The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas announces that the Economic and Financial Learning Center (EFLC) is now fully operational and open to the public. Beginning today, the public will have full access to all the facilities available for their research needs. The EFLC is a two-storey office located in the Multi-Storey Building at the BSP complex in Manila. It is open weekdays, except holidays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The EFLC—which houses the BSP Library and the Statistical and Learning Center—serves as the public’s focal point of contact in the BSP on information concerning economic and financial matters. It features permanent and changing exhibits and interactive information kiosks on the responsibilities and functions of the BSP and its role in the Philippine economy, with particular emphasis on the three pillars of central banking: maintaining price stability, promoting financial stability, and ensuring a safe, sound and efficient payments and settlements system. Researchers also have access to economic and financial data series produced and monitored by the BSP, either in hard copy format or in downloadable electronic version. Apart from its collection of books, journals and periodicals on specialized topics of banking, finance and economics, the EFLC’s library section 1 also has an electronic research system comprising of the digitized version of BSP publications, e-books and online subscription to major research portals. Other facilities available to the public include the following: multi-media research terminals which provide access to the internet and to various audio-visual materials, games and interactive learning modules; an audio-visual room where lectures and briefings on various topics of central banking are conducted; and an information help desk to attend to queries and information requirements of researchers. By providing these information services, programs and materials, the EFLC symbolizes the BSP’s corporate commitment to institutionalize and promote a comprehensive economic and financial education for the Filipino public.
The (tentative) calendar of activities for 2009 include the information campaigns on the role of the BSP in the economy, the financial learning campaign for overseas Filipinos and their beneficiaries, and the financial education program for consumers.
Interested parties may refer to the BSP website (http://www.bsp.gov.ph/about/facilities_eflc.asp) for further information. '
1The EFLC library section continues to operate as a special library primarily to service the research and information needs of BSP officers and staff. However, BSP publications and other collections which are not available in school and office libraries are made accessible to the public.