The Social Security System (SSS) officials led by President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio S. de Quiros, Jr. visited the cities of Moscow, Rome, Milan, Luxembourg and Paris from May 9 to 19, 2015 as part of its coverage drive to reach out to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and meet with the Filipino Communities in Europe to brief them on the importance of various SSS programs and services.
First photo above shows President de Quiros (2nd from left) with Philippine Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg Victoria S. Bataclan (3rd from left) together with Minister Romain Schneider after the two parties signed the Philippines-Luxembourg Social Security Agreement (SSA). SSS Senior Vice President for Accounts Management Group and Concurrent Head for International Operations Division Judy Frances A. See (left) and Inspection Generale de la Securite Sociale Head Claude Ewen (right) witnessed the event.
The Social Security Agreement includes the equality of Filipino nationals in contributions of social security benefits in Luxembourg and export the same benefits if they plan to return in the Philippines. Worldwide, there are about 400,000 OFWs and migrants who are SSS members and a considerable percentage of this number is from the European countries.
SSS has also set-up an Information Desk to provide various services such as on-line inquiry/ verification, registration, data amendments, claim applications and Annual Confirmation of Pensioners (ACOP) requests. Third photo shows Head of SSS Foreign Branch Expansion & Monitoring Department Atty. Sylvette C. Sybico (middle) supervising the SSS team in extending assistance and answering member's queries from OFWs in Moscow.