WV governors, mayors seek to restart economy


The provinces of Western Visayas and the highly urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod must collaborate if the region intends to recover as one from the economic crises created by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Mayor Jerry Treñas said.

“We must really start talking now how we can work together to hasten the region’s economic recovery,” according to him.

Governors Arthur Defensor Jr. (Iloilo), Rhodora Cadiao (Antique), Florencio Miraflores (Aklan), Esteban Evan Contreras (Capiz), Samuel Gumarin (Guimaras), Eugenio Jose Lacson (Negros Occidental), Mayor Evelio Leonardia (Bacolod City) and Treñas are scheduled to have a virtual meeting today to map out a regional economic recovery plan.

One concern that must be addressed, he said, was joblessness due to the closure of establishments as a result of over two months of rigid quarantine. (

Western Visayas transitioned to modified general community quarantine on June 1 from 73 days of being under enhanced community quarantine and general community quarantine since March when there were restrictions on the movement of people and operation of businesses and industries.

Treñas said they would also seek inputs from Acting Socioeconomic Planning secretary Karl Chua and Regional Executive Director Remelyn Recoter of the Department of Agriculture, among others.