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About Town | Cebuana Lhuillier Again Supports Disaster Resilience

On the heels of last year's successful disaster resilience forum, Cebuana Lhuiller continues to push for disaster preparedness among Filipinos, gathering the country's industry experts in disaster management, risk reduction, and post disaster rehabilitation last July 4, 2018 at the Shangri-la the Fort Manila for the "2018 READY Distaster Resilience Forum - Disaster Resilience Begins with Me."

This year's theme is an iteration of the past two fora, focusing on the need for everyone including the first responders;  communities and families; and individual Filipinos to be ready and be fully equipped to take on an active role in disaster resilience.

"When we started the Disaster Resilience Forum two years ago, our vision was to build a nation of resilient Filipinos - armed with the information and know how to protect and help others during times of disasters and natural calamities,"  said Cebuana Lhuiller President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuiller.

He added, "This year, we would like to encourage each and every Filipino to take on a more proactive role in building disaster resilient communities by highlighting personal readiness and security to alleviate massive losses and damages during disasters."

In partnership with the Regulatory Framework Promotion of Pro-poor Insurance Markets in Asia (RFPI Asia) and the Mutual Exchange Forum on Inclusive Insurance Network (MEFIN), the event was organized to serve as a platform to discuss measures on the disaster resilience of first responders such as members of the army and local policemen against any type of disaster.

The forum is also a venue for various local government and civil societies to share learnings and best practices to strengthen and improve other communities' disaster resilience capabilities.  The multi-sector panel discussion seeks to increase awareness on the role of micro insurance as disaster risk finance tool to make every Filipino resilient against the impacts of disasters and calamities, as well as, promote conversations about each Filipino's role in every phase of disaster risk reduction and management.

Aside from having a three panel discussions, the forum also featured Commissioner Dennis B. Funa of the Insurance Commission and Jonathan D. Batangan, first vice president and group head of Cebuana Lhullier Insurance Solutions, Cebuana Lhuiller Foundation Inc., and Cebuana Lhuiller Business Solutions, and news anchor and program host, Tony Velasquez of the ABS CBN News Channel (ANC) as forum moderator.

To further reinforce its advocacy, Cebuana Lhuiller launched OURHELP, a donation site where donors can ensure individuals or communities who do not have access to or means to get insurance coverage for as low as one dollar or 53 pesos.  OurHelp is an offshoot of the company's National Pilipino Protektado Day, a month long campaign that helped insure one million Filipinos in 2016.

Donees of the website get microinsurance that covers accidental death or dismemberment and disability;  unprovoked murder and assault; and other causes of death (except suicides), as well as, cash assistance in case fire hits their home.

The launch was followed by the signing of a manifesto of this year's forum convenor and partners as an official declaration of their commitment to raise the level of awareness, preparedness, and sustainability of resources of each and every Filipino against the impacts of disasters and calamities.

The forum concluded with songs by the legendary singer, song writer and environmental conservation advocate Noel Cabangon.

About Cebuana Lhuiller
Cebuana Lhuiller is the Philippines' largest microfinancial services provider that offers, remittance, microinsurance, bills payment, e-load, and business to business solutions services.  For over 30 years, the company continuously provides fast, easy, secure, and convenient offering to its clientele through more than 2,200 branches nationwide, and overseas branches in Hongkong, and a marketing office in United Arab Emirates.

About Cebuana Lhuiller Insurance Solutions (CLIS)
The CLIS serves as the microinsurance arm of the Cebuana Lhuiller offering innovative and affordable insurance products tailor fit to the various specific needs of Filipinos and underwritten by credible insurers.