CH breaks ground for new hospital

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


THE Cebu City Government yesterday broke ground for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) that is expected to cost P1.5 billion.

The actual construction, though, will start in late September or in October.

Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, CCMC ad hoc committee head, this is because Dr. Shaun Espina and Architect Mico Espina are still finalizing details of the project’s plan, which include the number of materials needed.

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“Uban gud gi-lump nila. Wa sila naanad sa goberyno nga very detailed. Like 20 ka kabilya but sa private, they only need lump number of iron bars.

So mao na ang nakadugay (The private sector is used to lumping the number of materials needed but the public sector is very detailed and needs the specific number. That’s what’s causing the delay),” she said.

Completion target

Delos Santos said the City has already given a 30-day reglementary period for Espina to finish the plan details.

Once finished, delos Santos said the City will then open the bidding for the construction. The bidding, she said, will take at least a month.

She is optimistic, though, that the public will be able to see the foundation and the skeleton of the building along N. Bacalso Ave. by December.

She said they hope the building will be finished on or before 2016.

Asked why the held the groundbreaking ceremony this early, Delos Santos said it is because Mayor Michael Rama will be leaving today for the US for a one-month vacation and to meet possible donors for the new hospital.

“It’s timely. Just in time (before he leaves) kay probably igkahuman sa details (when the details are completed), the mayor is still out of the country,” she said.

The 10-story hospital can accommodate more than 400 beds.

Budget

Its implementation will first be funded by the P315 million that the City has, P300 million of which came from the first supplemental budget of the City this year while the P15 million came from the “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” fund drive.

Delos Santos said they will be seeking more funds for the project.

She disclosed yesterday that the executive department will propose an additional P300 million to P500 million in the 2015 annual budget.

Delos Santos also said that SM Prime Holdings vowed to shoulder the construction of the second floor of the new hospital, which costs at least P146 million. This is in addition to the P5 million the firm already donated for the project, she said.

The old CCMC, which was built 45 years old, was heavily damaged during the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Cebu and Bohol last October.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 17, 2014.

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