Free Bee, partner to make insurance accessible to Filipinos overseas

PLDT Global Corp. (PGC) has teamed up with the online insurance marketplace,, to provide overseas Filipinos with convenient access to reliable insurance products through the Free Bee app.

Quoting the statistics from the Insurance Commission, PGC said the insurance penetration or the contribution of the insurance industry to the Philippine economy is at 2.3% in the first quarter of 2021.

“This partnership with PLDT Global allows us to reach more Filipinos and provide them with convenient access to discover a wide variety of insurance products that are suited to their needs,” said Hamilton Angluben, founder and CEO,

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“There is a need to bridge the gap in insuring Filipinos especially OFWs and their families,” said Albert V. Villa-Real, president and CEO, PLDT Global. “Aside from giving them peace of mind, this can also be a way to educate them about investing in their health and the future.”

One-stop-shop for OFWs

Using the FreeBee app, Filipinos overseas can enjoy free two-minute calls to their loved ones who are customers of PLDT, Smart, and TNT in the Philippines or they can also subscribe to premium calls which allows them to make affordable calls to their families even if they are offline or do not use a smartphone.

The upgraded Free Bee app also allows Filipinos in Canada, South Korea, United States, India, Singapore, Australia, and Japan to use a Virtual Philippine Number, a local Smart number that is assigned or paired with their Free Bee account, so that their families in the Philippines can freely call or text them and be charged only with local rates.

Free Bee users can also enjoy unlimited app-to-app calls and messages with their friends when they are online, wherever they are in the world.

Free Bee also comes with Bee Coins, an in-app digital currency or credit that allows the user to purchase any call or text plans within the app. Free Bee users can easily purchase prepaid load on the Bee Shop and send it to their families back home, or pay for Philippine bills even if they are abroad.

Available in 200 countries and with over 1 million downloads, Free Bee continues to expand its list of partners on What’s The Buzz, the one-stop-shop within the app that enables users to look for information, entertainment, job listings, important hotlines, and other services like that can help Filipinos.

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