City Hall to start work on CCMC, with P315M

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Sunday, July 13, 2014


THE Cebu City Government will hold tomorrow the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

The activity will be held just a day before Mayor Michael Rama leaves for the United States (US) for a one-month vacation, as well as to raise funds there for the building of a new hospital.

This is the second time the mayor will be flying to the US to raise funds for the CCMC; he also went there last June.

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The new hospital, which will be a 10-storey facility with almost 500 beds, is expected to cost P1.5 billion. It will rise along N. Bacalso Ave. where the old CCMC used to stand.

While the City will already break ground for the project, the construction will not start yet because the bidding has yet to be conducted.

CCMC ad hoc committee chairperson Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, in an earlier interview, said they have completed all the requirements for the bidding of the project.

There is no schedule yet, though.

The committee had earlier targeted to start the construction of the new hospital late this month and finish the first five floors by 2015.

The construction of a new hospital will first be funded by the P315 million that the City Government has allocated.

The P300 million came from the first supplemental budget of the City this year while the remaining P15 million came from the “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” fund drive.

The P15 million is composed of donations from SM Prime Holdings Inc. (P5 million), Chong Hua Hospital (P1 million), Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano (P100,000), Davao City Government (P500,000), Iligan City Government (P500,000), Mati City Government in Davao Oriental (P200,000), and Xiamen in China (P500,000), among many others.

The most recent donation that the City received was $1,000 or P43,470 (based on yesterday’s P43.47 dollar-peso exchange rate) from Roscon Foundation in Dallas, Texas.

The fund-raising campaign is still ongoing, with the City placing empty water containers in schools, establishments, markets, barangay halls and at City Hall.

The City also continues to accept donations.

The City is building a new hospital since the old CCMC was demolished after it sustained heavy damage during the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in October last year.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 14, 2014.

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