cryptocurrency gets approval for Philippines’ first stablecoin, PHPC

Lance Spencer Yu

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APPROVED. chief executive officer Wei Zhou announces the approval of PHPC.

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Sending remittances using a Philippine peso-pegged stablecoin like PHPC will cut the cost and inconvenience of having to exchange currencies

MANILA, Philippines – Local cryptocurrency exchange has obtained approval to issue the Philippines’ first stablecoin, called “PHPC.”

As a stablecoin, PHPC will be pegged 1:1 to the Philippine peso. This means that users of the token are not subjected to the volatile swings in market value that other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin experience.

According to, PHPC is fully backed by cash and cash equivalents stored in local bank accounts. Once it launches, PHPC will become the first Philippine peso stablecoin available for retail use.

After being given the green light by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), is now preparing to issue PHPC and list it on its crypto exchange by early June as part of an early public test period. chief executive officer Wei Zhou said that there were “certain limitations in the sandbox environment,” but that was targeting to reach 20,000 to 30,000 users during the first month of launch. has been in discussion with the BSP about its stablecoin initiative for about a year, Zhou disclosed. The central bank is also piloting its own central bank digital currency under its “Project Agila” project.

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Stablecoins for remittance

A big target use case for PHPC is remittance. Sending money across borders using crypto is cheaper than using traditional remittance channels, like banks and “pera padala” centers. It is also available 24/7.

OFWs often use US dollar-pegged stablecoins to remit money, but this comes with extra steps and costs of having to convert the US dollars received into Philippine pesos. With a peso-pegged stablecoin like PHPC, it’s more convenient.

“Your relative here that’s receiving the money doesn’t have to convert the US dollar that he receives into pesos,” Zhou said.

Zhou also said that is planning to make PHPC available in other crypto exchanges as well to make the stablecoin more accessible.

“You can imagine that if the PHPC is listed on our partner exchanges in, say, Australia, or Singapore, or the US, then basically our family and remittance senders can actually purchase the PHPC and actually send it directly to the wallets here at,” Zhou said.

Early in 2024, announced its plans to expand operations to Europe, Latin America, Australia, and Africa, with the idea of enabling overseas Filipino workers to send their remittances home using crypto. –

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Lance Spencer Yu

Lance Spencer Yu is a multimedia reporter who covers the transportation, tourism, infrastructure, finance, agriculture, and corporate sectors, as well as macroeconomic issues.