Friday, April 27, 2018

Philippine regulator shuts down five non-life firms

Five non-life insurance companies in the Philippines have been shut down by the Philippine Insurance Commission (IC) for failing to meet the capital requirements set in the country’s insurance code.

The five firms are First Integrated Bonding and Insurance, Investors Assurance, Metropolitan Insurance, Plaridel Surety and Insurance and Premier Insurance and Surety.

Insurance commissioner Dennis Funa said the five insurers were placed under conservatorship because of their inability to meet the increase in the statutory minimum net worth requirement of insurance companies, which is P550 million (US$10.56 million) starting in 2016.

He also emphasised that the companies were not shut down due to a weak financial status.

The insurance regulator has appointed a conservator for each insurer, to be in charge of the management of the company, as well as its assets and liabilities, while it is wound down.

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