Republic Act No. 10154 mandates the release of the retirement, pensions, gratuities, and other benefits of a retiring government employee within a period of thirty (30) days from the date of the actual retirement of said employee. This assumes that all requirements are submitted to the concerned government agency at least 90 days prior to the effective date of retirement.
In the case of retiring government employees with pending cases and whose retirement benefits are being lawfully withheld due to possible pecuniary liability, the head of the agency where such case is pending must ensure that the said case shall be terminated and/or resolved within a period of three (3) months from the date of the retirement of the concerned employee. In case the concerned agency fails to terminate and/or resolve the case within the said period without any justifiable reason(s), the retirement benefits due to the employee must be immediately released to him without prejudice to the ultimate resolution of the case; except, when the delay is deliberately caused by the retiring employee.
RA No. 10154 covers all agencies and/or instrumentalities of the government, including government-owned and/or -controlled corporations (GOCCs), but excluding personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and is applicable both to applications for compulsory retirement and optional or early retirement as authorized by law.