Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Bangko Sentral mulls putting braille on money

Ralf Rivas
Bangko Sentral mulls putting braille on money
The introduction of braille in the Philippine currency will benefit as many as 2.5 million visually impaired Filipinos

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is exploring the addition of braille functionality to Philippine banknotes.

The BSP said in a statement on Thursday, July 22, that the introduction of braille in the Philippine currency will benefit as many as 2.5 million visually impaired Filipinos.

Last July 2020, the BSP introduced enhanced tactile marks in bills to aid persons with disabilities (PWDs) in identifying denominations.

The enhanced the New Generation Currency Banknote Series have “short horizontal lines that may be touched and felt at the right side of the following banknotes:

  • P50 bill – 1 pair of lines
  • P100 bill – 2 pairs of lines
  • P200 bill – 3 pairs of lines
  • P500 bill – 4 pairs of lines
  • P1,000 bill – 5 pairs of lines

Braille is also available in all Philippine automated teller machines.

Other countries like the United States and Italy have braille on coins. The Canadian currency also have braille as a tactile feature on bills.

“Empowering vulnerable sectors has always been an underlying objective of the BSP’s efforts. For this reason, we are stepping up our financial inclusion efforts to ensure financial services are within easy reach for all Filipinos, including PWDs,” said BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno. – Rappler.com

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Ralf Rivas

A sociologist by heart, a journalist by profession. Ralf is Rappler's business reporter, covering macroeconomy, government finance, companies, and agriculture.