Developing Principles for the Regulation of Microinsurance: Philippine Case Study

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Gilberto M. Llanto
Ma. Piedad S. Geron
Joselito S. Almario
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DISCUSSION PAPER SERIES NO. 2008-27
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Illness or injury, death of a family member, man-made calamities and natural disasters have a devastating effect on those poor households cash flow, liquidity and earning capacities and thus, on household welfare. Demand for micro-insurance products is growing in view of continuing risks to household welfare and the seeming inability of the government to address this issue. This study seeks to provide a better understanding of the micro-insurance market in the Philippines and to draw certain principles for micro-insurance regulation from a review of the Philippine experience with micro-insurance. The study describes how policies, legal, regulatory and supervisory framework governing insurance have shaped the development of the market and vice versa. The Philippine experience on the provision of micro-insurance services and the interaction between the insurance providers and the regulator may help inform the development of certain principles for micro-insurance regulation.