Officials can’t agree on CCMC’s fate-A A +A
Sunday, October 27, 2013
THE “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” campaign of the Cebu City Government has moved an Austrian national to donate five euros.
The amount is equivalent to P298 and was sent by Edilberta Eisler of Kunna, Austria, according to the Cebu City Public Information Office.
The campaign to rebuild the condemned Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) also attracted the attention of Senator Teofisto Guingona III.
“Okay. No problem, of course. Anything to help the people in Central Visayas,” the senator said.
The city hospital was badly damaged by the earthquake last October 15.
The Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) initially said the hospital needs to be retrofitted. But Vice President Jejomar Binay, during his visit to Cebu City after the earthquake, told Mayor Michael Rama that the City is better off demolishing the structure and building a new one.
To do that, the City will need at least P1 billion. So far, the City has gathered about P2 million in donation and pledges, which is why some councilors believe retrofitting the CCMC is a better option.
Not only is it cheaper but it will also take less time, said Councilor Margarita Osmeña.
“It is better to have a new one but logically, retrofitting would cost about P15 to P20 million. There are many options that need to be considered rather than simply order demolition,” she said.
“I’m not against it but for a P1-billion hospital we would have to sacrifice other priorities,” she said.
The CCMC is one of 25 buildings the DEPW has cordoned off with red tape after it ordered these off-limits to the public.
The DEPW also identified 69 buildings for “restricted use” only. This means not all areas in a building can be occupied.
As of Friday, the DEPW had inspected 373 of the 838 buildings identified for inspection.
These included 42 barangay halls, 27 commercial buildings, 26 skywalks and flyovers, 24 daycare centers, 19 health centers, 19 regional offices and 16 hotels.
As for Guingona, the senator was the keynote speaker during the centennial dedication anniversary of the Bradford Memorial Church yesterday.
Since people are still talking about the earthquake that struck Cebu and Bohol, Guingona anchored his speech on the calamity.
“What works for building houses are the same things that work in building a country...a strong foundation,” he said.
Since a lot of the structures damaged during the earthquake, particularly in Bohol, were churches, Bradford, which is located on Osmeña Blvd., will soon open its church to all people regardless of religious affiliation.
Bradford was built in 1902 as a gift to Rev. Frederick Jansen, the first Presbyterian missionary sent to Cebu.
The church, which is a national historical landmark, was dedicated on October 26, 1913.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 27, 2013.