Popular

Central bank of the Philippines is considering issuing its own digital currency

advertisement

The central bank of the Philippines, locally called the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), is looking at the feasibility of issuing its own digital currency.

Bloomberg reported the news on Wednesday, saying that the central bank has created a committee to study digital currencies and its policy implications. Governor Benjamin Diokno said the central bank would look at the findings of the committee before taking any decision.

The group is expected to announce the initial results of the study next month.

While the prevalence of digital currencies is increasing, Diokno said he doesn’t see the demand for fiat currency fading away yet in the Philippines. “Cryptocurrency for us has always been beyond the asset itself but more on the blockchain technology that underpins it,” he added.

Indeed, just yesterday, Diokno lauded a blockchain initiative by the Philippine Bureau of the Treasury. The bureau, in association with the Union Bank of the Philippines and Philippine Digital Asset Exchange, launched a blockchain-based app for retail bond distribution. The app, called Bonds.PH, claims to make bond investing easier.

Trending Stories

Get Your Crypto
Daily Brief

Delivered daily, straight to your inbox.

SEC said to allow first bitcoin futures ETF to trade in US: report

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is said to be allowing the first Bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF), per a Bloomberg report. The publication said in a report on Thursday night that the U.S. regulator “isn’t likely to block the products from starting to trade next week,” citing people familiar with the matter. The report […]
Read Full Story
Oct 15, 2021, 2:54AM UTC
More