Building of new CCMC not part of budget-A A +A
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
WHERE is the budget for the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC)?
As the local finance committee submitted the proposed 2014 budget on Oct. 18, it was expected that there will be an appropriation for the rebuilding of the city hospital, considering that its demolition has been recommended.
This, as the Cebu City Government launched yesterday a “piso-piso campaign” to help raise the P1 billion to P1.5 billion needed for the construction of a new, bigger and modern CCMC.
The CCMC building along N. Bacalso Ave., which was built in 1968, has recently been ordered demolished by Mayor Michael Rama after its structural integrity suffered from the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu and Bohol last Tuesday.
The proposed appropriation under the general fund is P10.2 billion and P1.2 billion for the special accounts.
Under the estimated expenditures for city hospitals, there was a total appropriation of P409.7 million. This comprises P208.8 million for personal services and P200.9 million in maintenance and other operating expenses.
A budget for a new CCMC building should have been under capital outlay. The total capital outlay proposed is P4.3 billion.
But Rama said the budget could not be immediately included since the earthquake just happened last Oct. 15.
However, Rama’s budget message already included the effects of the earthquake.
“With the recent earthquake, it is being perfectly clear that we need a bigger, sturdier and fully equipped city medical center,” Rama’s message read.
Rama talked about hiring additional doctors to increase the ratio of medical professionals and number of barangays.
Rama has assured hospital staff they will not lose their jobs as the City will spread the CCMC personnel out to the health centers.
“Disaster preparedness should be everyone’s business,” said Rama.
According to the proposal, the calamity fund is worth P226.7 million.
Under the law, calamity fund is not less than five percent of the estimated revenue from regular sources.
While estimated expenditure under the general fund is P10.2 billion, the estimated revenue sources have reached P10.5 billion.
The biggest source is from capital/investment receipts. This was not a source of fund in the 2013 budget.
“Looks like this is where they placed the sale of disposed assets, redemption of auctioned properties, share from joint venture... maybe?” said Councilor Margarita Osmeña.
She chairs the committee on budget and finance.
Another major source of fund for the proposed budget is the P2.4 billion in tax revenue. Tax revenue of the 2013 budget was only P1.8 billion.
To generate more income, Rama also said his administration will market the South Road Properties (SRP) to local and foreign investors.
The other sources of fund, according to the proposed annual budget, are: Internal Revenue Allotment (P1.2 billion), non-tax revenue (P700 million), share from ecozone (P200 million).
Expenses are: personal services (P947 million), maintenance and other operating expenses (P3.5 billion), subsidy to special accounts (P912 million), financial expenses (P503 million) and capital outlay (P4.3 billion).
Under the special accounts, the biggest proposed appropriation is for the local development fund worth P550 million while P410 million is for city hospitals. Another P137 million is for traffic management, P60 million for city markets, P49 million for housing projects, P32.7 for city abattoir and P7 million for the City Resource Management and Development Center.
During the flag raising ceremony at City Hall yesterday, City Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos said the piso-piso campaign dubbed as “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko,” seeks to encourage public participation in the rebuilding of a new CCMC.
The campaign, she said, will run for several days until enough funds will be raised to start the construction of a new hospital which Mayor Michael Rama envisions to be a 1,000-bed facility.
“It has been decided that CCMC should be demolished the soonest possible time. It means impairing, if not suspending, services to the thousands of poor families. But being Cebuanos, I know that you will not allow this calamity to pull you down, to wallow in tears and be gripped by fear,” delos Santos said.
Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, who attended the launching of the piso-piso campaign, praised the City for opening an opportunity to the people to help in the rebuilding of the CCMC.
“I am very eager, excited and encouraged to see that new hospital because that will be the first hospital in the country that will be built by the people,” he said.
“Mahirap siguro i-raise ang P1 billion but kaya po ng Cebu City ang mahirap. Kayang-kaya ang P1 billion. I believe in the Cebuanos and I believe the Cebuanos deserve a world class hospital,” he said.
After the launching of the campaign, Cayetano gave P100,000 and placed it in one of the six containers that the City prepared for the donations.
Hundreds of City Hall employees also gave their share. As of 5:30 pm yesterday, the Cebu City Public Information Office said that the City raised P139,546 from the first three containers alone in the first day of the campaign.
The Davao City Government, through Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, went to City Hall yesterday and turned over P500,000.
Cayetano said Taguig City, where his wife Lani is a mayor, will also be extending P500,000 cash assistance for the rebuilding of CCMC.
Last week, SM Prime Holdings Inc. had also turned over P5 million to the City.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 22, 2013.