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Philippines Central Bank Greenlights National Stablecoin Trials

The Philippines' central bank, has approved controlled trials for a national stablecoin, pegged 1:1 to the local peso
May 13, 2024

The Philippines is taking significant steps towards digital currency innovation as its central bank, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), greenlights controlled trials for a national stablecoin, the PHPC, pegged 1:1 to the local peso.

The BSP, in collaboration with cryptocurrency wallet provider, aims to explore the potential of a digital currency directly linked to the country’s fiat currency. The pilot project for the Philippine peso-backed stablecoin, PHPC, has been sanctioned under the BSP’s Regulatory Sandbox Framework., a prominent player in the Philippines’ crypto sphere, will maintain cash reserves equivalent to the circulating supply of the PHPC stablecoin within the sandbox environment. The primary objective behind pegging the stablecoin to the local currency is to facilitate seamless transitions between PHPC and physical fiat currencies.

The upcoming sandbox testing phase will serve as a real-world trial for the PHPC stablecoin and its impact on the local fiat ecosystem. Anticipated applications of PHPC include domestic and cross-border payments, virtual asset trading, hedging against market volatility, and providing collateral and liquidity in decentralized finance (DeFi) applications.

The results of these trials will play a crucial role in determining the stablecoin’s readiness for broader adoption. However, it's essential to note that a formal public deployment of PHPC will be subject to final evaluations and approvals by the central bank.

The Philippines’ foray into national stablecoin development reflects a broader trend towards digital currency adoption globally. With regulatory frameworks for crypto assets and trading on the horizon, the country is positioning itself at the forefront of financial innovation, prioritizing both investor protection and financial inclusion.

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