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DOLE certificate needed for unemployment insurance

Cebu City, Philippines. Workers who are involuntarily separated from work need to secure the DOLE’s Certificate of Separation from Employment/Unemployment from the Department of Labor and Employment to avail of an unemployment insurance.

According to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, the DOLE’s Certificate of Unemployment is a primary requisite for the application for payment of unemployment insurance or involuntary separation benefit of the Social Security System (SSS).

“All employees including Kasambahay and Overseas Filipino Workers who are covered for the grant of unemployment insurance or involuntary separation benefit should apply for this DOLE certification,” said Director Siaton.

She emphasized though that only those who were separated or dismissed from work due to authorized causes will be granted with the certification from the DOLE.

Authorized causes as grounds for dismissal from work would include the following, namely: (1) Retrenchment to prevent losses; (2) Closure or cessation of operation of an establishment not due to serious losses or financial reverses; (3) When the employee is suffering from a disease not curable within the period of six (6) months and his/her continued employment is prejudicial to his/her health or to the health of his/her co-employees; (4) Installation by employer of labor-saving devices; (5) Redundancy; and (6) Impossible reinstatement of the employee to his/her former position.

Employees who are involuntarily separated may file their application for DOLE certification at the DOLE Field/Provincial Office where the employer is located or where the employee resides.

“In the case of OFWs, they may file their application at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office where their employer operates or at the DOLE Field/Provincial Office where the OFW resides,” explained the Regional Director.

Applicants must be able to present one (1) valid identification card (ID) and a copy of the Notice of Termination or a duly notarized Affidavit of Termination of Employment.

“For the issuance of this certification, the DOLE will do its best to observe the one day Process Cycle Time. The certification should be duly signed by the Head of the Field/Provincial Offices of the DOLE,” added the DOLE-7 Head.

The issuance of the DOLE certification is pursuant to 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.





For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at



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