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In addition to formal powers, the President of the Republic can make use of the symbolic attributes of his office and the informal powers he holds. All events at which he is present, or to which he grants his High Patronage, are opportunities to civically mobilize the country and its citizens.

By granting his High Patronage to an event, the President of the Republic aims to promote, encourage and mobilize the Country and its citizens in relation to the challenges and opportunities facing Portugal. High Patronage is a seal of approval and a contribution from the President of the Republic to the implementation of ideas aimed at the country's development.

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