CEBU - Shortly after last year’s earthquake, the Cebu City Government lost one of its busiest facilities in the delivery of basic services, the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).
The 45-year-old building on N. Bacalso Ave. was badly damaged when the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last October 15, 2013 shook Bohol, Cebu and other parts of the Visayas.
The calamity led to another: the public hospital’s untimely demolition.
City Hall’s Department of Engineering and Public Works declared the CCMC too unsafe to occupy after its ceilings, walls and columns showed huge diagonal cracks after the tremors. The engineers said the structure no longer conformed to the country’s building standards. Some of the building’s windows had shattered.
The Rama administration then decided to undertake what would be its biggest project to date, the construction of a new, bigger and modern hospital that is projected to cost P1.5 billion.
Today, however, the City has yet to come up with enough funds for the construction of the proposed 10 story, 409-bed facility.
Of the total amount needed, the City’s funds on hand are around P316 million, or about 21 percent of the total project cost.
The P300 million was appropriated in the City’s first supplemental budget for this year while the P16 million was raised through the “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” fund drive.
Based on the records of the City Accounting Department, the top five biggest contributors in the fund-raising campaign for the hospital are SM Prime Holdings Inc., which turned over P5 million to the City, while the Yeosu Government in South Korea, Cebu City’s sister-city, gave P1.1 million.
Asociacion Benevola de Cebu Inc., the owner of Chong Hua Hospital, also contributed P1 million. Cebu CFI Cooperative donated P1 million and Rotary International District 3860 gave P1 million for the project.
Mayor Michael Rama was able to get P912 million in pledges from Filipino communities in four states in the US during his three-week visit there last August.
The pledges have yet to be delivered.
In an interview with Sun.Star Cebu, CCMC ad hoc committee head and City Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos said she will discuss with the mayor in the coming weeks how they can ensure that the pledges will materialize.
“I am very optimistic that the pledges will be translated to cash because this is a noble project,” she said.