Fintech program offers free micro-insurance to 1 million Pinoys

PLDT-owned financial technology unit FinTQ, through its grassroots-based financial inclusion program KasamaKA, is providing one million free micro-insurance policies to unbanked and underserved Filipinos across 42,000 barangays nationwide.

FinTQ managing director and KasamaKA lead convenor Lito Villanueva (with eyeglasses) with North Cotabato barangay chairmen during the 2018 Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas National Assembly

“We all need security and protection from any uncertainties. With this affordable and accessible micro-insurance policies under the KasamaKA Micro-insurance Program, this will kickstart the massive nationwide financial literacy campaign to educate millions of unbanked and underserved Filipinos on the importance of being financially secured and insured,” said Lito Villanueva, FinTQ managing director and KasamaKA founder and lead convenor.

For his part, Insurance Commission chair Dennis B. Funa said: “We welcome KasamaKA as a national digital enabler towards achieving our goals to exponentially grow the country’s insurance penetration rate to 4% by year 2020 from 1.7% in 2017. This is the first of its kind initiative in the country.”

Insurance penetration rate is the ratio of premiums over GDP. The national insurance penetration grew to 1.64% last year from 1.61% in 2016.

The distribution of the one-million free micro-insurance policies is an initiative under the KasamaKA Ka-Barangay sa Kaunlaran, a capacity-building initiative in collaboration with Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas. It was announced during the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas National Assembly last February 27 at the Manila Hotel.

A month ago, its National Executive Board, through a national resolution, adopted KasamaKA as a social advocacy and a national movement for financial inclusion across 42,036 barangays in the country.

Villanueva, who is also the chairman of the FinTechAlliance.PH, noted that with a micro-insurance policy, Filipinos will have an additional source of financial assistance to help them cope and recover faster in times of natural disasters or unfortunate events in their lives.

Edmund R. Abesamis, Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas national president, concurred, saying: “KasamaKA levels the playing field as it empowers even our marginalized constituents to avail and enjoy the benefits of digital financial services. They no longer need to request and wait for the release of financial assistance from various government offices.

“With their insurance coverage, they now have peace of mind as their beneficiaries are entitled to avail immediate release of their accident-related claims to cover for their needed expenses, all through the use of their mobile phone.”

The distribution of free micro-insurance policies will run from February 27 to March 13 only. Insurance coverage period will be for three months.

Beneficiaries of policyholders are entitled to the following claims:

• Accidental death and disablement, P20,000;
• Total and permanent disability due to accident, P2,500;
• Burial assistance due to accident, P5,000;
• Daily accident hospital benefit, P200 per day for a maximum of 10 days hospitalization due to accident; and
• Fire cash assistance, P5,000.

To avail of the free micro-insurance, an individual has to register as a KasamaKA member by texting KKK to 29292 or signing up at KasamaKA’s website. For SMS registration, type in REG (Space)(First Name)/(Last Name)/(Date of Birth, MMDDYYYY)/(Address) and send to 29292.

For website registration, provide your Full Name (Kumpletong Pangalan); Date of Birth (Araw ng Kapanganakan); Nationality (Nasyonalidad); Present Address (Kasalukuyang Tirahan); Source of Income (Saan galing ang iyong kasalukuyang kita); and Mobile Number.

“Once you are registered, you will receive your KasamaKA Builder ID Code, which will also serve as your insurance policy number. Your beneficiaries need to provide your Builder ID Code to claim the benefits under your policy,” Villanueva explained, adding: “You will also receive a text message from our partner insurance companies and brokers.”

Among them include Pioneer Insurance, Malayan Insurance, Sun Life Financial, Country Bankers Insurance, and Gotuaco del Rosario Insurance Brokers.

To make an insurance claim, beneficiaries need to call 0999-9932161 and provide the policyholder’s KasamaKA Builder ID code number.

The KasamaKA Builder ID Code of policyholders also serves as their referral ID for KasamaKA Loans via Lendr which will allow them to earn P300 for every successful loan release. And soon, this includes the KasamaKA Microsavings and KasamaKA Microinvestments.

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