Treñas prioritizes coronavirus lab over parks’ facelift


The Iloilo City Government realigned the budget intended for the redevelopment of public plazas to finance the construction of a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) laboratory.

Mayor Jerry Treñas said he is prioritizing the completion and operation of the city’s own Covid-19 laboratory in Molo district.

The facility, with a project cost of P29 million for its Phase 1, is expected to be operational within this month. (

When funds from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority for the plazas of Iloilo were realigned to COVID activities by the national government, Treñas said the city government appropriated part of its surplus for the year for the improvement of the plazas.

But because the COVID lab will be needing consumables, the city will have to realign again part of the Plaza Improvement Program to the needed consumables, he explained.

Treñas said the city government will look for funds next year for the improvement of the plazas.