For a more efficient implementation of the Social Security System’s involuntary separation benefit, the Department of Labor and Employment released the guidelines on the issuance of certification to involuntarily laid-off employees who wish to apply for unemployment insurance.

DOLE-Cordillera Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman said Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III signed Department Circular 01, s. 2019 that spells out the guidelines on the issuance of DOLE certification as a requirement for availment by eligible SSS-member employees, including kasambahay and overseas Filipino workers, who were involuntarily separated from work.

Applicants must bring one valid identification card, a copy of the notice of termination, or if not available a duly notarized affidavit of termination of employment.

To qualify for the grant of unemployment benefit, the employee, including kasambahay and OFWs, should not be over 60 years old at the time of involuntary separation; has paid at least 36 monthly contributions, 12 of which should be in the 18-month period immediately preceding the month of involuntary separation; and has no settled unemployment benefit within the last three years prior to the date of involuntary separation.

The workers must have been involuntarily separated due to authorized causes such as installation of labor-saving devices, redundancy, retrenchment, closure, or illness of the employee whose continued service is prohibited by law.

Also eligible are those who lost jobs due to just causes stated under Article 300 (285) of the Labor Code or due to an economic downturn, natural or human-induced calamities, and other similar cases as may be determined by the DOLE and SSS.

END/Patrick T Rillorta with reports from Gerry Rubio