Building new CCMC would take 4 years

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Thursday, January 9, 2014


IT WOULD take four years to build the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

The CCMC ad hoc committee, though, the facility will cost only P1 billion, half a billion less than the initial estimate of P1.5 billion by the Cebu City Government.

These were part of the presentation of the committee to the City Council yesterday.

Patients and personnel had to vacate the old CCMC after it was declared unsafe following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15. Patients are temporarily housed at the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) compound across the street on N. Bacalso Ave.

Since the Department of Health does not allow hospitals to be built near bodies of water, the City Government discarded the plan to build the new CCMC at the South Road Properties. The committee recommended that the site of the old hospital be used instead.

Architect Miko Espina, a member of the ad hoc committee, said they hope to start the construction of a new hospital this year and finish it by 2017.

The implementation of the project, he said, will be in four phases.

The first phase, Espina said, will be the realignment of Panganiban St. and the construction of a temporary four-storey building for the use of the BFP and the CCMC College of Nursing. Its work will start this year until next year.

Completion

Once this building is completed, the work for the first phase of the hospital building itself will start. The hospital will be a five storey building. It is targeted to be undertaken also in 2015.

Once the first phase of the hospital building is completed, patients housed at the BFP compound can be transferred to the new facility.

The new hospital will have 409 beds, higher than the 300-bed old CCMC but fewer than the 1,000 beds envisioned by Mayor Michael Rama.

Espina said, though, that the hospital compound still has room for future expansion.

By the end of 2015 until 2017, Espina said the third phase will be implemented, which is the construction of the rest of the city hospital.

Command center

By late 2017, the fourth phase of the project will commence, which is the construction of the integrated command center.

The integrated command center will house the BFP, the City Traffic Operations Management and a satellite office of the Department of Social Welfare Services and the Cebu City Police Office. The building occupied by the BFP and the CCMC College of Nursing will be converted into a medical arts building.

Espina the P1 billion needed to construct the new CCMC will be broken down as: P608 million for the construction of the hospital building; P30 million for the realignment of Panganiban St.; P38 million for open space; P20 million for the temporary BFP and College of Nursing building; and P16 million for detention ponds and parks.

The remaining amount will be used for the demolition of the current CCMC building and the rental of heavy equipment, among others.

The ad hoc committee hopes that the demolition of the existing CCMC building will begin next month.

So far, the City Government has raised P8 million from its “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” campaign for the rebuilding of a new city hospital.

The CCMC Care Movement raised half a million, said its chief Dr. Shaun Espina, who also appeared before the council yesterday.

After the presentation, the City Council thanked the CCMC ad hoc committee, particularly the Espina family, for giving their services for free on the rebuilding of the hospital.

The council said they wanted the Espinas to be involved in the implementation of the project so that the plans will be realized.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 09, 2014.

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