New CCMC gets additional P1M

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

ONE of Cebu City’s sister-cities, Haarlemmermeer in the Netherlands, has donated P1 million to the City Government yesterday for the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

This increased to more than P15 million the total amount the City Government has raised for its “Piso Mo, Hospital Ko” fund drive.

The campaign was launched last October after Cebu was hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. The quake severely damaged the old CCMC.


The old CCMC has been demolished and a new facility, which is expected to cost P1.3 billion, will rise on the same site on N. Bacalso Ave.

In an interview yesterday, Henk Koning of Haarlemmermeer said they decided to help the City in its project to build a new hospital, considering that their municipality has a
20-year, sister-city relationship with Cebu City.

Ongoing fundraising

Koning said the amount they gave came from fund-raising activities they conducted in Haarlemmermeer, particularly in government, schools, and churches among many others.

Koning said they want the City to use the P1 million to buy medicine and equipment for the new hospital.

He said Haarlemmermeer will donate more funds soon, considering that their fund-raising activity is still ongoing.

The additional amount that will be raised will be used to help the City in the construction of the hospital building, he said.

Koning and other Haarlemmermeer officials turned over the P1 million to Mayor Michael Rama yesterday.

Aside from helping the City with the new hospital, Koning said they will visit the Guba Hospital in the mountain barangay to determine what help they can extend to improve the services and operation of the facility.

Of Cebu City’s 10 sister-cities, Haarlemmermeer is the third to help in the construction of the new CCMC. The other two are Kaohsiung City in Taiwan and Xiamen in China.

Hotel donation

Also at City Hall yesterday, Hotel Elizabeth donated P66,797 to the City for the project. The amount was raised by the hotel through a fun run it organized last November.

Rama, when sought for comment, said he is thankful for all the donations that continue to pour in.

“I am proud of this project because this has brought oneness and togetherness,” he said.

The City is placing all donations in a trust fund.

Meanwhile, the CCMC management opposed the plan to renew the contract of One Citilink Terminal to operate along N. Bacalso Ave.

Dr. Gloria Duterte, CCMC chief, said the City needs to be accredited by the Department of Health before it can proceed with the construction of the new CCMC.

One of the requirements for accreditation, she said, provides that “a hospital and other health facilities shall be so located that it is readily accessible to the community and reasonably free from undue noise, smoke and dust,” among many others.

City Administrator Dr. Lucelle Mercado, who heads the Accreditation Committee for Terminal Accreditation, already wrote Albert Lim, president of One Citilink, and asked him to submit a written comment on Duterte’s letter.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 11, 2014.

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