A CEBU City councilor who’s the point person in the building of a new city hospital says it will be built at the old site along Natalio Bacalso Ave., not at the South Road Properties (SRP).

A Department of Health (DOH) policy requires government hospitals to be constructed on a site that’s not facing or is not near the sea. The reason is safety. When a disaster strikes, a hospital is more vulnerable if it’s close to the sea, the councilor said.

DOH may have based its policy on studies here and abroad. What the councilor doesn’t tell us is other establishments at seaside face a similar risk. The new hospital presumably will include ample parking space, as the nature of its business will generate a lot of traffic in the area.