Press Release
May 18, 2015

Senate concurs PHL social security agreements with Denmark, Portugal

The Senate approved on third and final reading two resolutions concurring in the ratification of the Agreement on Social Security between the Philippines and the governments of Denmark and Portugal.

Sponsored by Senator Pia Cayetano for Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senate Resolution Nos. 1333 and 1335 concur with the agreements between the Philippines and the two countries to reduce or eliminate restrictions that prevent workers from receiving social security benefits under the social security laws of the countries concerned.

The agreements, ratified by President Benigno Aquino on May 5 2014 and January 16, 2014, respectively, reaffirm the enhanced partnerships between the Philippines, Denmark and Portugal. The agreements manifest the Philippine government's genuine concern for the welfare and well-being of Filipino migrant workers and their families wherever they maybe.

The agreements also guaranteed the portability of pensions of qualified Filipino and Danish and Portugese citizens, which will be beneficial to the lives and security of the vast number of Filipino citizens working in Denmark and Portugal, the resolution said.

It enabled covered workers to access social security benefits such as sickness, maternity, paternity, occupational diseases, invalidity, old age, and survivors' pension, the resolution added. (Yvonne Almirañez)

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