Cebu City spends nearly P2 billion for CCMC construction

ALMOST P2 billion have already been spent by the Cebu City Government for the construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC), but until now the building is not completed yet.

The amount spent included P566.085 million for the Phase 1 of the project that was done by C.E. Padilla Construction Inc., P36.33 million for Phase 1.1 awarded to Charlz Construction, P299 million for Phase 2 that was awarded to C.E. Padilla, and Phase 3 worth P99.72 million that went to winning bidder C.B. Garay Philwide Builders.

Phase 4 of the project worth P907.99 million was awarded to M.E. Sicat Construction Inc., which became controversial after Mayor Michael Rama announced on November 9, 2022 the termination of the contract with the contractor.

M.E. Sicat has been working on the seventh to 10th floors of the new CCMC.

But Rama said he could no longer bear the delay in the completion of the public hospital, whose construction was started in 2015 during his second term as mayor.

Phase 4 has a target completion date of 570 days.

Secretary to the mayor Lawyer Collin Rosell and special assistant on projects lawyer Jerone Castillo said they have already agreed with Engr. Michael Sicat, president of M.E. Sicat Construction, regarding the cancellation of contract.

Rosell said they also checked whether the records of the City and those of Sicat match based on the completion rate of the contractor and the advance payment that the contractor received from the City Government.

He said the City Government is willing to pay Sicat whatever they lack in terms of payment.

According to him, Rama wanted to have the building completed through public-private partnership to get rid of public bidding.

Rosell and Castillo explained that similar to the two medium-rise buildings (MRBs) in Barangay Lorega that were intended for informal settlers, the next contractor will continue the construction of CCMC and turn the project over to the Cebu City Government once completed.

The MRBs in Lorega were built by Cebu Landmasters Inc. as part of the company’s compliance with the required Balanced Housing Development Program under the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992.

The two lawyers said Rama wanted to hasten the completion of the government hospital, which according to them, would impose “zero billing” on patients upon discharge. (PAC, TPT)