Malacañang yesterday lauded the country's improvement in the Heritage Foundation's 2013 Index of Economic Freedom as the country jumped 10 notches in ranking.
"The Philippines jumped 10 notches in ranking, making our economy the 97th freest in the world with an Economic Freedom Score of 58.2 in contrast to last year's ranking of 107th with a score of 57.1," said Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda.
Among Southeast Asian nations, Lacierda said, the Philippines recorded the highest score improvement of 1.1 points"a trend of continuous growth over the past two years, bringing our country even closer to the world average score of 59.6 and above the Asia-Pacific regional average of 57.4."
Understanding urged over
fare for jeepneys
The Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board in Bacolod City is appealing to the riding public to be considerate if drivers of public utility jeepneys collect P8 as regular fair, Arturo Gepes of LTFRB, said yesterday.
Gepes said PUJ regular fare in Bacolod is P7.50 and P6 for students and senior citizens for the first five kilometers.
However, there are instances that if passengers pay P10 or P20 bills, drivers collect P8, he said.
10 firms post job openings
Ten local companies have posted their job opportunities for Bacoleños and Negrenses at the Public Employment Service Office in Bacolod City where job seekers can directly apply at their respective offices in the city, PESO manager Moises de la Cruz, said yesterday.
The companies are AsiaPro Corp., RKJ General Services and Sales, Inc., Galeno Construction Inc., Broadway Industrial Supply Inc., Robinhood Commercial, Hyundai-Bacolod, PJL Group of Companies, Kmart Supermarket, Gibrosen Fire Safety Products, and VIL-MAG Management and General Services, de la Cruz said.
He said among the jobs needed by these companies are medical representatives, architects, civil and mechanical engineers, timekeepers, caregivers, secretaries, messengers, collectors, auditors, truck drivers;