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October 19, 2018

Philippines Insurance Commission brings new rules for insurance web aggregators

The Philippines Insurance Commission (IC) has published a new set of rules. It’s aimed at ensuring effective regulation and supervision of insurance web aggregators in the country.

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The IC said that the so-called ‘price comparison web portals’ will now be under supervision. These portals gather and offer insurance-policy quotations from a number insurance companies.

New rules

Furthermore, the IC said web aggregators need to submit their business model and system framework or modus operandi. In addition, they must supply documents related to their contracts with insurance firms.

Insurance Commissioner Dennis Funa said: “With the development and existence of web aggregators for insurance products, we saw the need to require them to register with us and to put in place regulatory requirements aimed at protecting the insuring public.”

According to the rules, both online insurance aggregators and insurance firms need to include a number of provisions. Therefore, the interest of the public can be safeguarded.

The IC has also banned web insurance aggregators from conducting any other business. As a result, roles like insurance agent or insurance broker are forbidden. All roles other than the objective of web-based aggregation are also banned.

“We recognise the increasing number of insurance comparison websites and the important role they play in boosting the online market for insurance products,” Funa added.

“We likewise recognise the need to regulate these to ensure that both the insuring public and the insurance industry are protected.”

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