Dysfunctional CCMC organization

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Monday, March 30, 2015


THE joke is that when a client loses his case, it is because he has a bad lawyer. If, on the other hand, a doctor loses his patient, it is because it is God’s will.

Another one: a lawyer’s mistake is visible through prison bars while that of the doctor is buried six feet under.

I’m sure that Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, a lawyer, has heard these jokes but I’m not certain if he intended a third one by appointing two people – a doctor and a lawyer, as you must have guessed -- to head the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

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It would be hard for Dr. Gloria Duterte to manage the CCMC alone, Rama explains, that’s why Atty. Rey Chris Panugaling has to be come in as co-pilot.

In the name of Judas the traitor, the CCMC is not even operating at full strength yet and it already needs a director for medical services and another one for administrative services?

Rama ally Councilor Gerry Carillo, who dreams of becoming a congressman, explains the unusual set-up this way: two heads are better than one.

Really, Gerry? As in Bebot Abellanosa and you representing the same Cebu City South district, one for male concerns and the other for female affairs, being better than only one of you taking care of both?

Is this really a case of “two heads being better than one” or of “too many cooks spoiling the broth”? Maverick Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos believes it is the latter. “The way I see it, now it has created confusion.”

She’s right, of course. But that does not necessarily endear her to her colleagues in Team Rama. In fact, she might just have signed her political divorce papers with her attack on the dysfunctional CCMC organization.

I spoke to a Team Rama original last week and he was confident that delos Santos was and still is one of them. “She continues to attend our party meetings,” he told me. “She has nothing against the mayor but she has a problem with (former councilors) Joey Daluz and Edu Rama.” Why, he did not explain.

Unfortunately for her, Daluz and Rama are two of the mayor’s favorites. If it comes down to a choice between her and the two, Rama will definitely favor the latter. But the way it looks now, the mayor doesn’t have to make a choice anymore because delos Santos has already made hers.

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The report that the Germanwings co-pilot, who intentionally crashed his plane, had bragged to his girlfriend that he would do something big that will make the world take notice and remember his name, is disturbing to air travelers. How many pilots and co-pilots possess the same warped “today a name, tomorrow a legend” mindset?

A psychological examination, even if done periodically, doesn’t appear to be a foolproof assurance of immunity from harm by a psychotic pilot. The airline has to take its results seriously. Andreas Lubitz had undergone psychiatric treatment, a fact that was apparently made known to the German airline, but he was still allowed to fly.

In fairness to our commercial Filipino pilots, we haven’t had any case of one of them deliberately crashing his aircraft. I pray that that day will never come. Let us also pray the moment we step inside the plane that God’s hand will guide whoever it is that is holding the wheels or however you call that contraption that the pilot uses while flying it.

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We’re now in the Holy Week and one of the concerns is what to eat that is in keeping with the spirit of its observance and where to buy them. I have a few suggestions:

Binignit at Foodarama; French baguette at Beehive, king’s roll at Julie’s, sweet corn at Gaisano Ayala and Japanese noodle soup at Fujinoya.

(frankotherside@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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