Thursday, July 2, 2015

Which is old banknote, which one is new?
Use serial number 
print as clue -BSP 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, June 30 (PIA)--As the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) prepares to withdraw the value of older paper bills on circulation since 1985, it might be good to know which among the paper bills you are holding now will lose their trade value by 2016. 

Withdrawing the monetary value of a legal tender currency, or demonitization, is due for the 1985 circulated New Design Series (NDS), according to Atty. Leonides Sumbi, Acting BSP Central Visayas Director. 

The trick, Hazel Arante, BSP information officer shared, is to look for the serial numbers.

The old banknote set for demonitization by January 1 2016 are those with serial numbers composed of 1-2 prefix letters and six to seven digits which are printed uniform in size. When you have this, go to your bank and have it changed, because, by January 1, 2016, it won't be accepted as legal tender in the streets, she pointed out. 

On the other hand, if the serial number composed of the same alpha numeric combination are printed in a neat progression of size, that bill is of the new generation currency and would be in circulation replacing the old currency, she continued. 

That is the easiest way to determine which is which among the two series, Arante, confidently pointed out while sitting with her director at Kapihan. 

Other than that, more subtle hints to look for is that the new generation currency sports the new BSP logo, which, unlike the old one which feature a seal with a Philippine flag, the NGC has the head of the Philippine eagle. 

And while the older bank notes have significant events in Philippine history, iconic buildings and heritage sites, the new generation currency features iconic natural wonders and species that can be found in the country found on the reverse side, according to BSP. 

Moreover, the new currency uses tow levels of security features to ensure that the public can easily identify when getting a counterfeit. 

First level security features include watermark, security thread and security fibers, embossed prints, serial numbers, see-through mark, concealed value, optically variable ink and optically variable device patch, BSP hinted. 

Second level security feature on the other hand include micro-printing and fluorescent features. 

With the sole power and authority to issue currency resting under them, the BSP maintains the integrity of the currency and calls for the replacement of the 1985 circulated bills to prevent counterfeiting, and reduce the design series of notes in circulation for simplification, Arante added at the recent Kapihan sa PIA. (rachiu/PIA-7/Bohol)
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At City Family Health Fair...
Mayor Yap announces health 
card program for city's poor 

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 30 (PIA)--Mayor John Geesnell Yap chooses the most fitting moment to share the good news to his people and he took the First Tagbilaran City Family Health Day as the venue to relay the legislation of the city health card. 

Speaking during the Family Health Day at the Island City Mall Activity Center June 29 in front of health sector workers and city residents from 11 districts, Yap announced that the city would soon implement the health card. 

Now an ordinance after the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod passed Ordinance No. C-235, or that which amended the Blue Card Program of the revised code of Administrative Ordinances of the city, the new health card program which is envisioned as universal health and hospital service in nature for the city's indigents, is now called Baskog nga Barangay Health program. 

The health card packs in it health and hospitalization benefits for indigents earning below 60,000 as identified by the City Poverty Reduction Alleviation Program Survey and assigns a maximum of P20,000 hospitalization assistance depending also on the amount of the bill. 

The ordinance also allowed the mayor to enter into a memorandum of agreement with hospitals where the card hospitalization and health services can be had.

At the announcement, participants at the gathering held at the ICS exploded into an applause, a few minutes before the mayor crowned "Gandang Buntis" winner during the morning buntis congress as part of the family health day. 

Winning the first Gandang Buntis title for the city is 5 month old pregnant Reavil Dagooc of Mansasa. She also took the Best in Maternity Dress and Runway Award. 

First Runner up is Ligaya Vitor of Lower Cogon who also romped away with Darling of the Crowd award. Second Runner Up is Neressa Gonzaga (Booy District) who also won Miss Friendship award.

Other minor awardees are Rhea Ann Anana (Dampas) who capped Best in Production Number, Meriam Aldaya (Poblacion III) Miss Photogenic, Cherry Flor Paumig (Dao) Best in Interview and Marivic Pana (Ubujan) Best in Gown.

Also participating in the contest are Anname Saguin (lower Cogon), Adissa Galamiton (Bool), Elsa Rhea Rizalado (Taloto) and Crystal Jane Manolong (San Isidro). 

On that same day, Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP), Philippine Association of Medical Technologists, and the City Health Office rendered free Blood Pressure Monitoring, Free Pre-natal Check Up and Family Planning Services, Free Blood Typing, Free Ultrasound Services and free vitamins to pregnant mothers and free kits to pregnant mothers. 

In the afternoon, Sheryl Mary Ybay of the Population Commission in Region 7 shared Youth and Adolescent Fertility Survey 4, and early teen pregnancy Film Showing as a jump off point and base for the youth and adolescent games and contests. 

During the day, youth representatives from city schools competed in Poster Making, Jingle Making and Extemporaneous Speaking contests. 

Winners for the poster making contest are the following: 3rd: San Isidro High School, 2nd: Cogon High School and 1st: Dr Cecilio Putong National High School.

For Extemporaneous Speaking, winners are: 3rd: STI, 2nd BWS and first HNU. For Jinge Making, 3rd: DCPNHS, 2nd: TCSHS and 1st: BISU. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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