Iloilo City earns praise for its response to COVID-19 crisis

Mayor Jerry Treñas shared the list of companies that donated to help prevent the spread of the virus in the area.

  • Netizens commended the Iloilo City LGU for an immediate response regarding COVID-19.
  • Included in the donations are goods, test kits, and cash for local citizens. 

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas has shared that the donations have enabled the local government unit (LGU) to distribute rice, canned goods, and other food to 50 of their villages with the most number of residents, drivers of public jeepneys, tricycles, and pedicabs.

Among the biggest donations was Php3.5 million allocated to buy test kits. It was given by businessman Henry Chusuey of the Henann Group of Resorts. Meanwhile, the Iloilo Society Commercial and Roberto Chua Che Wai Foundation will also buy COVID-19 test kits worth Php1 million for the testing of local citizens.

Mang Inasal founder and property developer Edgar Sia III donated Php1 million cash and 500 sacks of rice. Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Iloilo, Inc. and Hua Siong College of Iloilo Board of Trustees donated Php1-million worth of rice, canned goods, and noodles.

Owners of the Iloilo Supermart chain donated Php1 million to be used for isolation centers and community kitchens in the city. Tony Jon of the JTS Group of Companies also gave Php1 million while La Filipina Uy Gongco Group of Companies donated Php1 million worth of bread.

The mayor expressed their gratefulness for the generosity of the private sector.

Netizens have commended the quick actions of the LGU as well as the businesses.

“Please keep in mind if they cannot eat, they cannot go to work or cannot sleep who will take care of you if you will be infected? Would you also want them to treat you the same?” said the Iloilo City mayor.

On March 21, the Department of Health confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Iloilo.

Written by J M

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