WHAT happened to the Project Balik Buhay (PBB) of Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (Opav) Secretary Michael Dino? It just fizzled out. After making noise on social media and with the hype by his spin doctors, I haven’t heard of any update. Was it a success or a failure? It was Dino who initiated it with other government agencies like the Department of Health (DOH) and other local chief executives of the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.
It initiated the scientific rapid testing. Did Opav practically abandon the project? If the project was a noble one, I hope they can continue to support it. Just asking.
Who has the final say on the fate of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC)? If Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella has his way, he wants the first and third floors finished and operational by October this year. He wants the contractor to continue the project with a P100 million budget and wants the hospital opened to Covid-19 patients. But how can it be operational in October when there is no concrete plan yet for its construction? Is the contractor ready to finish the project?
While the side of the executive department said that, Vice Mayor Michael Rama has another plan. Rama is confident that the CCMC building will be completed before the elections in 2022. Rama, who is the council’s presiding officer and chairman of the committee on health, urged his colleagues to work together to finish the project. He wants all the 10 floors fully operational by then.
The council had formed an ad hoc committee to work with the executive department so it can be included in the evaluation of the design, planning and the implementation of the project. It is also good that the opposition is joining and participating in the ad hoc committee. If they will just be united, this noble project will be realized. After all, it’s a City Government project. It is for the Cebuanos.
We will stop the blame game and politicking. It is not good for the Cebuanos. The city hospital has been there for the past three administrations and it is not yet operational. It has been tainted with controversies during the Rama administration and then Osmeña’s and now under Labella’s. Let the present administration finish that project without political interference. Please spare CCMC from any politics. This is your legacy.
We are facing this pandemic and both our private and government hospitals are overwhelmed. So where can we accommodate those Covid-19 patients? It is not easy to seek admission in any hospital nowadays even for non-Covid ailments.