|Ombudsman’s clearance now a retirement prerequisite|
A clearance from the Ombudsman’s office is now part of the documentary requirement for retirement of government employees starting March 15, 2013 as stated in the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) advisory.According to the insurance agency this order is in pursuant of the 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 advisory further states that the Memorandum Circular no. 10 series of 1995, issued by the Office of the Ombudsman is the basis of the imposition of the submission of certificate.
Under the new directive it is required to complete thes documentary requirements on retirement benefits that include a certificate from the Office of the Ombudsman to attest if the prospective retiree has a pending case may it be administrative or criminal.
The agency will not accept retirement applications if filed without a certificate from the Ombudsman’s office.
On the other hand, the office of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has also issued guidelines on timely release of the retirement benefits within 30 days from the government employee’s actual retirement date.
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 has already been issued by CSC.
The advisory states that the state ensures the prompt release of the well deserved retirement benefits by these retired government employees due to the fact that they have spent the best years of their lives serving the public and the government.