Confused with colors of peso bills? Here's a tip

by Jon Carlos Rodriguez,

Posted at Apr 23 2014 01:33 PM | Updated as of Apr 24 2014 03:34 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is now looking at ways to address the confusion involving the similarities on the colors of some peso bills.

Most of the complaints are about the new P1,000 and P100 bills, which may appear the same color in dimly-lit places.

To avoid confusion, BSP managing director Iluminada Sicat advised the public to check the portrait of the new peso bills.

“Kung nalilito sila, silipin nila ‘yung tao sa denomination, kung tatlo ay P1,000 ‘yun, sa P500 ay dalawa. Sa P200 pababa hanggang P20 ang tao ay iisa,” she told dzMM on Wednesday.

The P1,000 bill is the only Philippine bank note with three portraits on its front side—Jose Abad Santos, Vicente Lim, and Josefa Llanes Escoda while the P100 bill only has the portrait of former President Manuel Roxas.

Sicat said the BSP will also make adjustments on the color shade of the violet P100 bill to fix the problem.

“Napa-approve na namin sa Monetary Board na mapatingkad ang kulay ng violet sa P100 para mas makilanlan ng tao ‘yung difference,” she said.

Sicat said the BSP is also mulling enhancing the colors of the P20 and P50 bills.

She added that the denomination printed on the front and back side of the new generation currency (NGC) series were enlarged to help the visually-challenged while color, size and portraits were not changed.

Any change in features of bank notes will have to be approved by President Aquino.