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You can have one of these VIRTUAL prepaid cards while abroad only if you have a TRUSTED FAMILY member who can apply for you.
I say TRUSTED FAMILY because anyone can use your Virtual Card to buy online if they know your Virtual Card details.
It takes just 4 info details to be able to buy online:
. Your first name and surname
. Your 16-digit Virtual Card no.
. Your 3-digit security code (CVV2 no.)
. Your card's expiration date
Some websites ask for your address, but most do not.

Have one of these while abroad only if you really need to make payments by yourself online from time to time.

There's another debit card that you can obtain while abroad: the IRemit Visa debit card. You can apply for this in places where there are IRemit offices.

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Of the 67 licensed non-life insurance companies in the Philippines, 9 have surpassed the one-billion-peso mark in premiums earned in 2015.

Prudential Guarantee & Assurance Corp. is No. 1 with more than 3 billion pesos in premiums earned.

Following are Malayan Insurance Co., BPI/MS Insurance Corp. and Charter Ping An Insurance Corp., all with more than 2 billion pesos in premiums earned.

Medical and travel insurance provider Pacific Cross Insurance is now the name of Blue Cross Insurance, which was established in 1949 as Blue Cross Philippines.

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Two life insurance companies were removed from the previous list (2014-2015 list):
. Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Co. (PPLIC)
(put into conservatorship in Nov 2016)
. BF Life Insurance Corp.
(put into receivership in March 2016)
Two were added:
1. EastWest Ageas Life Insurance Corp.
Launched in January 2016, it's a joint venture between universal bank EastWest and Belgium-based international insurance group Ageas Insurance International NV.
2. Generali Life Assurance Philippines, Inc.
Relaunched in July 2016 as a life insurance company by Generali Group from its acquired non-life insurance firm Generali Pilipinas Insurance Co. (GPIC)
Life insurer Generali Pilipinas Life Assurance Co. was acquired by the Philippines' biggest bank BDO and renamed BDO Life Assurance Co. Inc.

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The top three smaller savings banks (thrift banks with less than one-billion pesos in assets) as of June 2016 are:
. University Savings Bank
. World Partners Bank
. Sun Savings Bank

The total number of active savings banks in the Philippines as of June 2016 is 63, down from 68 one year ago.
The 5 banks removed from the list are:
. Progress Savings Bank -- surrendered its banking license
. BDO Elite Savings Bank -- consolidated into BDO Capital and Investment Corp.
. ComSavings Bank or GSIS Family Bank -- closed down by the BSP
. United Overseas Bank -- upgraded into a commercial bank
. Planters Development Bank -- acquired by China Bank and merged into China Bank Savings

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BPI Family Savings Bank maintains its No. 1 position among thrift banks in the Philippines, based on total assets as of June 2016.

Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank), the thrift subsidiary of Metrobank, also continues to be second.

The others in the top 10 are:
3. RCBC Savings
4. China Bank
5. City Savings
6. Philippine Business
7. Sterling Bank
8. PNB Savings
9. Bank of Makati
10. HSBC Savings

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TOP BANKS in the Philippines

These four universal banks are still the favorites of depositors:
1. BDO
4. BPI
All four have surpassed the one-trillion-peso mark in total deposits, as of June 2016.

The fifth biggest bank, PNB, is still a half-billion-peso away from reaching the one-trillion-peso mark.

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Another secured credit card being offered -- the Security Bank MasterCard Fast Track Secured Credit Card.
The other two are: BPI Express Start and RCBC Bankard Instacard.

Security Bank's secured credit card requires the highest minimum security deposit: 15,000 pesos for savings accounts, and 100,000 pesos for time deposits.

The requirement for this credit card that many people might lack is a landline phone number. Most people now use mobile phones, making landline phones impractical. Bakit ka pa magbabayad ng around 800 to 1,000 pesos monthly ng landline na bihira namang magamit.

Of course, if you have a business, you need a landline, pero pag wala, kagaya namin, once a month or once in 2 months lang siguro nagagamit. I use it only to call a bank or Pag-ibig or SSS. Ang masaklap pa, minsan-minsan ko na ngang gagamitin, ang lagi pang sagot ay "Sorry all circuits are busy now. Please try your call later ."
Naka-connect lang kasi sa Internet plan ko kaya hindi puedeng tanggalin. Haaayyyyyyy!

Going back to Security Bank's secured credit card: Just bring your valid government photo ID and your money to any Security Bank branch and apply.

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Here's a list of rural banks where you can claim the money sent to you through BDO Cash Pick-up Anywhere.
This service can also be used by senders in the Philippines who have BDO online banking accounts. They can send money without having to get out of their homes or their offices.

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Here are the documents required when filing your Pag-ibig death claim as the deceased Pag-ibig member's spouse with children.

Remember that you can claim as an heir only if the Pag-ibig member has not yet claimed his/her benefits.
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