THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) launched on Wednesday banknotes bearing the signature of central bank chief Benjamin E. Diokno.

The banknotes are the newest printed peso bills under the New Generation Currency series of the central bank.

The launch of the notes carrying the BSP chief’s signature also marks the central bank’s 70th anniversary.

In his speech at the launch event, Mr. Diokno said the BSP is working on security enhancements to banknotes such as an upgraded windowed security thread with a unique color and design per denomination, anti-scanning and anti-copying features, and incorporation of tactile marks.

The newly released banknotes were printed using the intaglio technology, which is considered as a added security feature on top of embossed prints, asymmetric serial numbers, security fibers, watermarks, and see-through marks, among others.

“This means that the names and signatures therein are raised and embossed for tactile feel,” Mr. Diokno said.

Mr. Diokno became the central bank’s governor on March 6, replacing the late Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. who passed away Feb 23 after battling tongue cancer.

The local currency has borne the signatures of the President and the central bank’s governor since 1949.

Meanwhile, Mr. Diokno said that BSP Assistant Governor Francisco G. Dakila, Jr. will likely be sworn into office on Thursday to replace Diwa C. Guinigundo who retired on July 2. — RJNI