Exchange your old bank notes with the New Generation Currency (NGC), the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has constantly reminded the public [see Design Highlights of the Philippine New Generation Currency, Primer on the New Generation Philippine Currency: Banknotes and Coins, and Security Features of the Philippine New Generation Currency]. Soon, the old paper money — interestingly called the New Design Series or NDS — will have absolutely no value, will not be accepted as payment for all transactions, and CANNOT be exchanged with the New Generation Currency. The date to remember: 1 January 2017. So, check if you’re still holding the old paper money. The central bank reminder: Continue reading
Whenever I have to go out under a heavy downpour, I’m reminded of the 1980s commercial of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). The commercial is weaved into my subconscious. It shows a son asking his father to postpone going to the bank because of the heavy rain. The father explained that he must go out, go to the bank and pay their obligation. He explained, “Anak, sa kasunduan, ang salita pinaninindigan. Ang pangako, tinutupad.” It’s about palabra de honor. Word of honor. Same with work, when the first thought should be, “I have to go” (not “walang pasok?”). Good thing somebody posted the ad for posterity. Here: Continue reading
As noted in the primer on the New Generation Currency, Philippine banknotes contain design elements that pay tribute to Filipinos who played significant roles at various moments of our nation’s history. World heritage sites and iconic natural wonders of the Philippines are also proudly highlighted. These are the design highlights for each of the banknotes, reproduced from the documents issued by the central Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas:
To introduce the new set of Philippine currency notes and coins, the Philippine central bank, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), released a primer on the New Generation Currency (NGC) Program of the Philippines. We are reproducing the primer in full to disseminate the information and for easy reference of the public.
The New Generation Currency (NGC) series of banknotes contain a number of design highlights and security feature. As noted in the primer on the NGC, there are four levels of security. Level 1 security features can be easily recognized by the public without use of special instrument. These are the “look, feel, tilt” elements in the notes such as watermark, security thread, security fibers and others.
These are the Level 1 security features of the New Generation Currency banknotes, reproduced from documents from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas:
1. Embossed prints
Raised prints that feel rough to the touch, i.e., the words REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS and DALAWAMPUNG PISO, portrait, signatures, value panels on the face of the note.
2. Serial number
Composed of 1 or 2 prefix letters and 6 or 7 asymmetric (increasing in size) digits located at the lower left and upper right corners of the face of the note.
3. Security fibers
Red and blue, visible fibers embedded on the paper at random and glow in two colors under the ultraviolet light.
A shadow image of the portrait and the denominational value (20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000) seen at the blank space on the note when viewed against the light from either side of the note.
5. See-through mark
The word “PILIPINO” written in Babaylan (pre-Spanish Philippine writing system) is seen in complete form when the note is viewed against the light.
6. Concealed value
The denominational value which is superimposed on the smaller version portrait at the upper left side of the note. The value becomes obvious when the note is rotated 45 degrees and tilted down.
7. Security thread
An embedded thread running vertically across the note which is visible from either side of the note when viewed against the light.