Council shelves plan to create senior citizens ward at CCMC

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013


THE move that seeks to establish a senior citizens ward at the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) for the city’s indigent elderly and to provide them with free medicines and hospital services during their confinement has been stalled.

This, after the City Council decided to “lay on the table” Councilor Gerardo Carillo’s proposed ordinance covering the matter.

THE move that seeks to establish a senior citizens ward at the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) for the city’s indigent elderly and to provide them with free medicines and hospital services during their confinement has been stalled.

This, after the City Council decided to “lay on the table” Councilor Gerardo Carillo’s proposed ordinance covering the matter.

It said the City Government doesn’t have a new hospital yet.

The CCMC, which is located along the N. Bacalso Ave., has been condemned after its structural integrity was heavily affected by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.

Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella also said that there is a need for the council to see first the design of the new hospital before passing an ordinance to establish a senior citizens ward.

Benefits, requirements

The City plans to build the new hospital in a three-hectare lot at the South Road Properties.

Mayor Michael Rama said the hospital, which is expected to cost P1.5 billion, should have a 1,000-bed capacity.

Under Carillo’s proposed legislation, senior citizens in the city will receive free medical and hospitalization benefits, provided their annual income is P60,000 or below.

A senior citizen who wishes to avail himself of the program must be a registered member of the Office of the Senior Citizen’s Affairs (Osca).

Osca and the Department of Social Welfare and Development will process the recipient’s registration.

If approved as is, Carillo is proposing that the City set aside P10 million to effectively carry out the functions and objectives of his ordinance.

Carillo, who is the chairperson of the council’s committee on social services, said he will file again his proposed measure before the council once the plans for the construction of the new hospital are in place.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 01, 2014.

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