‘Piso-piso’ for CCMC-A A +A
Friday, October 25, 2013
CREDIT the administration of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama for the use of an age-old strategy to fuel the fund raising drive for the construction of a new building for the Cebu City Medical Center.
The “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” fund drive is off to a good start not because of the number of one-peso coins that have been gathered so far but because it caught the attention of well-meaning people and institutions.
Donations that have been received so far ranged from the P100,000 from Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano to the P5 million of Henry Sy of SM Prime Holdings. In between were the P500,000 from Davao city Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and the P1 million from Chong Hua Hospital.
Some of the donations were actually for the quake victims and the overall rehabilitation effort of the city government but the mayor decided to put these into the CCMC fund drive.
Still, the money collected so far is far from the more than P1 billion that is needed for the proposed structure that Rama said would house the bigger and more modern city hospital. But the start of the fund drive already augurs well for the mayor’s plan for the CCMC.
Everybody knows the political setup in the city.
When Rama was asked where he would get the money considering the refusal of majority Bando Osmeña-Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) councilors to fund his projects, he expressed confidence of being able to raise it from other sources. It does seem like that confidence is justified.
But he will succeed in this only if he is able to transform the fund raising drive into a movement participated in by the city’s residents. If this becomes a people’s effort, then the donors both from other government entities and the private sector will be knocking in.
And this movement should be sustained. The worst thing to happen is for the fund drive effort to burn with fervor in the initial stages and then suddenly die down like the proverbial “ningas cogon.”
Former mayor Tomas Osmeña, the BOPK chief, once planned to sell the CCMC, virtually saying that the city does not need a public hospital. He later backed off because of vehement public opposition to the plan.
Now city residents need to walk the talk by showing that they are for the construction of a “bigger and more modern” city hospital--non-cooperation by Osmeña and the BOPK councilors notwithstanding.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 26, 2013.