Rama threatens to cancel CCMC contract

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CEBU City Mayor Michael Rama has warned that he will cancel the contract with M.E. Sicat Construction if the latter fails to complete the construction of 10-story Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) before October 28, 2022.

Rama said he visited the CCMC on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, but he was dismayed of the building’s progress.

The contractor has already built the first seven floors of the public hospital.

"What is the purpose of having a contract and then it is not being completed? Because I can wait anyway, my term is three years, and I’m serious because di ko gusto og lies," said Rama, as reported by the Cebu City Public Information Office on its Facebook page.

"I-cancel. Mao nay akong order. Di ta magpakita nga pwerte gyung arat arat (dali) pero we have to put everything accordingly kay naa man mi gisabotan sa wa pa ko nipirma sa kadtong notice to proceed, contract with Sicat contractor," he told SunStar.

Vice Mayor Raymond Alvin Garcia supported Rama’s stand.

"I will go with Mayor Mike kay it is already long overdue unya dugay naman nang kontrataha napirmahan and we know nga ang pinaka-importanteng aspeto karon nga kinahanglanon sa mga tawo mao ang hospital services, so it very important that CCMC will be finished on time. I will support the stand of the mayor," Garcia said.

The City Government awarded the M.E. Sicat Construction the P916.8-million contract to build the phase 4 of the CCMC on April 6, 2022. The target date of completion for the 10-story building is October 28, 2022, which is also Rama’s birthday.

Rama vowed earlier to deliver topnotch services to Cebuanos, as he aims to attain a “Singapore-like” status for Cebu City.

He said during his inaugural address last June 30 that attaining this kind of status is not impossible now that President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., Vice President Sara Duterte, incoming House Speaker Martin Romualdez, and incoming Senate President Mark Villar are on his side.

"They are all on our side... This is not impossible. This is not far-fetched, this is achievable," he said.

He said Thursday, July 7, that Cebuanos can avail themselves of the CCMC’s services for free.

"A poor man's hospital with a rich man services that will demonstrate care, love and compassion," he stressed.

Based on the signed agreement between the City and M.E. Sicat Construction, the contractor must finish the 10 stories of the building by October 28. It has yet to build the ceiling, ventilation on the lower ground floor, water lines, drainage for the hospital laboratory, more rooms for intensive care unit, room for CT scan, and doors, among others. (PAC/LMY)

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