‘New CCMC at SRP not possible’

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

HE new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) cannot be built at the South Road Properties (SRP).

This, after the CCMC ad hoc committee learned that the Department of Health (DOH) prohibits the construction of hospitals near bodies of water.

The committee recommended instead to build the new facility on the site of the old


Cebu City Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos said the committee hopes to demolish the old hospital next month.

But she said nothing is final yet as the committee’s recommendations on the new CCMC project still has to be presented to the City Council tomorrow.

Delos Santos said the CCMC ad hoc committee learned about the DOH guidelines through Dr. Gerardo Aquino, head of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC).

In one of the committee meetings, Aquino said VSMMC was supposed to expand its operations by building a hospital on a donated lot at the SRP but they were prohibited by DOH because it is near the sea.

Mayor Michael Rama declined to comment on the committee’s recommendation. He said he does not want to preempt the City Council’s decision.

Rama said his main concern is that a new hospital will be built.

The current CCMC was declared unsafe after it was damaged by 7.2-magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15. Patients of the city hospital are temporarily housed at the Bureau of
Fire Protection compound across the street.

Old site

Delos Santos said because of the DOH guideline, the committee recommended that the new hospital be built on the old site, which is also more accessible, especially to
indigent patients.

She said the new CCMC building will have six storeys and can accommodate 700 to 1,000 beds.

She said the committee is looking at realigning the P100 million for the renovation of the CCMC in this year’s P5.89-million annual budget to fund the new hospital.

She added that they are also considering tapping the Department of Engineering and Public Works’ budget this year and that of the City's calamity fund.

This will be over and above the P8 million that the City generated from its “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” campaign.


Rama said he will write Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and ask for funding for the rebuilding of a new CCMC.

The construction of a new CCMC is estimated to cost P1.5 billion.

Once the new hospital is up, delos Santos said the committee is planning to integrate the services of the Bureau of Fire Protection and the City Traffic Operations Management, which are situated nearby, to further improve the City's delivery of services.

In a related development, Dr. Shaun Espina of the CCMC Care Movement said they are recommending that the operation of the new city hospital be made semi-private.

Espina is a member of the ad hoc committee and was the one who helped design the new hospital.

When told about Espina’s proposal, Rama said he still has to discuss the matter with the ad hoc committee.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 07, 2014.

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