LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) -- The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will require government employees who would retire starting March 15, 2013 to submit certificate of clearance from the Ombudsman.
In an advisory, GSIS stated that the directive is pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 001-2013 issued January 10, 2013 by the Commission on Audit (COA) that all heads of departments, bureaus, offices, and agencies and instrumentality of national government, Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) and local government units (LGUs) are advised to submit the Ombudsman’s clearance for all retiring employees.
The imposition of the submission of certificate was based on Memorandum Circular no. 10 series of 1995, issued by the Office of the Ombudsman, the advisory explained.
The advisory furthered that documentary requirements on retirement benefits must include a certificate from the Office of the Ombudsman attesting whether the prospective retiree has a pending criminal or administrative case.
The GSIS will only accept retirement applications if filed with the certificate from the Office of the Ombudsman.
Meanwhile, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has also issued guidelines on timely release of retirement benefits within 30 days from the actual retirement date of a government employee.
CSC has already issued the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 10154 or the Act Requiring All Concerned Government Agencies to Ensure the Early Release of the Retirement Pay, Pensions, Gratuities and other Benefits of Retiring Government Retirees.
The CSC advisory noted that retiring public servants must not be made to wait for they have spent the best years of their lives serving the public and the government, thus, the state ensures the prompt release of their retirement benefits which are due them under the law.
The IRR, which cites the responsibilities of retiring government employees, employer-agencies and all concerned government agencies, the period of release of retirement benefits and all other relevant provisions, shall apply to compulsory and optional retirement applications of government employees from all government instrumentalities including government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), except personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
The guidelines state that period for release of retirement benefits must be within 30 days from the actual retirement date of the concerned employee. The employer-agency or the government agency where the employee shall retire must submit all requirements at least ninety 90 days prior to the effectivity date of retirement. Retirement benefits under the Government Service Insurance Act must be released to retirees on his/her last day of service in government provided that all Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) requirements are duly complied with.
However, retirement benefits may be withheld if the employee has been suspended due to pending administrative case or has pecuniary liabilities. (MAL-PIA5, ALbay)