CEBU City Vice Mayor Michael Rama is confident that the 10-story Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) building will be completed before the elections in 2022.
Construction began in 2015 when Rama was mayor. The old CCMC building had to be demolished after it sustained heavy damage during the October 2013 earthquake.
Rama, chairman of the health committee, urged his colleagues in the City Council to work together to finish the CCMC.
“Before our terms will end, this will be our legacy,” he said.
On Friday, July 17, the council formed an ad hoc committee to monitor and coordinate with the executive department so it can be included in the evaluation of the design, planning and implementation of the project.
Members of the ad hoc committee are City Councilors Nestor Archival, Raymond Alvin Garcia, Franklyn Ong, Eugenio Gabuya Jr., Donaldo Hontiveros, Phillip Zafra, Niña Mabatid and Renato Osmeña Jr.
Archival, in a corollary motion, moved for the ad hoc committee to meet with the Department of Engineering and Public Works to get details of the final program of works and estimates (Powe), the final costing, as well as the final schedule of completion of the project.
By the second week of August, the ad hoc committee will submit a report to the council.
Archival said the Powe will serve as the road map of the project.
“This will guide us what is the real picture, the real delivery and what are still needed,” he said.
He said there should be a target date for the completion of the hospital “because if we don’t have the schedule then we don’t have a path.”
The executive department, in a previous report, wanted to finish the first three floors first.
City Administrator Floro Casas Jr. had said Mayor Edgardo Labella wanted the facility to be partially operational to help address congestion in other hospitals amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
But Rama pushed for the completion of the 10 floors before opening the hospital to the public, pointing out that the ground floor is the parking area.
“Did we make people wait six years for only three floors?” he said.
The vice mayor said the ad hoc committee will look into the possibility of opening the CCMC partially to help address the Covid-19 situation in the city.
Rama said the mayor has been supportive and is open to any suggestions from other officials regarding the matter.
In a previous interview, Labella said the legal ramifications would have to be taken into account since the City already awarded to the winning bidder the project to complete the first three floors in the next three months. (JJL)