Treñas thanks Lopezes for donations in fight vs COVID


Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas thanked the Lopezes for their donations to combat coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

The city government is scheduled to sign a Memorandum of Agreement with Lopez group-owned Energy Development Corp. (EDC) for the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine donation today, January 21, via Zoom.

“We thank the Lopezes and their associates for boosting our capacity in the Uswag Molecular Laboratory to deliver timely and accurate testing services to the Ilonggos,” said Treñas. (

They are donating more than P5-million worth of medical provisions which is a big help in support of the war against the virus.

Last year, the Lopez Group of Companies through First Philippine Holdings chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Federico Lopez committed to be part of the city’s initiatives against Covid-19.

Lopez, together with Francis Giles Puno, president and CEO of First Gen Corp.; and Richard Tantoco, president and chief operating officer of EDC, earlier wrote Treñas: “As part of our continuous support to the city, the Lopez Family and its Group of Companies would like to signify our desire and commitment to be part of your foregoing initiative by donating a set of Ribonucleic Acid Extractor and Real Time PCR Machine, Antigen Test Kits and other laboratory consumables.

“We believe this will augment your capacity to deliver timely and accurate testing services to our fellow Ilonggos. In light of this, we would like to express our gratitude and deep respect for Iloilo City government’s unyielding efforts to fight Covid-19, of which putting up a Molecular Laboratory is a significant component of early detection and faster prevention of spread of the disease.”

The estimated value of proposed support would amount to P5.5 million.

This will cover the cost of equipment, test kits and consumables, which will be delivered in batches; as well as cost of delivery, installation and necessary technical support.