Megaworld IBP partners with City Gov’t, medical sector to jumpstart economic recovery

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Trenas checks the Festive Walk Mall Iloilo.

For Iloilo City to recover from the economic spoils of the COVID-19 pandemic, it needs the cooperation of all sectors in the community. And that’s what Iloilo Business Park (IBP) aims to achieve as it joined hands with Iloilo City Government and the medical community in calling for Ilonggos’ support for the revival of the economy.

IBP top executives Jennifer Palmares-Fong, vice president for sales and marketing, and Ford Tan, general manager of Festive Walk Iloilo, welcomed City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas and Dr. Felix Ray Villa, chief executive officer of The Medical City Iloilo, in the Megaworld township recently to forge a partnership in the fight against COVID-19 and jumpstart economic recovery.

Gen. Martin Delgado statue with hablon mask designed by Jeff Ticao.
Gen. Martin Delgado statue with hablon mask designed by Jeff Ticao.

“We need the Ilonggos’ cooperation to follow and observe safety protocols to help the city recover from this pandemic. Iloilo has been enjoying an economic boom in the past years, and the only way for us to sustain that is to support our entrepreneurs and their businesses. There’s no need to fear going out and do what we want to do, as long as we continue to adhere to all the safety measures and educate others to help curb the spread of the virus in the city,” says Jennifer Palmares-Fong, vice president for sales and marketing, Iloilo Business Park (IBP).

Wreath laying at Gen. Martin Delgado statue.
The wreath-laying ceremony at the General Martin Delgado statue to mark the unveiling of the ‘hablon’ facemask worn by the Ilonggo hero as a symbol of the city’s continuing fight against the spread of Covid-19.

Iloilo Business Park is demonstrating its staunch commitment to highlighting safety in the city above all by presenting the iconic Gen. Martin Delgado’s statue wearing a giant Hablon facemask crafted by Ilonggo fashion designer Jeff Ticao. The initiative was made to remind Ilonggos to do their part in adhering to minimum health standards to prevent the spread of the virus.

“IBP remains safe for Ilonggos. Every component of this township — from the hotels, residential condominiums, even the mall and its tenants—strictly implements and complies with the government’s safety and health standards. This is how we remain one with the city’s Bato Iloilo (Fight Iloilo) campaign,” shares Palmares-Fong.

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Trenas at the handwashing station installed at the entrance of Festive Walk Mall Iloilo.
Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Trenas at the handwashing station installed at the entrance of Festive Walk Mall Iloilo.

Also coinciding with the unveiling of the statue is the ceremonial turnover of the training manual on safety and sanitation developed exclusively by The Medical City (TMC) for Festive Walk Iloilo. Festive Walk Iloilo has teamed up with the premier medical network to boost its sanitation and infection control measures and enhance the capabilities of its own sanitation teams.

“We are committed to working closely with the city government in the fight against COVID-19. We have enhanced our safety and sanitation capabilities through our partnership with Safeguard and The Medical City and we are more than ready to provide Ilonggos with the safest shopping environment possible, where they can enjoy and at the same time help local businesses thrive even during these challenging times,” says Ford Tan, general manager, Festive Walk Iloilo.

Sanitation and safety manual turnover
Dr. Felix Ray Villa and Prince Celo of The Medical City Iloilo turns over to GM Ford Tan the manual on sanitation and safety developed by the hospital exclusively for Festive Walk Iloilo.

Among the safety measures being implemented at the mall and other establishments in the township include foot baths in all entrances, mandatory temperature checks, provision of alcohol and hand sanitizers at building and store entrances and comfort rooms, establishment of handwashing stations, and educational signages and safety reminders in all visible areas.

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