More than P300M supplemental budget proposed-A A +A
Friday, March 14, 2014
THE executive branch of the Cebu City Government proposed a supplemental budget of P325 million, its first for this year.
The proposal includes P300 million for the construction of a new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).
Although the proposal was submitted to the City Council secretary only yesterday, City Mayor Michael Rama asked the legislative body to conduct a special session on Monday to tackle it.
He said approval of supplemental budget (SB) 1 is “urgent.”
Acting City Treasurer Diwa Cuevas issued a certification that the City has P325,565,491 to fund SB 1.
The P300 million for the new CCMC will be taken from this year's construction services fund under the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW).
The remaining P25 million proposed under SB 1 are appropriations carried over from 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
It includes another P10 million for CCMC. The amount was appropriated in 2013 but was not released because the hospital building was damaged by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Oct. 15.
In 2011, the City wanted to appropriate P10.9 million for the renovation of CCMC and the purchase of some medical equipment.
The SB 1 also includes the proposed appropriation of P2 million for the City's burial assistance program; P6.5 million for the barangay fire auxiliary force; P11 million for personal services; and P1 million for the purchase of a vehicle to be used by the police for barangay monitoring.
The Cebu City Government wants to build a new city hospital, which is projected to cost P1 billion, because the old CCMC was declared unsafe after the Oct. 15 earthquake.
Patients and equipment had to be transferred to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 7 compound across the street on N. Bacalso Ave. Due to limited space, many patients had to be referred to private hospitals.
Cebu City’s sister-cities Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Harlemmermeer, The Netherlands; Xiamen, China donated funds in response to Rama’s fund-raising campaign. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, former mayor Alvin Garcia and some private companies also donated funds.
The old CCMC building is being demolished as the new hospital will be built on the lot. JGA/With PAC of Sun.Star Superbalita
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 15, 2014.