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1-K plus COUs issued by DOLE in January

Cebu City, Philippines. As of January 2021, more than 1,000 Certificates of Unemployment (COUs) were issued to affected workers in the Province of Cebu and to those in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu.

A big bulk of the COUs issued came from the Tri-City Field Office (TCFO) being the Field Office covering the three highly urbanized cities, where the concentration of big establishments is located.

In his report, TCFO Chief Emmanuel Y. Ferrer cited that since 4 January 2021, their Office has already issued a total of 1,294 COUs or Certificates of Involuntary Separation to affected workers.

Topping the list is retrenchment being the reason of involuntary separation, which is being closely followed by closure of business, redundancy, economic downturn and disease or illness of workers.

The Cebu Provincial Field Office (CPFO), which covers the cities and municipalities outside the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu, registered only twenty-eight COUs issued in January.

According to CPFO OIC-Vivencio Lagahid, most of the COU applications received were filed due to retrenchment or business downsizing.

In Bohol, there were 55 COUs issued, which were also due to retrenchment or business downsizing, said Bohol Field Office OIC-Angeli T. Salgados.

The data so far gathered only covered three of the five Field Offices of DOLE RO-7. According to Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, the numbers are expected to significantly change once the Field Office of Negros Oriental and Siquijor are done finalizing their respective data.

“We are closely monitoring the turnout of COU applications because this will give us an idea on the extent of unemployment occurring in the different provinces in Central Visayas,” said Director Siaton.

Data show that it’s the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu that have the most number of COU applications received and certificates issued.

As of 29 December 2020, the TCFO tallied 1,428 companies implementing flexible work arrangements (FWAs); 1,006 establishments temporarily closed affecting 25,754 workers; 1,219 companies retrenching 23,728 workers; and 136 establishments that permanently closed affecting 4,445 workers or a total of 107,074 workers affected.

With the same baseline, the DOLE Bohol Field Office came in next to the TCFO with 249 establishments implementing FWAs affecting 13,631 workers; 523 companies that temporarily closed affecting 6,570 workers; 204 retrenching 2,195 workers; and 17 establishments that permanently closed affecting 73 workers or a total of 22,469 workers affected.

The issuance of COUs or Certificates of Involuntary separation, added the Regional Director, is the DOLE’s assistance to affected workers, who wish to apply for payment of unemployment insurance or involuntary separation benefit at the SSS.

“All employees including Kasambahay and OFWs, who are covered by the grant of unemployment insurance or involuntary separation benefit may apply for DOLE Certification of Involuntary Separation,” said the Regional Head.

Affected workers, whose place of work is located within the cities of Cebu, Mandue and Lapulapu, may email their COU applications at

Those, whose companies are located OUTSIDE the cities of Cebu, Mandue and Lapulapu or in Cebu Province, may email their applications at

COU applications of Bohol-based workers must be sent to and for the workers in Negros Oriental, applications could be sent to The workers in province of Siquijor, on the other hand, may send their applications to

Affected OFWs may send their COU applications directly to the POEA at

Applicants are to send one copy of their valid ID and a copy of the Notice of Termination issued by the employer. In the absence of the Notice of Termination, applicant my send instead a duly notarized Affidavit of Termination of Employment.





For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-27292 or you may send an email at




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