By Eddie O. Barrita
CEBU CITY, July 3 (PNA) — The Cebu City government has set the groundbreaking for the new building of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) on Saturday, July 4, an official said.
Cebu City Administrator Dr. Lucelle Mercado said the groundbreaking will mark the start of the construction of the new 10-story hospital estimated to cost around PHP1.6 billion.
The new building will rise on the lot along N. Bacalso Avenue, Cebu City, where the old CCMC building once stood.
The old CCMC building, which was destroyed by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Oct. 15, 2013, was torn down to give way to the new building.
The CCMC is now temporarily housed at the nearby Bureau of Fire Protection 7 building.
The PHP600-million first phase of the CCMC was earlier awarded to Manila-based contractor CE Padilla.
CE Padilla gave the lowest bid of PHP514.97 million for the project during the opening of bids last June 18.
Cebu City Engineer Jose Marie Poblete, who also heads the special bids and awards committee (BAC) for CCMC, said actual civil works are expected to start within the month.
Poblete said the PHP600-million first phase covers the foundation, structural frames and ten floors of the building.
The contractor is given around one year and nine months to complete the first phase of the project. (PNA)