Cebu City committee to review report on CCMC project this week

THE Contract Termination Review Committee (CTRC) of the Cebu City Government will check this week the verified report of the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) on the termination of P907-million contract for the completion of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Lawyer Carlo Vincent Gimena, chairman of CTRC, the project procuring entity formed by Mayor Michael Rama, said they were not able to act on the report, which they received on December 22, 2022 as some of the members of the committee were on leave.

Gimena added they will inform project contractor ME Sicat Construction once they have finished reviewing the verified report.

"Padad-an pa nato og show cause ang ME Sicat Construction sa verified report para naay due process. Once ma-receive nato ilang comment or explanation, that’s the time atong i-evaluate tanan (We will send show cause to ME Sicat Construction in the verified report so there would be due process. Once we receive their comment or explanation, that’s the time that we evaluate all) documents before we make appropriate recommendation to the mayor,” Gimena said.

The CTRC head said it would take them around two weeks or more to prepare the requirements needed to rescind the contract between ME Sicat and the Cebu City Government.

Gimena added that once they receive a response from ME Sicat, the committee would then pass a resolution asking for the contract’s termination.

ME Sicat Construction president Engr. Michael Sicat earlier said he was saddened by the decision of the City Government to annul the contract, but had to accept it to put an end to the problem.

On November 9, 2022, Rama announced that he would terminate the P907-million contract with ME Sicat as he could no longer bear the delay in the completion of the public hospital.

The construction of the new CCMC began in 2015 during Rama’s second term as mayor.

The building’s construction is under the supervision of DEPW.

The mayor said there was a Cebuano tycoon who was willing to continue the project through a public-private partnership agreement, which would not undergo a public bidding. (PAC, TPT)