Councilors pussyfoot on site plan

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Thursday, January 23, 2014


THE Cebu City Council yesterday deferred approval of the site development plan for the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) along N. Bacalso Ave.

The council said the project proponents should complete requirements for the plan to be approved.

Councilor Lea Japson drafted the resolution providing for the site development plan of the CCMC. But it was also she who moved to defer the approval of the resolution.

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During the council’s regular session, Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos questioned the motion, pointing out the urgency of new CCMC project.

Concerns

But Japson, also chairperson of the council's committee on health and hospital services, said there are other concerns that need to be addressed first. She did not elaborate.

Councilor Gerardo Carillo said the CCMC ad hoc committee should first secure a preliminary approval and locational clearance (PALC) from the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) for the project.

The PALC should then be approved by the Cebu City Zoning Board before it can be endorsed to the City Council for approval.

Aside from that, Carillo said, the committee should also secure a development permit from CPDO and this has to be approved by the zoning board before it can be endorsed to the City Council for approval.

THE Cebu City Council yesterday deferred approval of the site development plan for the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) along N. Bacalso Ave.

The council said the project proponents should complete requirements for the plan to be approved.

Councilor Lea Japson drafted the resolution providing for the site development plan of the CCMC. But it was also she who moved to defer the approval of the resolution.

During the council’s regular session, Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos questioned the motion, pointing out the urgency of new CCMC project.

Concerns

But Japson, also chairperson of the council's committee on health and hospital services, said there are other concerns that need to be addressed first. She did not elaborate.

Councilor Gerardo Carillo said the CCMC ad hoc committee should first secure a preliminary approval and locational clearance (PALC) from the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) for the project.

The PALC should then be approved by the Cebu City Zoning Board before it can be endorsed to the City Council for approval.

Aside from that, Carillo said, the committee should also secure a development permit from CPDO and this has to be approved by the zoning board before it can be endorsed to the City Council for approval.

Requirements

“The City's project should not be exempted (from complying with all the requirements),” he said.

Councilor Margarita Osmeña echoed the sentiments of Carillo.

She said that while the City Council is aware of the urgency of building a new city hospital, the City Government “should do things properly.”

The City Council deferred approval of the CCMC site development plan for two weeks.

Sought for comment about the matter, Mayor Michael Rama said he has no problem with the City Council’s decision.

“There’s no problem. What is important is that they help in the rebuilding of a new city hospital,” he said.

Rama wants to build a new CCMC since the existing hospital building has been declared unsafe after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.

Patients at the CCMC are temporarily housed at the Bureau of Fire Protection building across the street on N. Bacalso Ave.

There were initial plans to build the new hospital at the South Road Properties. But the DOH prohibits the building of hospitals near bodies of water. PDF

Requirements

“The City's project should not be exempted (from complying with all the requirements),” he said.

Councilor Margarita Osmeña echoed the sentiments of Carillo.

She said that while the City Council is aware of the urgency of building a new city hospital, the City Government “should do things properly.”

The City Council deferred approval of the CCMC site development plan for two weeks.

Sought for comment about the matter, Mayor Michael Rama said he has no problem with
the City Council’s decision.

“There’s no problem. What is important is that they help in the rebuilding of a new city hospital,” he said.

Rama wants to build a new CCMC since the existing hospital building has been declared unsafe after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.

Patients at the CCMC are temporarily housed at the Bureau of Fire Protection building across the street on N. Bacalso Ave.

There were initial plans to build the new hospital at the South Road Properties. But the DOH prohibits the building of hospitals near bodies of water.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 23, 2014.

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