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A Short Course in Non-Life Insurance
Part 1: Introduction
1. DEFINITION OF INSURANCE
We define Insurance as “ a contract whereby one undertakes for a
consideration to indemnify another against loss, damage or liability
arising from an unknown or contingent event”. It is a social device
wherein the losses of a few are distributed among the many which
otherwise would be borne by the few. It is a scheme whereby one
substitutes a small definite loss for a large but uncertain loss under an
arrangement in which the fortunate many who escape loss will
compensate the unfortunate few.
2. NATURE OF INSURANCE CONTRACT
An insurance contract is an agreement under which one party is obligated
to make good the loss suffered by a second party through the occurrence
of a designated event. The event must be a fortuitous one or beyond the
control of either party.
A contract of insurance is an agreement, whereby one party on the one
hand called the Insurer undertakes for a consideration called the
premium to indemnify, one or more parties called the Insured against
loss, damage or liability arising from an unknown or contingent event.
3. ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF INSURANCE CONTRACT
a) Competent Parties – there must be a legal capacity to give
consent or to enter into contract.
b) Subject Matter – the subject or object must be within the
commerce of man and it must be lawful.
c) Offer and Acceptance – there must be meeting of the minds
between the two parties.
d) Consideration – there must be a payment of a premium to the
Insurer for the assumption of the risk.
e) Insurable Interest – there must be an economic loss to the
Insured at the happening of the contingency insured against.
4. PRINCIPLES GOVERNING INSURANCE CONTRACT
a) Good Faith – the doctrine of uberrimae fidei (utmost good faith)
meaning that any concealment or misrepresentation of a material fact
by the insured will invalidate the policy.
b) Insurable Interest – is meant that interest which exists when the
insured will suffer a disadvantage if the contingency insured against
happens and will enjoy a benefit if the contingency insured against
fails to happen.
c) Indemnify – to make good a loss. This means to place the insured
in the same situation in which he was before the loss.
d) Subrogation – the right of an insurer to be substituted to any right
of action which the insured may have against a third person whose
negligence or wrongful act caused the loss or injury.
e) Contribution – means that if there is more than one policy in force
covering the same interest in the same subject matter against the
same peril, the insured shall not be entitled to recover more than full
amount of the loss.
f) Proximate Cause – that which in a natural and continuous
sequence, unbroken by any new independent cause, produces that
event and without which, that event would not have occurred.
5. MAJOR CLASSES OF GENERAL INSURANCE
aa. Marine Cargo
bb. Marine Hull
c) Motor Car
aa. Private Car
bb. Commercial Vehicle
cc. Land Transportation Operator
ee. Motor Trade
d) Personal Accident
f) Engineering Insurance
aa. Contractors All Risks
bb. Erection All Risks
cc. Machinery Breakdown
g) Miscellaneous Casualty Lines
aa. Comprehensive General Liability
bb. Scheduled Property Floater
a) Proposal – an application for cover or for a premium to be quoted.
It gives the Insurer full details of the risk against which insurance
protection is to be provided.
b) Cover Note – a document by which temporary cover is granted by
the Insurer to the Assured pending issuance of regular policy.
c) Policy – not the contract itself but evidence of the contract.
aa. Basic Data/Schedule
i Policy Number
ii Name of Insured
iii Amount Insured
iv Period of Insurance
v Insurance Rate
vi Amount of Premium
bb. Recital Clause or Preamble – spells out the parties to the contract, the
proposal as basis of the contract, the premium.
cc. Operative Clause – sets out the circumstances under which the
insurers are liable to the insured
dd. Exclusions Clause – enumerates the excepted risks in the coverage
ee. Conditions – sets out the rules which govern the application and
interpretation of the contract as a whole
ff. Attestation Clause – confirms that the insurers have authenticated the
contract by signature.
d) Endorsement – policy alterations refer to changes made after the
issuance of policies or at the time of issuance for the purpose of altering,
limiting, extending or clarifying any of the policy terms or conditions.
The usual method of effecting policy alterations is by way of
endorsements. An endorsement is defined as a written form of
agreement between the Insured and the Insurer entered into for the
purpose of modifying, limiting, extending, altering, correcting or clarifying
policy terms, conditions or wordings or to incorporate additional or new
7. RISK - it is possibility of loss or injury
8. PERILS - are the causes of loss. Their existence creates risks.
Fire, theft, death and sickness are perils.
Hazards are the conditions of a risk that may create or increase the
chance of loss. The kinds of hazards are physical, moral and morale
10. PARTIES TO AN INSURANCE CONTRACT
a) Insurer – any person, partnership, association or corporation duly
authorized to transact business.
b) Insured – anyone except a public enemy may be insured.
Part 2: FIRE INSURANCE
Fire Insurance is a contract whereby one (the insurer) promises, for a
consideration (the premium) to indemnify another, (the Assured) for direct loss
or damage of the latter’s property by fire or lightning.
2. POLICY TERM
Refers to the period of insurance, that is, the time limit within which a policy will
remain in force. Fire policies are usually written for a period of twelve (12)
months or one year and are therefore issued on an annual basis.
3. OPEN POLICY AND VALUED POLICY
The Standard Fire Policy is an open policy which means that in the event of loss,
whether total or partial, it is understood that the amount of loss shall be subject
to appraisal and the liability of the company, if established, shall be limited to the
actual loss, subject to applicable terms, conditions, warranties and clauses of the
policy, and in no case shall exceed the amount of the policy.
In contrast, valued policy is one which expresses on the face an Agreement that
the thing insured shall be valued at a specific sum. In the event of total loss, the
valuation on the policy is deemed to be conclusive between the parties, except
when there is fraud or error on the part of either party.
4. THE SUM INSURED
The sum insured is simply the insurer’s maximum liability and a basis on which
the premium is calculated; it is not an admission of the insurers of the value of
the property nor it is the amount which they should pay in the event of the loss,
unless there is a stipulation to this effect.
5. WHO MAY BE INSURED
a) Absolute or Registered Owner of Property
b) Part Owner or Joint Owner of Property
c) Mortgagor or Mortgagee
d) Lessor or Lessee
e) Bailee – to whom property has been entrusted
6. WHAT MAY BE INSURED
a) Building (completed or under construction)
aa. Stocks in trade, goods or merchandise
bb. Machinery, equipment, spare parts, accessories and tools.
cc. Business or household appliances, utensils, furniture, fixtures and
dd. Personal effects and belongings (money and jewelry excluded).
ee. Other materials, property, such as postage stamps, books, motor
vehicles and others.
7. DESCRIBING INSURED PROPERTY
a) Machinery and Equipment
“ On machineries and equipment of every kind and description …”
However, if certain specific machinery or equipment are to be insured
only, then such must definitely be specified so that the identity of that
particular machinery or equipment insured may be established in the
event of loss.
“ On stocks in trade …” or “ on general merchandise of every kind and
description …”. It is however, advisable to name some of the stocks or
merchandise covered such as flour, rice, textiles etc.
c) Household Contents
i Household furniture, fixtures and fittings
ii Personal effects and belongings (excluding money and jewelry)
iii Electrical appliances
iv Books and magazines
v Kitchen utensils
vi Betterments and improvements
d) Business or Store Contents
i Stocks in trade
ii Business or store furniture, fixtures and fittings
iii Business machines and electrical appliances
iv Business equipment, betterments and improvements
v Office stationeries and supplies
e) Office Contents
i Office furniture, fixtures and fittings
ii Office equipment, machines and electrical appliances
iii Office stationeries and supplies
iv Office betterments and improvements
8. LOCATION OF INSURED PROPERTY
The location of an insured property is given in the following sequence:
a) House Number and Name of the Street
b) House Number of the whole building of which the premises to be insured
forms a part
c) District, town, municipality or city
e) District and Block Number, if any
9. PERILS COVERED BY FIRE INSURANCE POLICY
The following perils are covered in a Standard Fire Policy:
a) Fire (subject to certain exclusions)
b) Lightning, whether fire ensues or not
The following forms of damage are likewise covered:
a) Damage during or immediately following a fire caused by:
aa. Smoke or Scorching
bb. Falling walls and the like
b) Damage caused by fire brigade or other competent authority in the
discharge of their duty
c) Damage to property removed from a burning building in an effort to save
Some of the exclusions provided for in a fire policy are:
a) Inherent vice, process of decay
b) War, invasion, act of foreign enemy, hostilities or warlike operations
(whether war be declared or not) civil war, mutiny, civil commotion,
insurrection, rebellion, revolution, military or usurped power.
c) Riot, strike, malicious action, impact by vehicle, forest fire
d) Earthquake, volcanic eruption, flood, inundation, windstorm, tempest,
water damage, removal of debris, consequential loss.
e) Nuclear reaction, nuclear radiation.
11. SPECIAL PERILS INSURANCE (EXTENDED COVER)
Some perils that are excluded as previously mentioned can also be covered by
paying an additional premium and is usually effected by the issuance of an
endorsement to the fire policy.
b) Typhoon and Flood
c) Riot and Strike
d) Loss or damage caused directly by impact of land vehicle or falling object.
e) Bursting or overflow of water tanks, apparatus or pipes.
12. PREMIUM PAYMENTS
Our Standard Fire Policy emphatically states that the insurance company does
not assume liability unless the premium is paid. The insurance company will
make good any loss after payment of premium.
13. POLICY CANCELLATIONS
A fire policy may be cancelled at the request of the Insured upon which the
unearned premium must be refunded. No reason need be given by the Insured.
After a policy has been in force for one year, it may be renewed for another year
subject to mutual consent. In other words, both the insured and the insurance
company has the option to decide whether to renew or not.
15. COVER NOTES
Sometimes applicants need insurance coverage very badly, but necessary details
or date are not available for the issuance of regular policies.
In such case, insurance companies may issue provisional certificates of insurance
coverage known as Cover Notes in which the basic or skeletal information is
However, cover notes are temporary in nature and must be replaced with regular
policies within sixty (60) days.
16. PROCEDURES OF FIRE INSURANCE CLAIMS
Generally speaking, whenever a fire loss occurs, the very first thing for an agent
to do would be to give written notice to the insurance company involved and to
inquire which adjuster or adjustment company the insurer has designated to
handle the claim.
After an adjuster conducted an on-site inspection, normally a claim form will be
given to the insured. There are many questions to be answered. Primarily, the
information would concern policy no., location of risk, property insured, date and
time of fire, origin and cause of fire, extent of loss, other insurances and the
amount of the claim. Claim form is to be subscribed and notarized.
The Insured may be required to submit supporting papers and documents to
prove his claim, such as income tax returns, building plans (in case of building
insurance), invoices, sales records and others.
After the adjusters having evaluated all the facts and circumstances surrounding
the fire, liability has to be admitted or denied in behalf of the insurance
company. If it were admitted, the adjuster would then proceed to negotiate with
the insured to determine the amount of compensation payable and to resolve
matters concerning salvage, if any. This would eventually lead to payment of
If it were denied, then an official advice will have to be given of such denial.
Part 3: MARINE INSURANCE
Marine Insurance is an insurance against risks connected with navigation in which a
ship, cargo, freightage, profit or other insurable interest in movable property may be
exposed during a certain voyage or a fixed period of time.
1. CLASSES OF MARINE INSURANCE
Marine Insurance is classified according to the subject matter insured, as follows:
a) Cargo Insurance – this refers to insurance on goods or movables.
According to the Rules of Construction of Policy, the term goods means
goods in the nature of merchandise, and does not include personal
effects or provision and stores for use on board.
b) Hull Insurance – this refers to insurance on ship, i.e., hull and
machinery and specially covers loss of or damage to hull or machinery
directly caused by accidents in loading, discharging or shifting cargo or
fuel; explosions on shipboard or elsewhere; breakdown of or accident to
nuclear installations or reaction on shipboard or elsewhere bursting of
boilers, breakage of shafts or any latent defect in the machinery or hull;
contact with an aircraft; negligence of master, officers, crew or pilots
provided such loss or damage has not resulted from want of due
diligence by the assured, owners or managers.
c) Freight Insurance – as the name suggests, this refers to insurance on
freight. The rules for construction of policy defines freight as including
the profit derivable by shipowner from the employment of his ship to
carry his own goods or movables, as well as freight payable by a third
party, but does not include passage money. A freight insurance policy
covers a sum not exceeding 15% of the value of hull and machinery.
Loss of freight is recoverable if directly caused by the perils mentioned
above. In the event of a total loss of the insured vessel, the sum insured
shall be paid in full.
2. SOME OF THE PERILS INSURED AGAINST
The plain form of marine policy enumerates the perils insured against, as
a) Fire – hardly needs definition. Damage due to fire, lightning, smoke,
scorching, damage done by water or by chemicals used in extinguishing
fire, are compensable.
b) Collision – loss or damage caused by the impact of vessel with another
or any stationary object (including ice).
c) Stranding – when in consequence of some accidental or unusual
occurrence, she comes in contact with the ground or other obstruction,
and remains hard fast upon it. It may be on the rocks, on piles which
have been driven into the harbour bed, and so forth.
d) Grounding – this is almost similar to stranding. This is a situation where
ship or vessel cannot move as it has struck bottom. Vessel, however, has
e) Sinking – this is a situation where ship or vessel goes underneath the
surface of the water. In respect of sinking, it must generally be of such a
nature that the vessel is completely covered with water. If the vessel
could still be further immersed, there is no sinking.
3. MARINE CARGO INSURANCE
a) Types of Policy
aa. Open Policy – a continuous contract covering automatically all
shipments within certain geographical limits for an indefinite
period of time subject to cancellation by either party.
bb. S. G. Form (Ship-goods) – covers only one shipment or voyage.
b) Particulars of a Marine Cargo Policy
aa. Name and address of assured
bb. Amount of Insurance and Value of Goods
cc. Full description of cargo
dd. Type of packing – no. of crates/packing/boxes
ee. Marks and Numbers
ff. Name of Vessel
gg. Loading/Sailing/Arrival Dates
hh. Ports of Origin and Destination
ii. Consignee, if other than proposer or shipper
jj. Terms and conditions of insurance
kk. Bill of Lading
ll. Negotiating Bank and Letter of Credit
mm. Place of Settlement and/or Payment of Claim
4. TYPES OF COVERAGES (Old Clauses)
An Insured may choose the type of coverage he wants depending on his
particular needs. The following are the coverages available:
a) Total loss by total loss of vessel only this is the most restricted cover. In
order for a claim to arise, the vessel carrying the cargo has to be a total
loss and the cargo impossible to save except at a cost exceeding the
value of the salvaged cargo.
b) Total Loss Only – interest must have been totally lost by one of the perils
enumerated in the policy.
c) Free from Particular Average (FPA) – loss of a part of a whole shipment
which is not a total loss is not covered (old clauses)
aa. Total and/or constructive total loss
bb. Total loss of any apportionable part or a distinct species, if the
whole shipment is composed of several species.
cc. Total loss of any package in loading, transhipment or discharge.
dd. Direct liability for general average sacrifice
ee. General average contributions
ff. Salvage charges
gg. Particular charges whenever recoverable under a policy covering
hh. Sue and labor charges
ii. Particular average irrespective of percentage if the vessel or craft
be stranded, sunk or burnt, and so forth.
d) With Average (WA) – under this, particular average and other loss or
damage are recoverable in all circumstances in which they are admitted
under FPA. All other particular average arising from perils insured against
is payable if it attains the percentage specified in the policy. (old clauses)
e) Against All Risks – all losses that are payable under the WA are covered
as well as losses from the additional coverages such as: (old clause)
aa. Theft, pilferage, and non-delivery
bb. Leakage and breakage
cc. Fresh water damage
dd. Sweat and mold
ee. Hook damage
All risks does not cover faulty manufacture, inherent vice or delay.
5. BASIC MARINE CARGO COVERS NEW CLAUSES – (For Air and Water
A) INSTITUTE CARGO CLAUSES “C”
1. Perils Covered
Loss of or damage to the subject-matter insured reasonably
a. Fire or explosion
b. Vessel or craft being stranded grounded sunk or capsized
c. Overturning or derailment of land conveyance
d. Collision or contact of vessel craft or conveyance with any
external object other than water
e. Discharge of cargo at a port of distress
f. General average sacrifice
2. Duration of Cover
Warehouse at the port of loading up to delivery to warehouse at
port of destination, or upon the lapse of fifteen (15) days counting
from the date the cargo landed at port of discharge, WHICHEVER
SHALL FIRST OCCUR.
3. Clauses and Warranties under Clauses “C”
a. Institute Cargo Clauses “C” 1/1/82
b. Red Clause “B” 1/11/76
c. Institute Classification Clause 1/7/78
(not applicable for air transport)
d. Fifteen (15) days clause. (For overseas shipment)
e. Seven (7) days clause. (For inter-island shipment)
4. Goods and merchandise allowed for clauses “C” cover:
a. shipment of powder like cement, wheat, flour, etc.
b. Rice and grains
c. Salt, sugar, tobacco, seeds
d. Copper and copper products
e. Non-flammable chemicals
f. Non-flammable liquids
g. Frozen fish and meat products
h. Vegetable and other food items
B) INSTITUTE CARGO CLAUSES “B”
1. Perils Covered
Loss of or damage to the subject-matter insured reasonably
a. All clauses “C” perils, plus
b. Earthquake, volcanic eruption or lightning
c. Washing overboard
d. Entry of sea lake or river water into vessel craft hold
conveyance container liftvan or place of storage
e. Total loss of any package lost overboard or dropped whilst
loading on to, or unloading from, vessel or craft.
2. Duration of Cover
(Same as CLAUSES “C”)
3. Clauses and Warranties under clauses “B”
a. Institute Cargo Clauses “B” 1/1/82
b. Red Clause “B” 1/11/76
c. Institute Classification Clause 1/7/78 (not applicable for air
d. Fifteen (15) days clause. (for overseas shipment)
e. Seven (7) days clause. (for inter-island shipment)
4. Goods and merchandise allowed for clauses “B”
a. Automobiles and trucks and other motor vehicle
b. Native handicrafts
c. Textiles and clothings
d. Paper/plastic products
C) INSTITUTE CARGO CLAUSES “A” OR ALL RISKS
1. Perils Covered
All types of loss or damage except:
a. Inherent Vice – the natural tendency of some items to
effect a chemical reaction within themselves to as to make
them physically unusable for the intended purposes. e. g.
decay in case of fruits and vegetables, rotting in case of
fresh meat, spontaneous combustion in the case of copra.
b. Delay – frequently occurring in shipments of chemicals
due to prolonged storage at the piers, the chemicals could
lose their potency.
2. Duration of Cover
(Same as in clauses “B” and “C”)
3. Clauses and Warranties under Clauses “A” or All Risks
a. Institute Cargo Clauses “A” 1/1/82
b. Institute Classification Clause 1/7/78 (not applicable for air
c. Red Clause “B” 1/11/76
d. Fifteen (15) days clause. (for overseas shipment)
e. Seven (7) days clause (for inter-island shipment)
f. Institute Theft, Pilferage and Non-Delivery (Insured Value)
g. Nuclear Exclusion Clause
4. Goods and Merchandise allowed for ALL RISKS cover as
a. Steel machineries and spare parts
b. Steel products
D) TOTAL LOSS ONLY
1. Perils Covered
Total loss of the entire cargo due to perils insured against.
2. Duration of Cover
From the time cargo is admitted onboard the vessel until unloaded
therefrom at the port of destination or upon the lapse of seven (7)
days counting from the date cargo landed at port of discharge,
whichever shall first occur.
3. Clauses and Warranties under TLO
a. Red Clause “B” 1/11/76
b. Typhoon Clause
c. Overloading Warranty
d. Nuclear Exclusions Clause
e. Seven (7) days clause
E) TOTAL LOSS BY TOTAL LOSS OF THE VESSEL ONLY (TL/TLVO)
1. Perils Covered
Total loss of the entire cargo arising from total loss of the vessel.
The proximate cause should be perils of the sea.
2. Scope of Cover
Whilst on board the vessel
3. Clauses and Warranties under TL/TLVO
a. Red Clause “B” 1/11/76
b. Typhoon Clause
c. Overloading Warranty
d. Nuclear Exclusions Clause
F) LAND TRANSPORT
1. Perils Covered – Loss or damage arising from the following:
a. Fire, including self-ignition and internal explosion of the
b. Accidental collision of the vehicle with any other
automobile, vehicle or object excluding, however, contact
with any portion of the road bed, curbing, any stationary
object while backing for loading or unloading or rails or
ties of street and excluding collision of the load with any
object when such collision of the load with any object does
not involve collision of the carrying truck.
c. Overturning or upset of the motor truck
e. Collapse or subsidence of bridges
f. Flood (meaning rising of navigable waters), lightning,
cyclone, tornado, landslide, earthquake and volcanic
2. Scope of Cover
Whilst in transit on board the truck.
3. Clauses and Warranties under Truck Risks Clause
a. Red Clause “B” 1/11/76
a) Total Loss
aa. Actual Total – a material and physical loss of the subject matter
bb. Constructive Total – commercial loss of the subject matter
insured is reasonably assumed if more than ¾ of the value is
b) Partial Loss
Any other loss not considered total.
c) General Average Loss
Loss due to a general average act – when any extra-ordinary sacrifice or
expenditure is voluntarily and reasonably made or incurred in the time of
peril for the purpose of preserving the property imperilled in the common
1. CLAIMS PROCEDURE
In the event of loss or damage, it is the duty of the assured to safeguard his
insured cargo and he is required under his marine cargo policy, as follows:
a) To claim immediately on the carriers, Port Authorities or other Bailee for
any missing package.
b) To apply immediately for survey by carrier’s or other Bailees’
Representative if any loss or damage be apparent and claim on the
Carriers or other Bailees for any actual loss or damage found at such
c) In no circumstances, except under written protest, to give clean receipts
where goods are in doubtful condition.
d) To give notice in writing to the Carriers or other Bailees within three (3)
days of delivery if the loss or damage was not apparent at the time of
2. In general, the documents required by a marine insurer to be produced
by the assured for purposes of substantiating a loss under the policy
are the following:
a) Marine Cargo Policy
b) Supplier’s Invoice
c) Supplier’s Packing List
d) Bill of Lading
e) Certificate of Bad Order
f) Certificate of Short-Delivery
g) Certificate of Non-Delivery
h) Certificate of Short-Landing
i) Certificate of Survey
j) Correspondence exchange between the assured and Bailees
Part 4: MOTOR CAR INSURANCE
Motor Vehicle (Auto) Insurance, defined
- any kind of insurance pertaining to the ownership, maintenance or use of motor
Two (2) Major Divisions of Auto Insurance Coverage
1. Physical or Material Damage Coverage
This is the insurance that protects the insured from loss or damage to the car
itself. Example of covered losses are as follows:
a. Collision or overturning
b. Fire, lightning, self-ignition
c. External explosion
d. Burglary, theft
e. Malicious act, other than by the insured
f. Whilst being transported by road, rail, inland transit, lift or elevator.
2. Casualty Coverage – refers to the liability and personal accident coverage
afforded under the motor car policy; consists of the following sub-groupings:
a. Bodily Injury Liability
b. Property Damage Liability the insured shall become legally obligated to
pay for injury and/or damage to property belonging to others caused by
accident, arising from the use, ownership and maintenance of the insured
vehicle, subject to policy limits.
c. Personal Accident – this covers death or injuries to occupants of the
vehicle resulting from accident whilst boarding, riding or alighting from
the insured vehicle, regardless of liability.
Five (5) Motor Vehicle Policy Forms in Use:
1. Private Car Policy Form - for private use cars
2. Commercial Vehicle Form - for vehicles used for carriage of own goods and
for domestic and social purposes
3. Motor Trade Policy - this is the policy for motor car dealers for vehicles whilst
on display and on demonstration
4. Motor Cycle Policy - for motorcycles and tricycles
5. Land Transportation Operators Policy - for vehicles used for carriage of
passenger and cargo for hire or reward.
Automotive equipment not belonging under these classifications (e.g. mobile crane,
bulldozer, road grader, road roller, farm tractor, etc.) are insured under Inland Floater
BRIEF DISCUSSION OF PRINCIPAL POLICY CONDITIONS
1) Recital Clause
“Whereas the Insured by his corresponding proposal and declaration and which
shall be the basis of this contract and is deemed to be incorporated herein has
applied to the Company for the insurance hereinafter contained, subject to the
payment of the premium as consideration for such insurance.”
Two (2) terms in this Recital Clause must be noted:
a. Proposal Form
It is common practice in the insurance of motor vehicle to insist upon the
completion of a written proposal form setting out the details of the risk and it will
be observed that this proposal is incorporated in the policy and thus made part
of the policy. Any material misrepresentation may adversely affect the validity of
b. Premium – The Insurance Code provides:
1. “Sec. 77. An insurer is entitled to payment of the premium as soon as
the thing insured is exposed to the peril insured against. Notwithstanding
any agreement to the contrary, no policy or contract of insurance issued
by an insurance company is valid and binding unless and until the
premium thereof has been paid, except in the case of a life or an
industrial life policy whenever the grace period provisions applies.
2. Under Sec. 64 of the Insurance Code, non-payment of the premium is
one of the grounds that allows an insurance company to cancel a policy.
2) Section I – LIABILITY TO THE PUBLIC
a. Principal provision – to pay all sums necessary to discharge liability of the
insured in respect of bodily injury and/or death to any THIRD PARTY, in
an accident caused by or arising out of the use of the scheduled vehicle
provided that the insured’s liability shall have first been determined.
1. the purpose is to indemnify the insured
2. there must be an accident
3. the accident must have been caused by or arose out of the use of
the motor vehicle
4. the insured must be legally liable.
b. Limits of Liability – as specified in the schedule in accordance with the
c. Who are protected – (1) Insured and (2) Authorized driver
d. Extended Protection – This insurance protection covers the insured even
when personally driving another private car not belonging to him and not
hired by him under a hire purchase agreement.
e. Note that this policy provisions is in compliance with the Compulsory
Motor Vehicle insurance law.
3) Section II – NO FAULT INDEMNITY
a. Policy Provision – the insurance company will pay any claim for bodily
injury and/or death to any THIRD PARTY or passenger without the
necessity of proving fault or negligence of any kind.
1. total indemnity of any one third-party-not to exceed P10,000
subject to schedule of indemnities.
2. Proof of loss, under oath:
a. Police report of accident or any evidence sufficient to
establish the accident.
b. Medical report and evidence of medical or hospital
c. Death Certificate and evidence sufficient to establish the
c. Who will pay No-Fault
1. Claim must be made against only one vehicle owner or insurer.
2. If third party is occupant of a vehicle – insurer of vehicle in which
he is riding, mounting or dismounting will pay “No-Fault”.
3. In any other case – insurer of the directly offending vehicle will
4) Section III – LOSS OR DAMAGE
This part of the policy protects the vehicle described in the schedule, its
accessories and spare parts.
a. The CAUSES of loss or damage covered by the Policy
1. accidental collision or overturning
2. accidental collision or overturning consequent upon mechanical
breakdown or consequent upon wear and tear.
3. Fire, external explosion, self-ignition or lightning or
4. burglary, house breaking or theft.
5. Malicious act.
6. Whilst in transit (including the process of loading and unloading)
accidental to transit by road, rail, inland waterway, lift or
b. Methods of Indemnity – At the OPTION of the INSURANCE COMPANY:
1. Pay in cash the amount of loss or damage
2. Repair, Reinstate
3. Replace the vehicle
1. Insurer’s liability shall not exceed the cost of the parts or
damaged and the reasonable cost of fitting such parts or value of
the vehicle at the time of the loss.
2. Insured’s estimate of value of the vehicle as stated in the
schedule of the policy will be the maximum amount payable.
3. For the cost of replacement parts, the amount of settlement shall
be the cost of brand new part(s) to replace. The damage parts
less the following depreciation schedule (not applicable in case of
For Private Cars
Age of Vehicle
(share of the
Age of Vehicle
Rate of Depreciation
(share of the
Up to 3 years Nil Over 6 years up to 7 years 35%
Over 3 years up to 4 years 20% Over 7 years 40%
Over 4 years up to 5 years 25% Batteries, Tires, Ball
Over 5 years up to 6 years 30% Joint, Tie Rods, & Shock
For Commercial Vehicles
Age of Vehicle
(share of the
Age of Vehicle
Rate of Depreciation
(share of the
Up to 3 years Nil Over 6 years up to 7 years 40%
Over 3 years up to 4 years 25% Over 7 years 45%
Over 4 years up to 5 years 30% Rebuilt & Reconditioned
Over 5 years up to 6 years 35% Batteries, Tires, Ball
Joint, Tie Rods, & Shock
5) Section IV – EXCESS LIABILITY INSURANCE
This additional insurance, if requested, must be specified in the policy and the
premium for such coverage must be paid.
This is the part of the policy that covers LIABILITY of the Insured which are not
covered under Section I because of the limits in the schedule.
a. Policy Provision
1. The Insurance Company will reimburse the insured for all sums actually
paid by the Insured to discharge liability in accordance with all the
provisions of Section I except the limits of liability for Section I but only in
a. the limits of liability of Sections I and II when such limits have
been exhausted, or
b. the liability limits required for scheduled vehicle under Section 377
of the Insurance Code in the event no coverage exists as
described in par.(a)
2. The Company will pay all sums necessary to discharge liability of the
insured in respect of Damage to property in an accident caused by or
arising out of the use of the scheduled vehicle or in connection with the
loading or unloading of the scheduled vehicle.
a. Insured’s liability shall have first been determined either
- by final court judgment after actual trial, or
- by written agreement of insured, the claimant, and the
b. The Company shall not be liable in respect of damage to property
belonging to the Insured, or held in trust by, or in the custody or
control of the insured or any member of the Insured’s household
or being conveyed by the scheduled vehicle.
GENERAL EXCEPTIONS UNDER ANY SECTION
The following are not covered by the Policy:
1. Liability incurred outside the Philippines
2. Accident or liability whilst the vehicle is
- being used otherwise than in accordance with the limitations as to use.
- being driven by any person other than an Authorized Driver.
3. Liability by virtue of an agreement but which would not have attached in the
absence of agreement (except amicable settlement on minor accident to avoid
impairing flow of traffic).
4. Except claims under Sec. I and II, any loss, damage or liability, DIRECTLY OR
INDIRECTLY, PROXIMATELY OR REMOTELY occasioned by, contributed to by or
traceable to or ARISING OUT OF, or IN CONNECTION with
- flood, typhoon, hurricane
- volcanic eruption, earthquake or other convulsion of nature
- invasion, the act of foreign enemies, hostilities or warlike operations (whether
war be declared or not)
- civil commotion, mutiny, rebellion, insurrection, military or usurped power
- or by any direct or indirect consequences of any of said occurrences
The burden of proof for claim during the above circumstances is on the insured.
5. Any sum the insured could recover were it not for an agreement between the
insured and other party.
6. Bodily injury or death of:
- any person in the employ of the insured
- any member of insured’s household who is riding in the vehicle
IMPORTANT CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL SECTIONS
The following are conditions the Insured must know:
1. Notice – Every notice or communication regarding this policy must be
delivered in writing to the Company.
2. Safeguard of Vehicle – The Insured shall
- take reasonable steps to safeguard from loss or damage.
- maintain the vehicle in efficient condition.
- not leave the vehicle unattended without proper precautions to prevent
further loss or damage in the event of any accident or breakdown.
- in case of theft or other criminal act which may give rise to a claim,
give immediate notice to police and cooperate with the Company in
3. Notice of Claim
The insured shall, as soon as possible, give notice to the Company with
Every letter, claim, writ, summons and process shall be notified and
forwarded to the Company immediately on receipt.
4. Admission, Offer, Promise or Payment
No admission, offer, promise or payment shall be made by or on behalf of
the insured without the written consent of the Company.
5. Relinquish Conduct of Defense
The Company may pay to the Insured and the Third Party Claimant
jointly the full amount of the Company’s liability and relinquish the
conduct of any defense, settlement or proceedings.
Both the insurance company and the insured has the right to have the
7. In case of difference or dispute as to amount of Company’s liability,
arbitration is condition precedent to any action or suit upon the policy.
Part 5: ACCIDENT & HEALTH INSURANCE
A. Hazards to which Income – Earning Individuals (Income Producers)
1. Premature Natural Death – or dying too soon
2. Economic Death – or living too long
3. Disability Due to accident
4. Disability Due to Illness
B. Insurances for the physical and economic well-being of individuals
Life Insurance is the instrument which affords protection against the first two
hazards. By means of its policies, the family is guaranteed against the economic
consequences of the husband’s or father’s death, and the insured himself is
protected against the time when his earning days are over that the he becomes
a burden to the family.
Disability Insurance finds its uses in continuing the income of the insured during
the time when by reason of injury or illness he is unable to work. It has also a
collateral function in indemnifying the insured against the heavy additional
expenses which disability always entails.
Personal Accident (PA) Insurance – is that particular type of insurance which
provides benefits/indemnity in case of losses to the person or physical well-being
of an insured individual arising out of accident.
Types of Losses that can be sustained by the individual from accident and types
of Benefits available.
1. Accidental Loss of Life – Lump sum called Principal Sum
2. Accidental Loss of Limb or sight – Lump sum called Capital Sum
3. Loss of Income – Fixed cash benefits usually payable on weekly basis
4. Medical Expense – Medical Reimbursement
Health Insurance – includes a variety of individual and group coverage whose
basic purpose is to reimburse the cost of medical treatment and replace the lost
income in case of illness or injuries.
Forms of Health Insurance:
1) Basic Hospital Expense Insurance
2) Basic Surgical Expense Insurance
3) Physician’s Attendance Benefit
4) Major Medical Expense Insurance
C. Underwriting – unlike in property insurance where an ocular inspection of the
risks being insured can be made prior to binding of coverage, the personal
accident underwriter usually has just to content himself with an accomplished
application form to form a picture of the person he is insuring.
The application form for PA insurance usually provides for at least the following
1. Name 6. Beneficiary
2. Age 7. Health Status
3. Sex 8. Insurance History
4. Address 9. Existing Insurance
5. Occupation 10. Signature
Occupational Classification – The exposure of a person to accident is a function
of the type of work he does or his occupation.
4 Major Occupational Classes:
Class I - Non-hazardous occupation with office or travel duties
Class II - Limited occupational exposure
Class III - Skilled and semi-skilled with moderate occupational
Class IV - Skilled and semi-skilled with extensive occupational
D. Application of Fundamental Insurance Principles on Accident and
1. Utmost Good Faith. Although both parties to the proposed insurance
contract are bound by this doctrine, the duty of disclosure is more exacting
on the person applying for insurance. The prospective insured alone knows,
or should know, all the material facts that will have bearing on his
acceptability for this type of insurance, and it is his duty to disclose them.
2. Indemnity. A personal accident policy, as a rule, is not a contract of
indemnity but a benefit policy. Under a contract of indemnity, the amount
recoverable is measured by the extent of the insured’s financial loss. On the
other hand, a benefit policy is a contract to pay a sum of money in the event
of certain contingency, it is however wrong to state that a personal accident
policy is never a contract of indemnity. An employer may undertake to pay
an employee full wages in the event of his disablement and insure his liability
to do so. This is a contract of indemnity and the usual consideration applies.
In practice, the principle of indemnity is preserved as fas as possible by not
granting higher benefits than those justified by the applicant’s financial
standing. Whenever possible, if the sums insured seem large for a person of
a particular occupation and age, tactful inquiries should be made to see
whether he might be better off disabled than when working.
3. Subrogation. The right of subrogation, by which insurers run after Third
Parties causing the loss, arises only from a contract of indemnity. Since the
great majority of personal accident policies are not contracts of indemnity,
subrogation does not apply. This means that an insured may collect the
benefits payable under his policy and, in addition, claim against a negligent
third party, receiving compensation from him as though no benefit had been
received from any insurance.
4. Contribution. This, like subrogation, does not apply where the contract is not
one of indemnity. An insured may hold several personal accident policies and
is entitled to the full benefits of each. The total insurance benefits from the
several sources could therefore be far in excess of the insured’s usual
income. A safeguard is sometime provided by requiring the proposer to
disclose particulars of any other insurances held, so that it may be confirmed
that the combined benefits correspond to the proposer’s income.
5. Insurable Interest. This is always necessary for a valid insurance contract.
An individual is deemed to have an unlimited interest in his own person. In
many personal accident contracts, therefore, insurable interest presents no
problem, but the principle calls for special consideration if the insurance is
taken on another person. Examples are an employer who insures his
employees, or a wife who insures her husband. In most insurance contracts,
the insured must have an insurable interest at the time of loss, but with
personal accident insurance and life insurance, it is thought to be sufficient if
there was a valid interest when the policy was issued or when it was last
6. Proximate Cause. The doctrine of proximate cause is important in dealing
with personal accident claims, because more than one cause may operate to
produce the condition resulting in the claim. It must then be ascertained
whether the dominant and effective cause was an insured peril on one which
was excluded from the contract.
As an example, an insured suffers from gall stones, is knocked down by a
motor car and dies, although but for the gall stones he would not have died.
His death is not an accident within the policy (Cawley V. National Employers,
E. The Policy Form.
The policy form to be considered in this lesson is that in general use for annual
contracts. The wording and arrangement of the principal clauses vary with
insurers. There are two forms existing: the Continental or British form and the
American form. One clear difference between the two is in the scale of
Indemnities for non-death losses. The continental form defines “loss” as
meaning amputation or loss of use, whereas the American form defines it as only
actual severance or dismemberment. The constituent parts of a Personal
Accident policy is the same as other policies, earlier discussed and need not be
Part 6: AVIATION INSURANCE
Aviation insurance is an insurance against risk of loss or liability which may be
incurred in connection with the ownership or operation of an aircraft.
2. TYPES OF COVERAGES
a) Hull Insurance - provides coverage for actual physical loss of or
damage to the insured aircraft from fire, explosion, windstorm, theft,
crash or other causes while in flight, taxiing, moored or on the ground.
b) Liability Insurance
aa. Third Party Liability - indemnifies the insured in respect of all
sums which the latter may be legally held liable for death and/or
bodily injury or property damage arising out of the ownership or
operation of the aircraft.
bb. Passenger Legal Liability - protects the insured against legal
liability arising out of the death or injury of any passenger whilst
boarding, in or disembarking from the aircraft.
cc. Passenger Admitted Liability - (sometimes called Passenger
Voluntary Settlement Endorsement) - pays benefits in respect of
accidental bodily injury sustained by any passenger even if the
owner or operator of the aircraft it not legally liable.
dd. Combined Single Limit Liability - as the title implies, the
coverage states the insurer’s maximum liability for any one or any
combination of the above coverage) other than Hull).
ee. Pilot Seat Accident Insurance - provides for accident
insurance covering any authorized pilot operating the aircraft at
the time of the occurrence which gives rise to a claim for bodily
injury or death of the pilot.
ff. Medical Expense Reimbursement - provides for
reimbursement of medical, hospital or surgical expenses incurred
due to any accident resulting in death or bodily injury to
passengers or pilot.
3. UNDERWRITING INFORMATION
a) Description of Aircraft
i Make, Type and Series Number
ii Year of Manufacture
iii Declared Maximum Number of Passengers to be carried at
any one time
iv Identification Marks
i Number and Type
cc. Extra Equipment and Accessories
i Aircraft with standard instruments and equipment
ii Details of extra equipment and accessories
b) Geographical Limit - Republic of the Philippines
c) Pilot - The aircraft will be operated in flight only by a named pilot or as
approved by the assured subject to a certain number of flying hours.
aa. Business and Pleasure - personal, pleasure, family and
business uses excluding any operation for hire or reward or for
bb. Industrial Aid - all the uses stated in business and pleasure
also the transportation of executives, employees, guests of the
insured, goods and merchandise but excluding any operation for
hire or reward or for instruction.
cc. Limited Commercial - all uses in business and pleasure and
industrial aid also the carriage of passengers and freight for hire
or reward but excluding any form of instructions or rental to
dd. Commercial - all the uses stated in the foregoing also use for
any other purpose to be specifically declared.
Part 7 MISCELLANEOUS INSURANCE
LINES: CRIME INSURANCE
A. Burglary, Robbery and Theft Insurance
Burglary, robbery and theft insurance pays for losses which are due to criminal
activities. For this reason, this line is often referred to as “Crime Insurance”.
There are a very large number of Crime policies however only a few of them are
completely standardized. The majority of them, though, use approximately the
B. Characteristic of Crime Policies
Certain characteristics differentiate Burglary, Robbery and Theft from other types
1. The act insured against is a violation of the law;
2. There is a considerable amount of adverse selection and crime coverage
tends to be purchased only by persons who feel they are exposed to a high
degree of risk;
3. The crimes insured against are defined in the policy, and the policy definition
governs regardless of any statutory definition;
4. Policies are generally named-risk contracts. However, a few coverages are
written on an all-risk basis;
5. The property insured is often of high value, since it is natural for criminals to
attracted to especially valuable property;
6. Co-insurance is often required as a means of combating the tendency toward
underinsurance. First loss cover, however, may also be granted but at a high
C. Differences between Crime Coverages
1. As to the hazards covered, that is, burglary, robbery, theft, mysterious
2. Whether coverage applies on the premises, off the premises, or both.
3. The type of property to the covered. Some contract limit the coverage to
stock only while others apply only to money and securities.
4. Persons who are covered. Some contracts cover only specified persons such
as paymasters or messengers.
5. The manner in which the limits of liability apply. This concerns whether the
insurance is on blanket or scheduled basis.
6. Whether the property covered is personal, business, or professional property.
7. Whether the contract is written on a specified perils or all-risk basis.
D. Make-up of Burglary, Robbery and Theft Contracts
The usual crime policies are composed of four sections:
1. Declarations – contain information regarding the insured, his address, his
past losses, and such additional information as is necessary to properly
identify the insured and assist in rating the policy.
2. Insuring Agreement – sets out the circumstances under which the insurers
are liable to the insured and must be read in conjunction with the
3. Exclusions – specify those types of property and those perils which are not
within the scope of the policy.
4. Conditions – cover such diverse matters as claims procedure, proofs of loss,
cancellation, other insurance, changes and the like.
E. Damage Caused by Criminal or attempted Criminal Acts
When premises are broken into by thieves, there is usually a certain amount of
damage to them. In some cases this may be negligible, while in others, it may be
very extensive. There are numerous cases where criminals frustrated in their
attempts at a theft, have deliberately wrecked the premises. It is the general
practice of all burglary, robbery and theft contracts to cover damage caused by
commission or attempted commission of an act which is covered by the policy.
Damage which results from an act not covered by the policy would of course, not
come within its scope. Thus a policy covering only robbery would not pay for
damage which resulted from an attempted burglary and vice- versa.
Definition of Terms
Crime coverages will usually contain a specific definition of the acts which are
covered. Burglary, robbery and theft are sometimes defined in different ways.
Therefore, it is necessary that the policy give as specific definition, so that there
may be no question as to what is included in the coverage. The following
definitions are taken from typical policies:
1. Burglary - The felonious abstraction of property from within the premises, by
any person or persons making felonious entry therein by actual force and
violence when such premises are not open for business, of which there shall
be visible marks made upon the exterior of the premises at the place of such
entry by tools, explosives, electricity or chemicals.
2. Robbery - the felonious taking of insured property
(1) by violence inflicted upon a custodian,
(2) by putting him in fear of violence,
(3) by any other overt felonious act committed in his presence and of
which he is actually cognizant, provided such act is not committed
by an officer, partner of employee of the insured,
(4) from the person or direct care and custody of a custodian who has
been killed or rendered unconscious by injuries inflicted
maliciously or sustained accidentally.
3. Theft - Any act of stealing
4. Money - Means currency, coins, bank notes and bullion
5. Securities - All negotiable and non-negotiable instruments or contracts
representing either money or other property and includes revenue and other
stamps in current use, tokens, and tickets, but does not include money.
6. Business - Includes trade, profession, or occupation
7. Premises - There are different definitions of “premises” in various contracts
due to the fact that some are intended to cover only the immediate premises,
while other contain various extensions. Policies issued to cover business firms
often contain following definition of premises: “That portion of the interior of
any building or buildings which is occupied in whole or in part by the insured
in conducting its business”. (Where the contract is issued to cover the
personal activities of the insured, the policy will often define premises to
include grounds, garages, stables, and other outbuildings).
8. Insured - The policy definition varies from contract to contract. The major
distinction is whether the contract covers only the named insured or whether
it also applies to other persons. Crime coverages issued to individual often
include members of the insured family, while they are a resident of the
insured’s household, as well as the named insured. However, in such cases it
is customary to exclude resident employees, and persons unrelated to the
named insured. However, in such cases it is customary to exclude resident
employees, and persons unrelated to the named insured or his spouse who
pay board or rent to the insured or his spouse.
9. Guard - Any male person not less than seventeen nor more than sixty-five
years of age who accompanies a custodian by direction of the insured, but
who is not a driver of a public conveyance.
10.Larceny - The terms “larceny” and “theft” are generally identical, and
therefore are used interchangeably. A theft involves the taking of the
personal possesions of another with a dishonest intent. Since “theft” and
“larceny” include both burglary and robbery, it is not necessary to define the
latter terms in policies covering theft or larceny. There are other terms found
in this general line of insurance, which essentially mean the same as above.
For example, one might find a policy covering “wrongful abstraction” or
“willful mis-application” of funds. It is sufficient to state that these terms are
essentially the same as those already mentioned. It is important to note,
however, that burglary, robbery and theft policies never cover losses caused
through the dishonesty of the insured or his employee. Coverage for
employee dishonesty is provided by Fidelity Insurance or Fidelity Bond.
Types of Policies
Crime policies may be classified on the basis of the peril which they insured -
burglary, robbery or theft. They may also be classified as to the buyer -
individuals or commercial establishments. A third possible classification is
whether the contract provides a limited or broad type of coverage. Examples of
type of crime coverages are as follows:
1. Individual Coverages
a. Broad Form Personal Theft - covers mysterious disappearance
b. Limited form Personal Theft - does not cover mysterious disappearance.
2. Business Coverages
a. Mercantile Open Stock Burglary > covers not only the stocks
of business enterprise but
b. Mercantile Open Stock Theft > also its fixtures, machinery
& equipment & premises
c. Mercantile Safe Burglary - Covers money and securities in safe lost by
d. Mercantile Robbery - Covers money and securities and other property lost
e. Paymaster robbery - Covers loss of payroll funds caused by Robbery
inside or outside the premises of the insured.
f. Money and Securities Broad Form - This is practically an all-risk cover for
money and securities inside or outside premises.
Part 8: MISCELLANEOUS INSURANCE LINES:
A. Liability Insurance.
It goes under diverse names as “General Liability Insurance”, Third Party Liability
Insurance” and “Liability other than Automobile”. It is basically designed to
cover the responsibility for payment which an insured may incur to other
members of the public because of bodily injury or property damage which they
have suffered. In order for the insured to be held responsible for bodily injury or
property damage to others, he must have incurred such liability as a matter of
law or have voluntarily agreed to it as a matter of contract (Contractual Liability).
Liability insurance is often referred to as “Third Party Insurance” since there are
always three parties involved – the Insurance company, the policyholder and the
injured third party. This situation is in contrast to that in most insurance
coverages in which there are only two parties – the insurer and the insured.
B. Major Types of Liability Insurance available in the market
1. Business Liability Coverages
a. Owners’ landlords’ and tenants’
b. Manufacturers’ and contractors’
c. Elevator Liability
d. Products Liability
e. Owners’ or Contractors’ Protective Liability
f. Contractual Liability
2. Professional Liability Coverages
a. Physicians’, Surgeons’ and Dentists’ Malpractice
b. Druggist Liability
c. Hospital Liability
3. Personal Liability Coverages
a. Residence Liability
b. Sports Liability
c. Dog Liability
4. Comprehensive Liability Policies
a. Comprehensive General Liability
b. Comprehensive Personal Liability
C. The Liability Hazard: Negligence. Any action which results in harm to
another person may be either a criminal act or civil act. A criminal act such as
murder or robbery, is a crime against society and is punished by the state. A civil
wrong is a wrong against a specific person and constitutes an invasion of the
rights of this third party. Civil wrongs are divided into two types: torts and
breach of contract.
Liability Insurance Policies. Are primarily concerned with paying for damages
caused by the negligence of the insured. Negligence is a tort. The usual legal
remedy in case involving civil wrongs is a suit for monetary damages. Liability
insurance covers those sums which may be awarded to an injured party due to
negligence on the part of the insured.
Negligence. May be defined as "a failure to exercise due care". There are
numerous unavoidable accidents for which it is unfair to hold anyone legally
responsible. The right of recovery for damages due to negligence arises from the
fact that society expects every person to conduct himself in such a way as not to
injure other members of society. As a matter of self-protection, society requires
that every person take into account the result of his actions on other persons. If
a person fails to exercise such due care and bodily injury or property damage
results, the injured party may have a right to reimbursement.
D. Liability vs Accident Insurance. A careful distinction must be made between
liability insurance and accident insurance. Both kinds of contracts may pay a
person who has been injured. However. many people have the mistaken belief
that if someone is injured, and insurance is carried, the injured party is entitled
to compensation. This is not the case, since the liability contract pays only if the
insured is legally obligated to pay the injured party. The fact that the insured,
under a liability contract, may feel partly responsible for payment of the injured
party's medical expenses, for example, is entirely irrelevant. The burden of proof
generally rests on the injured party to prove that the person who injured him
was negligent. Theoretically, no insurance company issuing a liability policy need
pay until such time as a decision is rendered by a competent court. Practically
speaking, of course, most companies find it preferable to settle cases out of
court if they feel that the facts of the case are such that the court would
eventually hold the insured liable.
E. On-Premises vs Off-Premises Coverage. Certain contracts are written to
cover liability arising from activities on the premises, others to cover liability
incurred off-premises, and some cover both situations. The Owner's, Landlord's
and Tenant's policy, for example, is primarily designed to cover liability arising
out of accidents in and around the place of business.
The Completed Operations section of the Products Liability policy is designed to
cover off the premises of the insured. The Comprehensive Personal Liability
policy covers occurrences both on the and off the premises of the insured.
F. Direct vs Contingent Liability Contracts. The majority of liability contracts
cover the direct liability imposed by law which the insured may incur to others.
So called contingent or protective liability policies cover the liability of the insured
which is due to liability incurred by other person. For example, a general
contractor may be responsible for an accident of his sub-contractor, and this may
be covered under a contingent liability policy.
G. General Make-up of Public Liability Policies.
1. Face of the Policy - contains such routine information as name and address
of insured, policy period, occupation of the insured and certain declaration
made by the insured concerning details of his operations.
2. Insuring Agreement - the heart of the liability contract composed of the
insuring agreements which, generally speaking, are as follows:
a. Coverage A - Bodily Injury Liability - To indemnify the Insured for loss by
reason of the liability imposed by law upon the Insured, or assumed by
him under contract as defined herein, for damages, including damages
for care and loss of services, because of bodily injury, including death at
any time resulting therefrom, sustained by any person or persons caused
Coverage B - Property Damage Liability - To indemnify the Insured for
loss by reason of the liability imposed by law upon the Insured or
assumed by him under contract as defined herein, for damages because
of injury to or destruction of property, including the loss of use thereof
caused by accident.
b. Defense, Settlement, Supplementary Payments - To indemnify the
Insured for all legal expense (including taxed court costs and interest on
that part of any verdict, judgment or award covered under this policy)
incurred with the consent of the company in connection with any suit,
even if groundless, brought against the Insured on account of this policy,
including the premiums on appeal bonds and release of attachment
bonds filed by the Insured in such suits.
3. General Exclusion in Liability Contracts - the following are the major
exclusions generally found in liability contracts:
a. Liability arising from the ownership or operation of aircraft.
b. Liability arising from the ownership or operation of automobile, boats or
c. Any sickness or injury incurred by employees.
d. The war risk.
e. Damage to property in the care, custody or control of the Insured.
f. Injury by products manufactured or sold by the insured or work which
has been completed by the Insured of which the accident arises, unless
g. Liability due to work of independent contractors or as a result of
structural alterations, unless specifically assumed.
h. Contractual liability, unless specifically assumed.
i. Elevator liability, unless specifically assumed.
j. Intentional injury or damage.
4. Conditions - Cover such diverse matters as claims procedure, proofs of loss,
cancellation, other insurance, changes and the like.
H. Limits of Liability. Liability Policies often contain separate limits for Bodily
Injury and for Property Damage. In addition, there is usually a separate per-
person limit and per-accident limit for the Bodily Injury portion. The per-person
limit is the maximum the company will pay to any one person. The per-accident
limit is the maximum the company will pay for any given accident regardless of
the number of persons who may be involved. With respect to property damage
liability, there is a single limit applying to any accident. Some policies contain an
aggregate policy limit for both Bodily Injury and Property Damage, which is the
maximum amount the company will pay during any given policy year.
I. Comprehensive General Liability. This is the broadest form of public liability
coverage normally made available. This policy has five sub-divisions:
1. Premises/Operations Liability - This is the basic and most important section
of the CGL contract. It provides coverages for claims arising out of the
ownership, maintenance or use of the insured's premises and any and all
operations performed by the Insured.
2. Elevator Liability - This coverage pays for liability arising form the ownership,
maintenance, or use of elevators. Coverage applies while members of the
public are in the elevator, or leaving or entering it. Strangely enough, it is
possible to endorse this section of the policy to include "collision" insurance
under which the company agrees to pay "direct and accidental loss of or
damage to elevators and other property caused by collision of elevator or
anything carried thereon with another object".
3. Independent Contracts - also known as Owner's or Contractor's Protective
Liability, this type of cover represents a change from the general pattern of
liability contracts. It is not a direct coverage for the acts of the insured, but a
contingent coverage for the acts of others. It is sometimes referred to as a
"defense coverage" since it is often purchased because of the promise of the
insurance company to defend the insured in court against all lawsuits. The
purpose of this section is to cover the insured against liability which has been
incurred by others, but for which the insured may be secondarily liable.
4. Products Liability Completed Operations Coverage - In essence this coverage
is designed to pay for accidents which result from mistakes in the
manufacture or preparation of products or the rendering of service work. The
coverage provides that the accident must occur -
• away from the insured's premises
• after the insured has relinquished the products to others.
The Products Liability coverage applies to those who manufacture or market
products to be sold to others. The completed operations section is applicable
primarily to firms engaged in the servicing, installation and repair work. It
should be particularly noted that under the property damage section, there is
an exclusion for damage to the product or premises out of which the accident
arises. Thus, if a can of hair spray explodes, injuring the user and breaking
the mirror in front of which he is sitting, the company would pay for the
injury of the user and the replacement of the broken mirror, but not to the
replacement of the can of hair spray.
5. Contractual liability - It has been previously noted that most liability policies
cover only the "liability imposed by law''. Contractual liability insurance is
written to cover a different hazard, namely, liability which the insured has
voluntarily assumed under a contract with a Third party. The CGL policy
automatically covers the following contractual assumptions of liability:
a. a lease of premises
b. a sidetrack agreement
c. elevator or escalator maintenance agreement
d. an easement required by municipal ordinance in connection with the work
for the municipality.
In addition, other types of agreements may be covered by this section if the
company is willing to insure them. Other types of agreements must be specially
submitted to the company for individual examination and rating. This must be
specifically included by endorsement under this policy.
Part 9 ENGINEERING INSURANCE
I. Engineering Insurance: Its Scope
Engineering Insurance refers collectively to such specialty insurance lines which
seemingly are too technical for an insurance layman to handle and which
comprise the following insurance product lines: Contractors’ All-Risks Insurance,
Erection All-Risks Insurance, Machinery Breakdown Insurance, Loss of Profits
following Machinery Breakdown Insurance, Deterioration of Stocks Insurance,
Boiler & Pressure Vessel Insurance & Electronic Equipment Insurance.
II. Coverage Features
A. Contractors’ All Risks (CAR) Insurance – Covers “All Risks” arising out of the
construction of buildings or structures. It is a property insurance by which
any building or civil engineering project is protected against accidents
resulting in physical damage to or the destruction of works in progress,
construction plant and equipment and/or construction machinery on the site.
Furthermore, the third party liability arising out of the construction can be
a. Necessity for CAR Insurance
The work of the contractor is not – as in the case of industrial production
– performed in the factory or workshop where, to a large extent,
precautions for preventing damage can be taken. As a rule, the
contractor works on a building site exposed to unknown and unforseeable
dangers, such as subsidence, ground water, flood and inundation, as well
as to unfavorable weather conditions which may cause damage.
Moreover, he has to contend with the potential liability claims, that may
be caused to Third parties. Owing to keen competition, contracting firms
are often not in a position to include in their prices a sufficient margin for
the risks involved, if they wish their tender to be successful. This is
especially true in view of the fact that they may also be answerable for
losses and damage sustained by the contract works until these are taken
over by the project owners. Directly connected with this risk is the
additional liability carried out for the purpose of complying with his
obligations under the maintenance clause of the building contract.
For good reasons, project owners, consulting engineers, architects and
financiers have made the acceptance of tender dependent on a CAR
insurance being effected.
b. Subject-matter Insured
aa. Primarily covers the “work” to be carried out under the contract and
includes all materials stored on the site but not yet incorporated in
the structure. “Work” means the execution of all permanent contract
works by the contractors, including preparatory work on the site,
grading, levelling, excavation and other earth work, as well as the
execution of temporary works provided for in the plans and
separately paid for by the project owners or principal.
The value of material supplied by the principal must be added to the
sum insured, since it constitutes property held in trust or custody.
CAR can generally be taken out for all building and civil engineering
projects, such as:
Dwelling houses, office buildings, warehouse, hospitals, schools,
factories, silos, water towers, bridges, dams, canals, tunnels,
irrigation & water supply systems, drainage & sewer systems,
roads, railway, runways, construction work in connection with
power stations, ports, airports, etc.
bb. Construction plant and equipment which is used on the site at the
discretion of the contractor, such as:
Sheds, stores, tracks, temporary accommodation and other
temporary buildings, scaffoldings, form work, power supply &
distributing plant, water supply installation, auxiliary bridges,
The construction machinery used for the execution of the contract
works, such as excavators, bulldozers, rollers, pile drivers, vibrators,
concrete mixers, cranes, hoists, drilling machines, air compressors,
pumps, dumpers, trucks not licensed for use on public roads etc may
also be included for insurance, whether or not this machinery is the
property of the contractor or is on hire.
cc. If the installation and/or erection of machinery and/or steel structure
is included under the building contract, such can be insured also
under CAR provided the value of installation and erection works
(which normally should be covered under Erection All Risks) is less
than 50% of the total sum insured.
dd. CAR may also include Third Party Liability for fatal or non-fatal injury
and property damage arising from the construction up to the agreed
limit. Persons who are employed by the Insured on the site are not
however, considered as third party, but can be covered under
separate personal accident insurance or Workmen’s Compensation
c. Insured Perils: CAR covers the following:
1. Loss or damage caused by:
a. “Acts of God”
aa. storm, tempest, hurricane, cyclone, typhoon, tidal wave
bb. flood, inundation
cc. landslide, rockslide, subsidence, earthquake
2. Loss or damage consequent upon:
a. The use of faulty or unsuitable material
b. Bad Workmanship
c. Faulty design for which either the principal or the contractor or an
independent architect or consulting engineers is responsible.
However the costs of rectifying defects in material, design or
workmanships, that is, the costs of replacing parts found to be
defective are not covered by the insurance.
3. Loss of or damage to material, construction plant, equipment and/or
machinery occurring during unloading and/or loading, including
intermediate storage on the site. The same applies to construction
plant, equipment and machinery whilst being erected and/or
4. Loss or damage caused by burglary, theft or sabotage.
d. Excluded Perils
1. War or warlike operations, invasion, civil war, strike, riot, rebellion,
civil commotion, confiscation or destruction by order of authorities.
2. Nuclear reaction, nuclear radiation or radioactive contamination.
3. Mechanical and/or electrical breakdown of construction machinery,
plant and equipment, normal atmospheric influence, corrosion,
oxidation or wear and tear (loss or damage consequent thereon is
however covered by CAR insurance).
4. Acts or orders made by the Insured or by his authorized
representatives, if such acts or orders are contrary to recognized rules
of engineering or to any legal regulation or provision.
5. Loss of or damage to files, bills, notes, cash, securities.
6. Loss of property discovered during the making of an inventory.
7. Penalties under contracts, fines, losses incurred as a result of delays
in the completion of contract works or cancellation of the contract.
8. Loss or damage due to partial or total cessation or work.
9. Loss or damage to motor vehicles licensed for general use on public
highways, watercraft and aircraft.
10. Third party liability claims under motor vehicle TPL.
e. Policy Period – Maintenance Period
CAR Insurance unlike other insurance, is not an annual insurance. The
cover provided attaches from the commencement of the work at the site
and remains in force until the contract works are completed and taken
over by the principal or put into service by the latter. It is advisable for
the Insured to take out fire insurance for any sections of the contract
completed and turned over to the principal.
Since the building site is the insured locations, the construction plant,
equipment and machinery is covered from the time of arriving at the site
until leaving it.
Upon request, the CAR policy may be extended to cover the subsequent
maintenance period which usually lasts from 3 to 12 months. The cover
during this period is however restricted and is exclusively in respect of
loss or damage arising out of the performance of guarantee work. This
usually consists of works not in accordance with the contract or are in
any way defective.
f. Sum Insured
The sum insured must be equal to the sum of the following:
aa. Contract value – amount laid down in the contract
bb. Additional work performed by day labor and other supplementary
cc. Value of building materials and structural parts supplied by principal
dd. The value of the construction plant, equipment and machinery
increases the sum insured where such items are declared for
insurance. They must be insured at their replacement value.
B. Erection All Risks (EAR) Insurance – Is an “All Risks” cover for the entire
duration of the erection, commencing when the machinery and plant
intended for installation is unloaded at the site and continuing during storage
on the site, during erection and the subsequent test period. EAR provides a
very comprehensive cover for machinery mechanical equipment, apparatus,
steel construction of any kind while in the process of installation in factories
and industrial plants such as oil refineries, sugar mills, cement plants, paper
a. Necessity for EAR Insurance
The progress of industrialization, entailing the erection of machinery and
plant of increased size and value has rendered it impossible for firms
engaged in erection to carry the high liabilities involved for their own
b. Subject-matter Insured
aa. Machinery, mechanical equipment, apparatus, steel construction of
any kind on the site where they are subsequently to be used,
including the necessary construction work provided the nature of the
project is predominantly that of an erection;
bb. Pipelines and overhead transmission lines, including all the work
necessary for laying or erecting them;
cc. Second-hand machinery which is in good working order, provided
that the insurance terminates upon the commencement of the
testing period which is not insurable, in the case of second-hand
machinery. Subject further to the exclusion of loss or damage which
can be proved to have arisen from the previous operation of the
dd. Machinery & equipment required to carry out the erection (e.g.
compressors, cranes, mast). Experience has shown that such
machinery & equipment is prone to loss since usually it is used
(second-hand) which is not regularly serviced. In addition it is
exposed to the elements and this must be taken into account in
rating. A condition precedent to insuring erection machinery and
equipment is that the object to be installed or erected is also insured.
ee. Removal of debris, which is especially important where steel
constructions are concerned.
ff. Additional costs incurred for overtime work, work on Sundays and
holidays, as well as express freight. Air freight, however, being
excluded in principle.
c. Insured Perils: EAR covers the following:
aa. Faults in erection
bb. Lack of skill, carelessness, negligence
cc. Malicious damage and sabotage
ee. Accidents such as falling of objects, breakdown of erection
equipment, or damage to machinery caused by the collapse of
building or parts thereof.
ff. Fire, lightning, explosion
gg. Acts of God: storm, hurricane, tornado, typhoon, cyclone, flood,
inundation, subsidence, landslide, rockslide.
hh. Third party liability for the following damage and/or injuries may be
i damage to property of third parties, including property held in
trust by or under the custody of the insured and for which he is
ii bodily injuries sustained by third parties excluding employees and
workers of the purchaser or of any contractors.
aa. War or warlike actions, strike, riot, civil commotion, nuclear energy.
bb. Deliberate acts or gross negligence on the part of the Insured
cc. Penalties under contract.
dd. Operational deficiencies
ee. Loss or damage arising from faulty design, defects in casting,
defective material, bad workmanship and workshop faults are not
normally covered by EAR since such losses come under the
manufacturer’s liability and the purchaser has a warranty that such
defects will be made good. If, however, the manufacturer is also the
erector and the policy is made out in his name, the insurance can be
extended to cover such losses against payment of an additional
e. Period of Insurance
The insurance commences when the property to be insured is unloaded
at the erection site and continues until the machinery or plant is
completely installed or erected and tested. It automatically includes
therefore any storage prior to the commencement of the erection or
during erection and the test operation or test loading, the duration of
which is normally limited to four weeks.
f. Sum Insured
This is the contract price of the machinery or plant, including freight,
customs duties and erection costs. Amounts to be insured for removal of
debris, civil engineering works and third party liability should be fixed
g. Maintenance Period
If this insurance is provided during the period the suppliers are obliged to
supervise the new machinery or plant and initiate the purchasers
personnel into its operation, it should be noted that the cover includes
only loss or damage caused by errors on the part of the supervising
personnel in the course of training the purchaser’s staff. Any other loss
or damage should be covered under appropriate machinery breakdown,
fire, TPL, etc. policies.
C. Machinery Breakdown (MB) Insurance – Is an “Accident” Insurance on
machinery, mechanical equipment and apparatus, it covers any unforeseen
and sudden loss or damage due to external causes, including human error,
as well as loss or damage due to causes inherent in the machine itself.
a. Necessity for MB Insurance
Anything mechanical or subject to pressure can fail, sometimes with
frightening frequency. Statistics gathered by a large insurance company
show how many machinery objects and their parts will fail and suffer and
accident each year and the cost could pose financial hardships to plant
b. Examples of Objects Insured under MB Insurance
aa. Turbo generator sets
cc. Electric motors
dd. Steam engines, internal combustion engines
ee. Outside equipment such as pile driver, material handling plant,
c. Insured Perils
aa. Faulty design bad workmanship, workshop or erection faults, faulty
casting and faulty material
bb. Lack of skill, carelessness, malicious damage
dd. Shortage or water in boilers
ee. Tearing apart on account of centrifugal force
ff. Physical explosion
gg. Any other damage occurring as a result of unforeseen events.
aa. Perils covered under any other types of insurance such as fire,
lightning, chemical explosion, burglary and theft.
bb. Wear and tear, cavitation, erosion, corrosion, rust and boiler-scale.
cc. War or warlike operations, civil commotion, strike, riot etc. nuclear
dd. Acts of God
ee. Willful or grossly negligent act on the part of the insured or his
ff. Losses covered by warranty
e. Sum Insured
The sum insured should always be the replacement cost of the insured
machinery (replacement value plus customs duty, transportation and
installation charges), since it is necessary in the case of repairs to obtain
new parts to be installed in the damaged machinery.
D. Loss of Profits Following Machinery Breakdown Insurance
a. What it covers
This insurance provides cover for the actual loss of profits sustained as a
result of a business interruption caused by an accident indemnifiable
under machinery breakdown insurance. Basically, a loss due to an
interruption of business is made up of the following factors:
• The reduction in turnover resulting from decreased production
or other impairment of business operations caused by an
• The increase in cost of working, i.e., the additional
expenditure necessarily and reasonably incurred for avoiding
or diminishing the reduction in turn over.
b. Period of Insurance
The policy is usually issued on an annual basis normally commencing and
ending at 12 midnight.
c. Sum Insured
The sum insured is made up of the gross profit obtained from the
turnover of goods produced or handled in the course of the Insured’s
business for a period of 12 consecutive calendar months.
d. Indemnity Period
Represents the maximum time for which the insurers is liable for loss of
profit, commences when loss of profits begins. Indemnity period is
usually fixed at 3, 6, 9 or 12 months.
E. Deterioration of Stocks Insurance
a. What it is?
It is an insurance against deterioration of goods placed in cold storage
due to a breakdown of refrigerating machinery.
It is a follow-up cover to machinery breakdown insurance and may only
be taken in connection with the latter.
b. What can be insured?
All goods suitable for storage in cold-storage houses may be covered
aa. Fruits, like apples, pears, berries, citrus fruit, bananas, etc.
bb. Vegetables like potatoes, onions, carrots, asparagus, cabbage.
cc. Fresh meat, fresh and smoke fish
dd. Dairy products, canned foods, pre-cooked dishes
ff. Vaccines, drugs and other substances for medical purposes
gg. Chemical and technical products
c. Period of Insurance
Usually issued on annual basis and ending at 12 midnight.
d. Sum Insured
This is based on the probable maximum sales price obtainable for the
goods during the policy period.
F. Boiler & Pressure Vessel Insurance
a. What it covers?
Boiler & Pressure Vessel Insurance is an accident insurance for Boilers
and Pressure Vessels against the risk of explosion and collapse.
aa. EXPLOSION means the sudden and violent rending or tearing apart
of the permanent structure of a boiler or other apparatus by force
of internal steam or fluid pressure causing bodily displacement of
the structure or any part thereof and accompanied by forcible
ejectment of its contents.
bb. COLLAPSE means the sudden and dangerous distortion of any part
of a boiler or other apparatus by bending or crushing caused by
steam or fluid pressure whether attended by rupture or not. A
slowly developing deformation due to any cause is not considered a
b. Subject Matter Insured:
aa. Damage to the Boiler or other apparatus described
bb. Damage to surrounding property owned by the Insured
cc. Liability on account of fatal or non-fatal injuries to or damage to the
property of Third Parties.
c. Causes of Explosion or Collapse, Covered under the Policy
aa. Hidden and undetected weaknesses and flaws in condition,
workmanship and materials
bb. The human element
cc. Overloading and failure of protective devices
d. Flue Gas Explosion
Sometimes referred to as a Furnace Explosion is the explosion caused by
the ignition of urburnt gases in the furnace or flues of the boiler. This is
an additional peril to the normal cover and requires an additional
G. Electronic Equipment Insurance (EEI)
a. What it is?
EEI is designed to provide appropriate cover for all types of electronic
equipment, computers, delicate electric and electro-mechanical
equipment such as radio broadcast, television and camera equipment,
medical, communication, office equipment, etc.
b. Insured Perils
aa. Explosion, fire and lightning
cc. Short circuit, over voltage, failure of insulation, arcing,
electromagnetic phenomena and implosion
dd. Damage to expendable parts (bulbs, ribbons, belts, tapes, etc.
c. Sum Insured
The new replacement value of a new equivalent item, including packing,
freight, customs duties and cost of installation.
Part 10 B O N D S
A bond is an agreement among three parties whereby a Surety Company
guarantees the performance by individual (called the Principal) of an obligation
or undertaking in favor of a third party (called the obligee).
The Surety Company undertakes to indemnify the Obligee for whatever loss he
might suffer if the Principal fails to comply with his obligation. A bond is
secondary to the Principal or original contract.
2. PARTIES TO A BOND
a) Surety - is the bonding company
b) Principal - (or obligor) is the guaranteed or bonded party whose conduct
the Surety is held responsible.
c) Obligee - is the insured party in whose favor the bond is issued.
3. BOND TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The terms and conditions of a bond are usually drawn from the primary contract
between the Principal and Obligee or from the laws, rules, and regulations in
case of bonds in favor of the government or any of its instrumentalities. It is
therefore essential that a copy of the basic contract be submitted in order to fully
appreciate the extent of the obligations sought to be covered by the bond
applied for. In case of verbal agreements where the obligations of the Principal
is merely implied as in the case of employment contracts, it may be necessary to
specify in clear unmistakable terms the liability the Surety Company is willing to
assume under the bond. For those obligations imposed by the laws, rules and
regulations of the government and its instrumentalities, a familiarity or frequent
reference to the statutes concerned will be expected of a prudent underwriter.
4. THREE (3) “C’ S” OF SURETY UNDERWRITING
a) Character b) Capacity c) Capital
5. COLLATERAL REQUIREMENTS
a) Signatures – of two (2) solvent guarantors known as Co-Signers who act
as sureties for the principal under a Counter-Guaranty Agreement.
b) Unencumbered Real Estate - a real estate must be:
aa. First Mortgage
bb. Located within the commercial district of a city
cc. Valued not less than twice the amount of the bond being applied
c) Chattel Mortgages - mortgages on property other than real property.
d) Pledges of Shares of Stocks - as listed in the Stock Exchange.
The valuation of such stock is based on the current market values minus
a certain amount as allowance for fluctuations in the market.
e) Cash Deposit - may be with the company or in any bank.
f) Bank Guarantees - fixed deposits, letters of credit.
g) Government Bonds, Treasury Notes - or other obligations guaranteed as
to Principal and interest by the government.
6. THE INDEMNITY AGREEMENT
For every bond issued, an indemnity agreement is executed between the
Principal and Surety. An indemnity agreement is one which binds the Principal
among other things, to repay the Surety for whatever amount the latter has paid
the Obligee. It is the document by which the bonding company recovers from
the Principal the amount it paid to the Obligee.
The type of bond is not the determining factor in the use of indemnity
agreement IA. It may be said that the security offered to and accepted by the
Surety Company determines what form (short/long) of IA shall be used.
7. TYPES OF BONDS
a) Surety Bonds - is one wherein the bonding company (the Surety
premises to answer financially to the obligee for the debt, default or
conduct of the Principal. Under this kind of bond, the bonding company’s
liability is not limited to any one cause of loss but extends to all losses by
the principal’s actions, provided these losses are covered by the bond.
aa. Contract Bonds - These are bonds required in connection with
contracts for construction, supply or labor. Under this general
classification are included the bidder’s bonds required prior to the
awarding of these contracts.
1. Bidder’s Bond
1.1 Single Bid - the contract to supply materials
equipment, etc. for certain construction work is
often placed on public bidding. The participants in
these biddings are required to post a bond which
guarantees that if the principal is successful in his
bid, he will enter into a contract with the obligee
and put up a performance bond to guarantee that
the contract awarded to him is faithfully complied
with. The alert bondsman should base his
underwriting judgement into this possibility since
the performance bond is usually for a much larger
amount than the bidder’s bond.
1.2 One Year Standing - the government and its
instrumentalities, regularly calls for bids for the
supply of its needs such as equipment, medical
supplies, drugs, foodstuffs, etc. To simplify
accounting, a single bond is accepted which will
cover all the biddings (for the same obligee) in
which the principal is likely to participate within one
year rather than post a bond each time. This calls
for the One Year Standing Bidder’s Bond which
provides essentially the same coverage as the
ordinary Bidder’s Bond but is applicable to every
bidding participated in by the principal over a
period of one year. The data and the security
required on the One-Year Standing Bond are
substantially the same as those for the regular
2. Performance Bond
2.1 Private Construction - like the government,
private individuals and entities often require performance
bonds from contractors who enter into construction
contracts with them. The form and collateral requirement
for this bond are the same as those for government
b) Fidelity Bonds - promises to reimburse an employer (Obligee) for any
loss of money or property that the latter might sustain due to the
dishonest act of an employee (the Principal) mentioned in the bond.
When it covers only one employee, it is known as the Individual Fidelity
Bond. When it covers either a number of selected employees or all the
employees of the obligee, it is called a Blanket Fidelity Bond.
aa. Individual Fidelity Bond - certain forms of employment which
entail the handling of money or property expose the employer to
a peculiar hazard. Positions such as those of a cashier, agent,
property custodian, collector, etc. present a great deal of
temptation to the employee and properly attributed to dishonest
acts of employees. To protect himself from such losses, the
employer often requires a bond from applicants for employment in
such positions of trust. This is the Individual Fidelity Bond which,
in effect, guarantees the personal honesty of the Principal. The
bond will indemnify the employer, arising out of dishonest acts of
an employee. By the terms of the bond, the Company’s liability
will attach if the court finds the act:
1. amount to “estafa” within the meaning of the penal code;
payment to be made only upon the presentation of the
final judgement of the court; and
2. was committed in the course of the position held by the
employee and during the term of the bond.
There are various forms of blanket fidelity bonds covering either selected
employees only of company or all of its employees, to secure the company
against losses through dishonest or fraudulent acts of said employees. Unlike
the individual fidelity bonds all the existing forms of blanket fidelity bonds do not
contain the condition precedent to recovery, of a prior conviction for “estafa”.
Furthermore, in the case of blanket fidelity bonds, only the employer and the
surety company are involved in the negotiations for the coverage since the
employees themselves may or may not be aware that they had been bonded by
their employer; hence this partakes of the nature of insurance more than of
suretyship. Lastly, premiums for the blanket fidelity bonds are based on the
probability of loss just like in insurance contracts.
8. DISTINCTION BETWEEN BOND AND INSURANCE
The essential differences between Suretyship and the other non-life insurance
a) as to the nature of the contract - Insurance is basically a primary
contract while a bonding contract is secondary in nature since it is based
on some other contract or undertaking.
b) As to the contracts involved - in insurance, there is only one major
contract, the insurance policy. A suretyship consists of three contracts-
the primary contract, the bond and the Counter Guarantee Agreement.
c) As to the parties involved - there are only two (2) parties involved in an
insurance Contract-the Insured and the Insurer. However, in a bond,
there re three parties involved-the Surety, the Principal and the Obligee.
d) As to the protection - an insurance protects the buyer or the insured
while a bond protects a third party or the obligee.
e) As to the cancellation - insurance contracts are subject to cancellation
by both the insured and the insurer, whereas Surety bonds generally can
be cancelled only by the obligee, regardless of the wishes of the Principal
or the Surety.
f) As to the premium - in an insurance contract, the company takes all the
risk, and premium is computed on the probability of loss based on the
accrued or expected experience. The premium is the whole consideration
for the insurance contract. However, the premium paid in a bond is only
a service fee for the extension of credit because surety contracts are
simply credit instruments.
g) As to claim - since insurance is based upon the sharing by many of the
losses of the relatively few, the claim in an insurance contract is a loss.
In suretyship, however, no losses are expected. The claim paid in
suretyship is only a loan. Losses, of course do occur, but in such event,
the surety usually has the right to subrogation, or salvage, in its effort to
recoup its losses from the defaulting principal, since the principal is
9. UNDERWRITING OF BONDS
The underwriting of bonds follows almost the same procedures as in other lines
of insurance. Of course, the experience of the underwriter plays a very
important part in the right approach to proper evaluation of underwriting
information and other pertinent data which are essential to the underwriter in
forming a basis for his decision. But before one could begin to underwrite
bonds, he would first be well versed with bonding practices. First of all, he must,
for instance, always be aware of the cardinal rule that the surety is not supposed
to incur any loss since bonding in reality is a lending or extending of credit or
The underwriter has to go thru the following procedure before he arrives at a
decision as to whether a bond should be written or not, to wit: Underwriting
Information - the underwriter follows a set of rules in this respect. He should
require of the bond applicant that the following papers be filled up and
a) Bond Application Form
b) Copy of the contract to be guaranteed by the bond (primary contract)
c) Co-Signer’s Statements to be filled up by the proposed Co-Signers
d) Documents evidencing principal’s legal existence if applicant is an entity
other than a natural person.
e) Principal’s Audited Financial Statement for the past three years by
reputable accounting firm
f) Such other information which to the underwriter’s mind are material to
his assessment of the risk.
1. PROPER CLAIM ATTITUTE
It is important for both the Insureds and the Insurance Companies to have
proper claim attitude because such proper claim attitude is the key to settle
Insureds must realize that insurance is a social device to indemnify those who
suffer losses. It is not a device for them to make profits. Thus, they should not
claim where there is no loss. Neither should they claim for more than what they
actually have lost. Such, among a number of others, are not proper claim
Insurance companies should also consider insurance as a social device primarily
for the purpose of offering protection to the insuring public against various types
of perils. That in the event someone should suffer losses as a result of the
occurrence of such perils, he would be compensated. Making profit out of
insurance operations should be considered secondary or incidental. Thus,
insurers should always strive to compensate legitimate claimants as quickly as
possible. Valid claims should be settled at the earliest possible time. Such,
among a number of others, may be considered as the proper claim attitude of
A) What is an Adjuster?
An adjuster is an individual person, a partnership, an association or
corporation which for a fee or anything of value, acts for or represents an
insurance company or an Insured in the settlement of insurance claims
and is duly licensed by the proper government agency.
B) Kinds of Adjusters
Adjusters may be classified into 3 kinds, namely:
a) Independent Adjusters - these are adjusters who may be
defined as above, except that they represent or act for and in
behalf of insurance companies.