DARK clouds continued to cover the sky yesterday after rain fell in torrents the other day. The weather bureau Pagasa said that the current climatic change is caused by the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), or a series of low pressure areas, hovering over the Philippine area of responsibility. For the first time, we are into wet times after weeks of enduring those hot days.
Pagasa’s Oscar Tabada clarified, however, that despite the onset of rainy days, the moderate El Niño is still very much around. The weather bureau expects the amount of rain in July, August and September to lessen again. The hot days will be back in October and November and may continue until the first quarter of 2016.
With the rain came the things associated with it, like flash floods. Among the areas most affected were the usual suspects: the cities of Cebu and Mandaue. That was expected because officials of these local government units didn’t bother to improve the drainage system and clear waterways of obstruction in their jurisdiction for the duration of the hot months.
I just hope these officials have learned their lessons and will finally act on the problem.
The special Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) has declared a Luzon-based contractor as the lowest bidder for the construction of the first phase of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) building. This is a welcome development considering the delays in the implementation of the project and the difficulties encountered by CCMC personnel in the hospital’s current location.
Hopefully, this bidding won’t go the way of the first one that became controversial and was eventually declared by Mayor Michael Rama as a failure. The project’s first phase is estimated to cost P600 million. The winning contractor, Quezon City-based C.E. Padilla Construction, bidded for P514,979,659. The next one placed a bid of P530 million.
The special BAC will now conduct a post-qualification review of the lowest bidder, which will take from seven to 30 days. If there are no hitches and C.E. Padilla is declared the winning bidder, work is expected to start in July. The first phase covers the structural foundation of the 10-story new CCMC, dubbed by Rama as the “people’s hospital.”
It has been almost two years since the old CCMC building was weakened by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit Cebu and Bohol in October 2013. The delay in the start of the work is frustrating, that is why this development should be welcomed.
Gov. Hilario Davide III said he is not bothered by the threat of former governor Emilio “Lito” Osmeña to detonate a bombshell against the Liberal Party (LP). “As time progresses I will begin to reveal why I think the Cebuanos were swindled; and I am responsible partly because I introduced the Liberal Party in Cebu,” he said in a forum.
Davide’s confidence obviously stems from the belief his party has not done something wrong. But Davide should realize the LP in Cebu is an amalgam of political interests and motives. Many local politicians joined the party for political convenience. So while he may be clean and good natured, other leaders of the party are not.
Lito is running for Cebu governor and is supporting the possible presidential bid of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. But what if Duterte pairs with Ferdinand Marcos Jr.? Will Lito still be supporting a Marcos-Duterte or Duterte-Marcos pairing?