Treñas assures coronavirus under control despite case surge


Coronavirus (Covid-19) infections traced to the Iloilo Fishing Port Complex (IFPC) in Barangay Tanza, Iloilo City continue to surge with 41 additional cases detected Friday.

Mayor Jerry Treñas said he received on August 7 a total of 56 Covid-19 positive confirmatory results.

Out of the total positive cases, 41 were traced to the Iloilo Fishing Port particularly from Rizal Pala-pala Zone 2, with 19 new cases; Tanza Baybay, with 11 cases; and San Juan, Molo with 11 cases. (

Another officer of AC Energy Philippines, a banker, and a call center agent also tested positive for the virus.

Covid-19 infections traced from the IFPC have surged to 105 as of Thursday.

Despite the surge of cases, Treñas said that the transmission is under control with localized lockdowns, adjusted curfew hours, and alcohol ban imposed on the city. He does not see the need to place Iloilo City under total lockdown, for now.

The mayor said the IFPC management has already submitted protocols to be imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The protocols include consistent sanitation, increased security at the area, increased handwashing area, one-way flow of traffic, and logbook for sellers and buyers as an aid for contact tracing, said Dr. Roland Jay Fortuna, focal person of the City Covid-19 team.

Treñas said they are waiting for the remaining swab results of the workers of the IFPC while other personnel and employees of fish brokers will also be subjected to confirmatory testing in the coming days.

The spike in Covid-19 cases traced in the fishing port is possibly due to fishing crews from high-risk areas in the country who deliver their catch to the port which lacked health protocols, he also said.