3-hectare SRP lot for new CCMC

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Thursday, December 12, 2013


SOME three-hectare lot at the back of the Pedro Calungsod Chapel at the South Road Properties (SRP) will be the site for the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Mayor Michael Rama yesterday disclosed he wants the new city hospital to be placed there, saying that the area is enough to house the bigger hospital.

The mayor wants the City Government to build a 1,000-bed hospital.

The old CCMC is a 300-bed capacity facility along N. Bacalso Ave.

The old hospital sits in a 1.2-hectare property. It had been vacated and ordered demolished after the structure sustained heavy damage during the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu and Bohol last Oct. 15.

Traffic scheme

In his regular news conference yesterday, the mayor said he instructed the City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) to study the traffic scheme in the area where the new hospital will be built.

Asked if the City will provide bus services at the SRP once the new hospital will be built, Rama said the matter will also be handled by Citom.

The mayor pointed out, though, that one of the investors of the SRP, SM Prime Holdings Inc., has proposed to the City the opening of two bus routes while the Bus Rapid Transit project in the area is not yet implemented.

Based on their proposal, SM wanted the bus routes to ply Talisay-SRP-Mambaling-SRP-Talisay and Talisay-SRP-Mambaling-SRP-Downtown-SM-North Bus Terminal and back.

As for the designs of the new hospital, Rama said the matter is being handled by the private sector led by Dr. Shawn Espina and Arch. Mico Espina.

Asked what the City will do with the property where the condemned CCMC building currently stands, Rama said he doesn’t have any plans yet.

Think-tank

Earlier, though, the CCMC Care (Championing the Advancement, Restoration and Establishment of the CCMC) Movement headed by Dr. Espina has suggested that the property along N. Bacalso be sold.

The amount then that will be generated will be used in the construction of the new hospital, which Rama estimated to cost P1.5 billion.

Before proceeding with the rebuilding of a new hospital at SRP, though, the City Council is asking the executive department to submit to them a copy first on the proposed site development plan on the lot where the new hospital will be built.

The council said they want to discuss and deliberate on the matter.

The council also scheduled an executive session next week so the legislative body will be appraised regarding the site development plan. They asked to appear before them officials of CCMC and SRP Management Office Chief Roberto Varquez among others.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 12, 2013.

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