The Central Bank in the Philippines is planning to introduce its own digital currency. Is this the future of payments?

12 February 2024 | 15:16

Planned introduction of a digital currency in the Philippines

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, has announced that it plans to introduce its own central bank digital currency (CBDC) within the next two years. According to BSP Governor Eli Remolona Jr., the new currency will have an industrial, rather than retail, character and will primarily be accessible to banks. Although blockchain technology will not be used to encrypt transactions, BSP believes that CBDC will contribute to improved efficiency, security, and stability in both domestic and international payments.

Aim to streamline payments and settlements

BSP intends to introduce its own digital currency to increase efficiency in payments and secure the financial system in the Philippines. The introduction of CBDC aims to reduce the risk of fraud and cyber attacks and streamline settlement processes in the country.

Following global trends

The Philippines is not the only country with ambitions to introduce its own central bank digital currency. Other countries, such as Canada, Singapore, and Sweden, are also conducting research in this area. The introduction of CBDC potentially brings many benefits, such as fast settlements, reduced transaction costs, and increased security.

Minimizing risk through a local settlement system

In order to reduce the risk of fraud and cyber attacks, BSP plans to utilize a local settlement system. As a result, transactions conducted with the central bank digital currency will be more secure and robust.

Summary

The introduction of a central bank digital currency in the Philippines is part of a global trend where more countries are considering introducing their own CBDC. BSP is confident that CBDC can bring benefits in the area of payments and settlements, such as greater efficiency, security, and stability. Time will tell how this project will develop and what benefits it will bring to the Philippine economy.