Thursday, March 7, 2013

GSIS requires Ombudsman clearance for retiring government employees

LEGAZPI CITY, March 7 (PNA) -- While the Civil Service Commission (CSC) regional office for Bicol here is reiterating guidelines for early release of retirement benefits of government employees, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) said over the week that it is requiring them to submit a certificate of clearance from the Ombudsman.

The CSC guidelines provide that benefits should be released within 30 days from the actual retirement date of a government employee.

The guidelines are based on 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.

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 CSC said, 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.

The guidelines state that the period for the 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 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 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.

Amid this advisory, the GSIS announced that it will start requiring on March 15 government employees who will retire to submit a certificate of clearance from the Office of the Ombudsman.

In a separate advisory, the GSIS said the directive is pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 001-2013 issued January 10, 2013 by the Commission on Audit that says all heads of departments, bureaus, offices and agencies and instrumentalities of the national government, GOCCs and local government units are advised to submit the 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.

It said further that documentary requirements on retirement benefits must include a certificate from the Office of the Ombudsman attesting whether or not the prospective retiree has a pending criminal or administrative case.

The GSIS will only accept retirement applications if filed with the certificate of clearance from the Office of the Ombudsman, the advisory added. (PNA) FPV/FGS/DOC/CBD/EBP