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How would you assess the pace of digital transformation in the Philippines’ insurance sector?


The Philippines is experiencing a boom in digital banking as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with several digital-only banks announcing plans to enter the market and legacy banks rapidly upgrading their online offerings. East-West Banking Corporation, the country’s 11th-largest bank by assets, launched its own fully digital bank, Komo, in...


What is your assessment of the BSP’s ability to mitigate the economic challenges brought about by the pandemic and facilitate recovery?


The Philippines’ financial services sector entered the Covid-19 pandemic on a solid footing, thanks to decades of regulatory reform to address the vulnerabilities exposed by the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis. Strong capital buffers, high levels of provisioning and near-universal public health cover insulated the country from many of the...


Which factors help banks alleviate the economic implications of the pandemic?


While the pandemic has placed extra strain on the Philippines’ health care system, increased awareness of health risks could lead to a spike in private insurance coverage. With around 415,000 recorded cases and 8000 virus-related deaths as of mid-November, 2020, the Philippines has been one of the hardest-hit countries in South-east Asia...

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