According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Overseas Filipino workers (OFWS) that will come home in the Philippines from Portugal will soon receive their Portuguese social security benefits in the Philippines.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Overseas Filipino workers (OFWS) that will come home in the Philippines from Portugal will soon receive their Portuguese social security benefits in the Philippines.

DFA stated last Friday that the proposal will be implemented soon after the signing of the Social Security Agreement between the Philippines and Portugal last September 14 in Lisbon. It will take effect once ratified by the Philippines and Portugal.

Nevertheless, since administrative arrangements were discussed right after the conclusion of negotiations last May 2010, it means it will not take long before the pact’s provisions are fully implemented.

DFA added that the agreement ensures equality of treatment and continuation of benefits of the social security rights of both Filipinos and Portuguese. The agreement also covers the export of benefits and mutual administrative cooperation between institutions.

It will also cover the legislation of both countries on social protection against the contingencies of sickness and maternity, paternity and adoption, invalidity, old-age and death, accidents at work and occupational diseases.

Social Security System (SSS) President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros, Jr. signed the agreement for the Philippines, while the Minister of Solidarity and Social Security, Pedro Mota Soares, signed on behalf of the Portuguese government.