GSIS looks into insurance claims for CICC-A A +A
Friday, October 25, 2013
THE Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) and other government-owned buildings damaged by the Oct. 15 earthquake are being assessed for insurance claims.
The Government Security Insurance System (GSIS) received claims insurance benefits for the CICC and seven other government-owned buildings, said information officer Mitos Galicanao.
Capitol sought to claim the insurance coverage of the CICC and the legislative building.
The Cebu City Government is seeking claims for damaged public school buildings.
Galicanao said the Cebu City Government has yet to submit its claims for the Cebu City Medical Center.
Mandaue City, on the other hand, wants to claim the insurance benefits for the public market.
The Cebu Port Authority also submitted its claim for damaged terminals.
Cebu Provincial Engineer Hector Jamora assured, though, that the CICC remains safe.
Several cracks appeared on the walls of the CICC after the earthquake. Part of the ceiling of the plenary hall collapsed and glass windows were broken.
But Jamora stressed that the structural support of the building remains safe.
Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said the Provincial Board will have to discuss what needs to be done with the CICC.
Galicanao said the GSIS has to check if the insurance policy for the buildings have additional or standard coverages.
She said the GSIS standard insurance coverage only includes fire and lightning.
Earthquake and floods are additional coverages, she added.
The CICC has a P515-million insurance but GSIS still needs to check what type of policy was obtained for the facility.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Information Office revealed that the Capitol, with the help of the private sector, will extend financial assistance to the local government units affected by the quake.
Last Tuesday, the Sacred Heart Men's Association Inc. gave the Capitol P500,000 as assistance to earthquake victims.
The Provincial Engineering Office recommended that repair of school buildings and the Dalaguete water system be made priorities.
Two Capitol-owned water tankers were brought to Dalaguete yesterday because the town’s water pipeline was damaged by the earthquake.
Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, on the other hand, said the governor will convene the Provincial Heritage Commission to discuss what can be done about damaged churches in Dalaguete, Sibonga, Boljoon, Dumanjug, Malabuyoc and Bogo City.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 25, 2013.