSSSangga Collect Program, JO workers will be registered as self-employed members and their monthly contributions will be deducted from their salaries, ensuring their eligibility for help and privileges under the Social Security (SS) and Employees’ Compensation (EC) Programs.

SSS Signs MOA with BOC Region IX for Social Security Coverage of Job Order, Contract of Service Workers

The Social Security System has partnered with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) – Region IX in Zamboanga City to provide social security coverage and protection for 16 Job Order (JO) and Contract of Service (COS) workers. Through the KaSSSangga Collect Program, the agency will register these workers as self-employed members, while the BOC will remit their monthly contributions to qualify them for assistance and privileges under the Social Security and Employees’ Compensation Programs. This collaboration aims to ensure the welfare and security of these workers in the region.

Understanding Social Security and Employees’ Compensation Benefits: Recap of eSSSkwela Webinar Episode 9

In case you missed it, the first part of the #eSSSkwela Webinar Episode 9 provided valuable insights into the various Social Security and Employees’ Compensation Benefits. Join the eSSSkwela community and catch up on this informative session to learn more about your entitlements.

Updated SSS Contribution Schedule

Starting January 2023, the Social Security System has implemented a new contribution schedule for Regular Social Security, Employees’ Compensation, and the Workers’ Investment and Savings Program (WISP). The adjustments align with the provisions of the Social Security Act of 2018, which include an increased contribution rate and updated salary credit ranges. Members are encouraged to review the changes, download the updated schedule, and share the information with fellow contributors.

EC Death Benefit Claims Online Filing

The Employees’ Compensation Commission now enables legal dependents to file EC Death Benefit Claims online through the My.SSS Portal, streamlining the process for faster service. This excludes those in a common-law relationship post-member’s demise or with outstanding loans under specific SSS programs. The move ensures a more accessible and efficient claims procedure for eligible beneficiaries.

One-Time Financial Assistance for SSS-EC Pensioners

In accordance with Administrative Order No. 39 signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on April 19, 2021, qualified pensioners are set to receive a one-time financial assistance of P20,000. The distribution of this financial aid will be overseen by the Employees’ Compensation Commission or ECC.


Video: #SSSApproved | Employees’ Compensation Program

In cases of work-related sickness, injuries, or even death, employees in the Philippines can rely on Employee Compensation (EC) perks. These aim to provide financial assistance and support to affected individuals and their families, ensuring that they are taken care of during difficult times. EC benefits cover medical expenses, disability assistance, and even funeral and burial assistance, offering a safety net for employees facing work-related incidents.



The SSS Employee’s Compensation Benefit is more than just a financial safety net; it’s a reflection of the state’s commitment to the welfare and protection of its workers. Whether it’s assistance during temporary incapacity or support following more serious work-related incidents, the EC Program stands as a pillar of support for Filipino workers and their families. With this guide, you’re better equipped to navigate the benefits should you ever need them, ensuring you or your loved ones receive the rightful support and compensation.

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