MORE sister cities of Cebu City have extended financial help to the City Government for the construction of a new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

In his news conference yesterday, Mayor Michael Rama announced that Kaohsiung City in Taiwan vowed to give $10,000, or P450,000, based on yesterday’s P45-dollar exchange rate.

The mayor said Kaohsiung already sent a letter to the City and asked for its bank account number where they can deposit the money. The City has already opened a trust fund account in Banco de Oro for those who wish to donate for the project.

Voluntary

Asked if he will urge other sister cities to help, Rama said he will not force them.

Cebu City has 20 sister cities, including, among others, Haarlemmermeer in the Netherlands, Xiamen in China, Yeosu in South Korea, Honolulu in Hawaii, Chula Vista and Salinas in California, Kitchener in Canada, Seattle in Washington and Parramatta in Australia.

Kaohsiung is the third sister city to offer help for the construction of a new CCMC after Haarlemmermeer and Xiamen.

Far from target

Haarlemmermeer Mayor Theo Weterings had said that Dutch publishing house HDC Media started a fund-raising campaign for the new CCMC.

Weterings has yet to disclose how much money has been raised so far.

Xiamen, on the other hand, vowed to donate P600,000 to the City.

Based on the records of the City Treasurer’s Office, the City has so far collected P10 million for the project.

The campaign started last October after the CCMC building sustained heavy damaged during the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Cebu and Bohol.

The City needs at least P1 billion for the project.