Posted by Paurong sa Biyernes, Marso 2, 2007
As I was reading the Philippine Daily Inquirer today, I was stucked on this article about the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas urging Filipinos to circulate small coins. So striking. As I was pacing to the computer shop I always go to, I was thinking of some mantras or even anything to begin this post. I was determined to write something about it.
Decided what unit to use, I waited for this girl who was fixing her things up before leaving that unit. Suddenly, I found a 25-centavo coin beside the keyboard and hurriedly, I picked it up and put it in my pocket. I have read that three to four out of ten Filipinos, as estimated by BSP, disregard the value of small coins such as 5-centavo, 10-centavo, and even the 25-centavo.
So what seems to be the problem? Primarily, it’s because of the intimidation that has been struggling over many of us nowadays. Look at a point in which you see a 5-centavo coin while walking along your street, and then you’ll hear this voice telling you that it is worthless to get the coin. Another thing is that many of us today had a number of small coins but apparently have no intention to use those, for money’s sake!
From now on, I would try my best to appreciate our currency, and particularly, our small coins that have been on the oldies’ list for quite some time.