Posted at 12/20/2010 7:01 PM | Updated as
of 12/20/2010 7:01 PM
MANILA, Philippines - Wild Birds Club founding
member and geographer Jonathan Villasper urged the central
bank on Monday to either redesign or revise its new peso bills.
Villasper said the blue-naped parrot in P500
bill has yellow beak instead of red. Its tail should also
be longer. Blue-naped parrots are found all over the Philippines
and not just in Palawan.Villasper said the parrot in the bill
resembles the Guaiabero parrot or the Bolbopsittacus lunulatus.
Batanes is not included in the maps of all the new bills,
while the Tubbataha Reef in the P1,000 bill is out of position
by almost 400 kilometers, Villasper added.
The maps also mislocated Palawan’s
Saint Paul’s subterranean river that has been designated
a UNESCO world heritage site. Scientific names of animals
are likewise not in proper format. Villasper is geographer
and taught digital cartography at the University of the Philippines.
He said it only takes a few minutes to verify information
on the new peso bills.
He added that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
should have consulted experts on the subject before approving
the release of the new bills. – Sheryll Mundo, ABS-CBN