Cebu City Medical Center construction resumes

Cebu City Medical Center construction resumes

15 September 2016

THE construction of the new Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) building resumed yesterday, three months after its civil works were suspended due to the lack of a building permit.

Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos said the contractor had already complied with requirements to secure one.

Last June, the Office of the Building Official (OBO) ordered the temporary suspension of the construction after the processing of the building permit was also put on hold.

The building permit was not processed because the ownership of a portion of the 4,000-square-meter lot where the 10-story hospital will rise has yet to be established.

Time well spent

“The temporary suspension (of the construction of the project) was well spent. The contractor corrected the apparent flaws and addressed the important concerns, which will affect CCMC during its operation,” delos Santos said.

Delos Santos was appointed by Mayor Tomas Osmeña as deputy mayor for hospital services and has been monitoring the project.

The councilor said OBO is about to issue the building permit but the contractor was already given the go-signal to resume works.

With the three-month delay in construction, delos Santos said the contractor, Manila-based firm C.E. Padilla Construction, has to work triple time to meet the 2017 completion deadline.

As planned, the first phase of the proposed 10-story hospital is expected to be completed in April 2017.

Standard quality

The first phase of the project alone, which includes the foundation and structural frames, has an approved budget of P600 million.

The entire hospital will cost the City P1.5 billion.

The councilor said they are making sure the building will still be of standard quality that can withstand any calamity, despite the contractor working triple time.

“The structural stability of the building is very important things and that’s the reason why there was a delay because we really did due diligence to that. The designers were summoned, including the structural engineer, plumbing, electrical, mechanical engineers, to check… the lifeline structure of the building,” she added.

The City Government began building the new hospital after the old CCMC building was demolished after it was severely damaged by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in October 2013.

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