Much attention has been given to Luzon, the home of the Philippines’ capital city. However, the country boasts many other beautiful cities worth exploring, both in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. One such gem is Iloilo City, a rising star in the Western Visayas region.

Mayor Jerry Treñas inspects public plazas in La Paz, Jaro, Molo, and Mandurriao, overseeing their successful revitalization to transform them into enjoyable and functional spaces for Ilonggos.

Iloilo City is a leading example of progress and inclusivity, driven by a commitment to sustainable development and community empowerment. In the past six years, under Mayor Treñas’ leadership, the city has made significant strides in promoting economic growth, cultural richness, and environmental sustainability. These efforts have improved both the city’s profile and the lives of its residents.

Iloilo City has been recognized for its vibrancy and competitiveness, receiving the Creative City of Gastronomy award from UNESCO, which celebrates its rich culinary heritage and commitment to cultural preservation. The city’s innovative I-Bike Program, promoting a bike-friendly environment, won the prestigious 2022 Galing Pook Award, highlighting its dedication to sustainable urban mobility and citizen engagement.

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas proudly showcases recent awards for governance and community development, including accolades for Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, Infrastructure, Resiliency, and Most Improved HUC from the Regional Competitiveness Awards. The city’s I-Bike Program, which promotes bike culture, also received the Galing Pook Award in 2022, along with additional recognition through the Gawad Kalasag Seal of Excellence.

“Iloilo City is more than just a place; it’s a community where innovation meets tradition,” said Mayor Treñas. “Our achievements reflect our shared vision of building a city that thrives on creativity, inclusivity, and sustainability.”

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The city’s focus on fostering a business-friendly environment has also been acknowledged, earning the 2023 Most Business-Friendly Local Government Unit award from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This recognition underscores Iloilo City’s efforts in supporting local enterprises and attracting investments, which contribute to economic vitality.

Infrastructure development is central to Mayor Treñas’ vision for Iloilo City’s future. The upcoming revitalization of the Central and Terminal Markets, through a public-private partnership with SM Prime Holdings, demonstrates this commitment. Valued at P1.5 billion to P2.5 billion, this project aims to modernize market facilities and provide a space for local entrepreneurs to thrive and showcase their products.

City officials in Iloilo City discuss proposed developments at La Paz Plaza, including plans for a koi pond and butterfly garden to enhance community enjoyment. These initiatives aim to elevate city facilities for the well-being of Ilonggos.

“We envision our markets not just as economic hubs but as community centers that promote local culture and entrepreneurship,” Mayor Treñas stated. “By revitalizing these spaces, we create opportunities for our vendors to grow their businesses sustainably.”

Steven Tan, President of SM Supermalls, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing SM’s role in supporting local communities and promoting sustainable development through infrastructure investments.

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas oversees a site inspection of the Uswag Dialysis Center in Barangay San Isidro to ensure smooth progress, aiming to promptly offer free services to residents.

Mayor Treñas remains committed to advancing Iloilo City’s sustainable development agenda. “Our focus is on building a city that nurtures innovation, preserves our heritage, and enhances the quality of life for all residents of Iloilo,” he affirmed.

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