New Designs For New Generation
Due to frequent and uncontrolled proliferation of the counterfeit current Philippine money, the Bango Sentral ng Pilipinas or BSP have decided to force retirement of the twenty five(25) year old design of Philippine money to counter those who loves to counterfeit the Philippine money. This time, the design will be hard to mimic.
From twenty pesos (Php.20),fifty pesos(Php.50), one hundred pesos (Php.100), two hundred pesos (Php. 200), five hundred (Php. 500) and into one thousand pesos (Php. 1000) the redesign has been imposed. All these Philippine peso bills with their new designs have all on their reverse sides the Philippines top tourist spots. Take for example on one hundred pesos (100) bill on its reverse side there you will see Mt. Mayon and the Butanding or whale shark of Donsol Sorsogon Philippines; while on the two hundred peso (200) there you will behold the tarsier of Bohol Philippines as Bohol’s chocolate hills; With five hundred peso (500) bill, the face of former Philippine president Corazon Aquino is now together with the face of her late husband Benigno Aquino. But the rest of the front side of the Philippine peso bills, except for five hundred pesos (500) the person featured on respective Philippine money remains still.
These new designed Philippine money is out this month that will eventually eclipse the former design in the future.
However, recently these new designs on Philippine bills have spark controversy because of some errors in designs like :
(1) Not correct color of the rare native bird in the Philippines – the blue napped parot.
(2) Wrong placement of Unesco World Heritage Site -Tubbataha Reefs Nature Park- as well as Palawan’s St. Paul’s subterranean river,which is also a soon to be Unesco World Heritage Site because it is an entry for the new seven wonders of the world.
(3) Batanes Group of Islands was included on the Philippine map
Let us just hope that these errors on new designs will be corrected as soon as possible lest the efforts and money put forth for it will be wasted away and the counterfeiting of the old designs of the Philippine money will continue to flourish.
Money is important as we all know it but it is also important what is represented on be represented rightly for if it is poor represented or not properly represented, the design could be a breeding ground for more counterfeit money to be counterfeited because of its erroneous designs though they are new fresh designs. The design also on the money represents what country this money is being used and what country is the money, thus correct designation and representation should be carefully admonish so that there would be no any problems that will arise from such representation.
But some will say, “It is just a design”. Yes, it is just a design but this design on the money you are using is not “just” only, it matters as I discussed above. For without proper design and representation in the money, money can be exploited or use anywhere in the world without any security protocols or security precautions that can be incurred on using such money that has no any representation whose money is it. Imagine using money without any designs and representation on it?
The designs and representation on the money shows the limitations and restrictions on the usage of the money of where only it should be used and should not be used. The designs and representations draws a line how it will be used by the user of it.