I learned a lot and also the videos were useful since it includes the security features in the new generation banknotes so now I know what to look for in the new generation banknotes to define if it is real or fake. Next is he takes us to a floor where we can see the BSP employees do their job as they work on their workplace making the e-passports. Our tour guide explains that it is called electronic passports because it has a silicon chip where all the personal information is put. Were also showed the different facilities making the banknotes from the start to the sheet-cutting and ending at the counting process. Through the tour he explains that there are some foreigners included in the workers because they are training the employees in using and maintaining the new machines. It is a relief to know that even the machines that is use to make money are also being modernized.
He also leads us to the Gold Refinery, a place where the BSP are supposed to smelt gold into gold bars, but it is sad that were not going see the process of smelting firsthand since the BSP doesnt have any gold to smelt. Our tour ends at the 2nd floor where we are allowed to purchase souvenirs. Most of the students choose to buy the people power commemorative coin and some bagong lipunan banknotes as souvenirs. The tour was fairly long, but meaningful and also fun. The tour truly helps us appreciate the importance of money and how the BSP made it. We learned about a few things that could help us somewhere in the future, particularly using the knowledge about the security features of new generation banknotes that could help us against money laundering. Undeniably the time we spent for the whole tour was a time well spent.