PIRA creates Data Privacy Council for non-life insurance

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The Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association (PIRA) has created a Data Privacy Council to oversee the non-life insurance industry's compliance with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 and its implementing rules and regulations.


In a recent February 4, 2019 Consultative meeting with the National Privacy Commission at NPC Office, PIRA Executive Director Michael Rellosa personally updated the Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro on the creation of the PIRA Data Privacy Council, including its objectives and the duties and responsibilities of its members.

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Rellosa said the DP Council will be an enabler to the insurance industry, disseminating information and proper knowledge to PIRA members in relation to data privacy, and serve as a steward that will promote the culture of trust and confidence when it comes to the protection of personal information of all parties within the industry.


The PIRA DP Council has nine council members, with Atty. Maria Patricia Foria of the Insurance Company of North America (a Chubb Co.) as Chairperson.  Her members are  Chi Del Prado and Celia Imperial, both from Pacific Cross; Atty. Lawrence Mari Santella from Mapfre Insular; Atty. Danielle Sales-Tort from BPI/MS; Antonio Roderick Cabusao from Liberty Insurance; Raul Tumangday from National Reinsurance; Atty. Lady Lanie Esquivel from MAA General; and Argene Aguilar from QBE Seaboard.


According to Rellosa, the DP Council will also serve as the industry's representative to the National Privacy Commission for any issues and concerns regarding implementation and interpretation of Data Privacy Act and its IRR.


"The council is tasked to organize and develop awareness campaign program within the non-life insurance industry, its clients and intermediaries for proper understanding of the Data Privacy Act, and to assist each and every non-life insurance company to be compliant with the Data Privacy Act.”


Liboro, for his part, welcomed PIRA's initiative and assured the DP Council of the National Privacy Commission's support every step of the way.

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