CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama is considering letting doctors at the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) vie for the position of hospital chief.

This, after the mayor found it hard to find a qualified applicant to replace CCMC Chief Myrna Go.

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Rama said he already interviewed four private doctors but no one has committed to work full-time as CCMC director.

He said the interviewees want to engage in private practice while working at CCMC to augment their income.

Like doctors Tomas Fernandez and Shawn Espina, who were earlier interviewed by the mayor, the two other doctors also prefer to work as consultants instead.

But since Rama wants a full-time hospital director, he is considering allowing CCMC doctors to apply for the post.

“Kanang taga sud kung naa may interesado, ato lang usab nga hatagan ug three months tingali to prove his or her worth (If anyone is interested, we might give the applicant three months to prove his or her worth),” Rama said.


The mayor tasked Fernandez, a CCMC consultant, to look for doctors at CCMC who are willing and able to take the responsibility for running the City hospital.

Rama said even if Go will be replaced, she will remain at CCMC to help the doctors in the hospital’s operations.

Meanwhile, the mayor has also received applications for the next fire department chief.

He said at least two officials are interested in replacing Cebu City Fire Marshall Esmael Codilla.

The mayor sought Codilla’s replacement a day after he complained that it took firefighters too long to control the fire that hit Barangay T. Padilla that left over 3,000 residents homeless.

The Aug. 9 fire destroyed at least 430 houses, making it the biggest fire to hit the city this year.

The selection team for the new fire marshal is composed of Rama’s executive secretary Belinda Navascues and City Hall consultants Eugene Elizalde and Leonardo Chiu.

Rama wants someone competent.

Rama said he talked to Interior Sec. Jesse Robredo and told him his plan to have Codilla, who has been the City’s fire marshal since 2002, replaced.

Codilla earlier said he is willing to leave the post once he receives a notice from higher headquarters to vacate his office.