Cebu City gets funds to build new hospital

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

TWO of Cebu City's sister-cities have offered assistance to super typhoon Yolanda survivors and in building a new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Haarlemmermeer City in the Netherlands, through Mayor Theo Weterings, recently wrote Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to offer financial help.

In his two-page letter, Weterings said his government, through the Vereniging Haarlemmermeer Cebu (VHC), will donate 50,000 euros (P3 million).


The amount, Weterings said, will be used to provide food, shelter and medicines to Yolanda survivors in northern Cebu and those in Eastern Visayas who evacuated to Cebu City.

Weterings said the fund will be coursed through the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation and the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation.

Last November, Weterings told Rama that Haarlemmermeer will add 50,000 euros or P3 million to the amount raised through the VHC.

Weterings informed Rama that Dutch publishing house, HDC Media, started a fundraising campaign for the CCMC.

Weterings did not say, though, how much has been raised so far.

Cebu City plans to build a new city hospital as the existing CCMC has been declared unsafe following a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.

Xiamen, China will also donate P600,000 for the new CCMC.

Rama, in his regular news conference yesterday, said the Cebu City Government has given Xiamen officials its bank account number so the local government of the Chinese city can deposit the donation.

The mayor said he is thankful for all the assistance extended to City Hall.

Cebu City has 20 sister-cities.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 22, 2014.

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