The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) received a total of 30,157 requests for Certificate of Involuntary Separation in a report as of July 1, 2020.

The DOLE certificate is a requirement for application for payment of unemployment insurance or involuntary separation benefit (cash grant) in view of the Social Security System (SSS) Circular No. 2009-011 or the Guidelines on the Payment of Unemployment Insurance or Involuntary Separation Benefit.

It covers employees, including house helpers (Kasambahay) and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were involuntarily separated from their job due to authorized causes such as, installation of labor-saving devices; redundancy; retrenchment or downsizing; closure or cessation of operation; or disease/illness of the employee whose continued employment is prohibited by law or is prejudicial to his or his co-employee’s health.

Of the total number, DOLE-NCR have already approved and released 16,436 certifications—15,536 were requests from workers that were involuntarily separated by locally-based employers while 900 were from OFWs.

As of July 1, 2020, 7:30 AM, there have been over six thousand DOLE certification applications under evaluation and validation of the regional office. For workers whose applications were not approved were told that only those eligible for the DOLE certification should meet the requirements stated in Section 2 (d) of SSS Circular No. 2019-011. DOLE-NCR also reminds concerned workers to provide one (1) valid I.D. and a copy of the Notice of Termination issued by the employer.

In the absence of Notice of Termination, applicants are advised to submit a duly notarized Affidavit of Termination of Employment to DOLE Field or Provincial Office or Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) as provided further in the DOLE Department Circular No. 01-2019 or the Guidelines on the Issuance of DOLE Certification as a Requirement for Application for Payment of Unemployment Insurance or Involuntary Separation Benefit.

Meanwhile, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, DOLE-NCR adapted the online submission of DOLE certification request through their official website at

END / Hershey Aquino (with report from TSSD-LRLS)