Late last year Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) released the new 5-peso coin design, a part of the New Generation Currency Coin Series. It now features Gat Andres Bonifacio on one side and on the other, the Tayabak or Philippine Jade Vine. These new 5-peso coins have been in circulation since December 2017 and the rest of the coin series will be released for circulation this January.
While new coins are great and all, this one has features that earned a lot of negative criticism online.
The new 5-peso coin went from pale gold colored to silver colored and from 27mm to 25mm. Our current 1-peso coin is also silver colored with a 24mm diameter. With just a millimeter difference, it’s easy to interchange the two as these netizens soon found out…
— Camilla Kabayo (@Cinephilliacy) January 9, 2018
It’s so confusing even Sen. Nancy Binay asked BSP to temporarily stop production, or, you know, think of another better design?
2. Economic sabotage?
Dapat kasuhan ng economic sabotage ang nakaisip ng bagong limang piso.
5-piso (bago): 25mm
5-piso (luma): 27mm
Sinlaki ng piso, singkulay pa. Bawat maling bigay mo, ₱4 mawawala sayo.
— Ronx Ronquillo (@ronxronquillo) January 18, 2018
Economic sabotage might be too much but we feel you, internet dude! What kind of sorcery is this, BSP?
3. This girl’s frustration in SHOUTY CAPITALS
Very disappointed sa bagong
Limang piso like seriously KAMUKHA NA NG PISO PANU SA GABI EH YUNG MGA DRIVER MADALAS KINAKAPA NLNG YUNG BARYA EH DIBA MAS MALAKI YUNG LIMA SO DALI LANG ALAMIN…
MAMAYA NIYAN PAGSUKLI SAKIN AKALA LIMA .. PISO PALA ! OMG HA!
— Elle (@elaimaeelle) January 5, 2018
What about the welfare of the jeepney drivers then? How many times have they been (unintentionally) tricked? Or the passengers vice versa?
4. Trust issues everywhere!
*eksena sa jeep kanina*
driver: miss bakit apat na piso lang po bayad nyo??
ale: ay tatlong piso po yan tsaka yung bagong limang piso#trustissue #bringbacktheoldPHpesocoins #nahihilo #nalilito #asanbakosayo #aasabakosayo #aymali
— Ar (@arianecary) January 15, 2018
If you don’t check, double check, and triple check, you might be paying P65 for a P13 jeepney fare!