This city could be one of the first local government units (LGUs) in the country that could recover from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Mayor Jerry Treñas said Monday.
In his regular press conference, Treñas said that in recovering, and as more economic activities are being opened, it is important that the public will have confidence as the city has a testing capacity.
And if they get sick, there are hospitals, intensive care units (ICU) and isolation rooms that can take care of them, he said.
“I think we have established all of that. So, for me, we will be among the first to recover, if not the first,” he added.
Treñas said the machine for the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is already available and the city government is just waiting for the laboratory.
“Aside from the laboratory, we have sufficient hospital rooms and ICU (intensive care unit) facilities,” he added.
The city government’s two units of respirator, through a usufruct, will be utilized by the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) and the West Visayas State University Medical Center.
Private hospitals will also have their own testing capacities, he said.
Treñas added he is also coordinating with governors of Western Visayas because “we want all activities to be aligned”.
In fact, he said fast crafts plying the Iloilo-Bacolod route already commenced on June 20.
Treñas said there are also talks about the commencement of flights at the Iloilo International Airport.
“But it is going to be difficult, we are not going to find this easy. But for me, we need to start additional economic activities because otherwise if it will be delayed, we will find it difficult to recover,” he said, adding that this could lessen unemployment.
Meanwhile, the city government on Monday held its first flag raising at Plaza Libertad since the lockdown was implemented.
According to the Human Resource and Management Office, around 40 to 50 percent of the city hall employees attended the ceremony.
Source: Philippines News Agency