Geographical errors spotted on new P1,000 and P500 bill designs

New P500 bill design. Click for more photos from BSP.

Geographical errors have been spotted on a couple of new peso bill designs bearing President Noynoy Aquino’s signature, which were unveiled by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) last week, reports

The location of the Tubbataha Reefs, an image on the back of the P1,000 bill, seems to be off the mark by 300 kilometers based on the coordinates specified in Republic Act 10067. BSP Director for Corporate Affairs Fe M. Dela Cruz told that "the mark on the bill is supposed to show just the general location (of the reef)."

The blog New Media Press Headquarters also pointed out an error on the back of the P500 bill (where the late Ninoy and Cory Aquino are featured on the front of the new bill design.) "The location (of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean Park on the back of) the bill makes it seem (like) the park is inland. They should have moved the marker nearer to the upper edge and a bit lower and closer to Puerto Princesa." The blog also questioned why the Batanes islands have been left out in the image of the Philippine map on the P1,000 bill.

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