Private sector proposes selling CCMC lot on N. Bacalso Ave., finding new site-A A +A
Saturday, November 2, 2013
A GROUP that promised to help look for funds for the construction of a new hospital has recommended that City Hall sell the lot occupied by the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).
The CCMC Care (Championing the Advancement, Restoration and Establishment of the CCMC) Movement advised Mayor Michael Rama to look for a bigger lot for the new hospital.
Dr. Shawn Espina, lead convenor of the movement, told Rama in a letter that the lot where the CCMC sits on N. Bacalso Ave. can be sold for at least P500 million.
The proceeds from the sale can be used for the construction of a new city hospital, said Espina.
She said CCMC Care will help the City Government look for additional funds for the project. She added that the movement opened a bank account under the Gift of Life Foundation of the Cebu City Rotary Club West to be able to accept donations.
The mayor said the new hospital, which will have a 1,000-bed capacity, will cost P1 billion to P1.5 billion to build.
The mayor decided to build a new city hospital after engineers declared CCMC unsafe due to the damage incurred by the Oct. 15 earthquake.
The 300-bed CCMC sits on a 1.2-hectare City-owned property.
Espina said the City would need at least three hectares for the new hospital.
“The location of the current CCMC is very crowded. We believe that we need to find a more suitable location to be able to handle a 1,000-bed facility with ample parking space for everyone,” she said.
Espina also raised the need for a feasibility study, which will also determine a suitable site for the new hospital, among others.
Espina said at least P500,000 is needed for the feasibility study, which can be conducted by an established firm.
She has asked City Hall to help them raise the P500,000 for the feasibility study.
She also asked the City to provide them the latest financial report on the CCMC so they can study its budget and revenue sources.
Rama said he will have the CCMC Care's proposal reviewed by City Administrator Jose Marie Poblete.
CCMC Care is a two-week-old movement whose members include the Rotary Club, Zonta Club, University of San Carlos College of Architecture and Fine Arts, Movement for Livable Cebu, Philippines Society of Surgeons and Philippine College of Surgeons Cebu Eastern Visayas Chapter, Philippine Pediatric Society, Cebu Central Chapter and the Laguna Group of Companies.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 02, 2013.