Nat Re sees ‘pockets of growth’ despite pandemic

Published June 24, 2021, 2:15 PM

by Chino S. Leyco

Greater demand for financial reinsurance, coupled with higher health-related insurance coverage amid the ongoing pandemic, are expected to support the growth trajectory of the National Reinsurance Corp. of the Philippines (Nat Re) this year.

In a statement, Allan R. Santos, Nat Re president and chief executive officer said on Thursday, June 24, that they continue to identify pockets of growth despite the prolonged coronavirus pandemic.

Santos cited that there are opportunities resulting from the need for capital relief reinsurance solutions and higher health insurance covers, as well as partnerships with foreign reinsurers.

In 2020, Nat Re’s life reinsurance business grew by 16 percent as the pandemic only had minimal impact on the company’s underwriting results.

Through well-attended webinars, Santos said Nat Re delivered to life insurers relevant information and tools on topics such as but not limited to remote selling and underwriting, home-based medical examinations, among others.

Nat Re continued to support building the capabilities of its life cedants’ technical professionals, providing tailor-fit training such as individual medical underwriting, group insurance pricing, and claims evaluation, he added.

Moreover, Nat Re supported the insurance industry’s clamor for simplified underwriting amid the challenges of the traditional procurement of medical evidence of insurability, and supported the government’s mandate to extend payment deadlines of insurance contracts.

For its non-life business, Santo said Nat Re continues its partnership with the Insurance Commission and the Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association on the Philippine Catastrophe Insurance Facility.

In turn, Santos said the catastrophe insurance facility would afford the public more inclusive access to catastrophe protection and allow faster economic recovery from disasters.

“We are heartened to see that Nat Re has continued to play a unique role in supporting the nation, the insurance industry, and fellow Filipinos during these trying times,” Santos said.

“As we face the remainder of 2021, we assure you that we will continue to pursue profitable growth as well as cement Nat Re in its role of being a stable anchor and champion for the insurance industry,” he added.