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RP hosts 20th ASEAN meet on social security

Manila (17 October) -- The Philippines is hosting the 20th ASEAN Social Security Association (ASSA) Board Meeting from October 16 to 20, 2007 at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City. The conference is jointly organized by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS) and the Philippine Social Security Association (PHILSSA).

The theme of the three-day meet is "Ensuring Social Security." It aims to promote Regional cooperation in all areas of social security activities, exchange experiences and information on social security, and cooperate in the defense, promotion and development of social security schemes through trainings, seminars, consultations and dialogues, among others.

Renowned authorities from social security institutions in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines will convene to promote the development of social security in the Asia-Pacific Region in consonance with the aspirations, laws and regulations of the ASSA member-countries.

Leading the roster of guest speakers is Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III who will give the Keynote Address. Other speakers include former Environment Secretary Elisea Gozun who will tackle The Environment and Social Security; Gawad Kalinga Executive Director Antonio Meloto who will talk on Empowering the Poor; Home Development Mutual Fund President and CEO and PHILSSA Chair Atty. Romero Quimbo who will share experiences on Social Security in the Philippines and PhilHealth Acting President and CEO Lorna O. Fajardo who will discuss Digital Governance.

Consultants of the International Labor Organization Edward Tamagno and Barbara Jo Domingo will also talk on Social Security Agreements in ASEAN Countries and on the Philippine experience in Electronic Money Remittance for Migrant Workers, respectively.

Best social security practices in Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines will also be presented. (Philhealth12/PIA 12) [top]

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