CONSTRUCTION of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) using the P100-million budget the City Council approved last June is ongoing.
According to Mayor Edgardo Labella, the P100 million is for the installation of electrical and mechanical equipment and the fire alarm and detection system for the first three floors of the building.
Labella said the Department of Engineering and Public Works is preparing the program of works and estimates for the P500 million the council also approved in June to cover the rest of the hospital’s still uncompleted floors.
The mayor expects the contractors to finish the first three floors three months after the City awarded the contract in July.
Work on the new CCMC building began in 2015 during the time of then mayor now Vice Mayor Michael Rama. The first CCMC was demolished after it sustained heavy damage during the 2013 earthquake.
The mayor said the bids and awards committee will conduct another public bidding for the P500-million budget.
In a previous interview, City Administrator Floro Casas Jr. said they already purchased some equipment for the hospital. However, they can’t put these in until the installation of electrical and mechanical equipment is completed.
Labella initially sought the approval of a P1.5-billion third supplemental budget to set aside funds for the completion of the CCMC. But the council only granted P500 million.
Labella said he is determined to finish the construction of the 10-story CCMC within his three-year term, which expires in June 2022. (JJL)