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Rama wants Mancao to head Cebu City hospital

Caecent No-ot Magsumbol - The Freeman
Rama wants Mancao to head Cebu City hospital
Cebu City Medical Center

CEBU, Philippines — A well-known heart surgeon has been eyed by Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to be the next medical director of Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

Rama announced during the flag ceremony at the city hall grounds that he wants Dr. Peter Mancao to lead the city hospital.

“Dr. Peter Mancao, hopefully, iya ning i-process iyang kaugalingon ready na ba gyud siya na mahimong medical director sa atoang umaabot na 10-floors (of CCMC),” said Rama.

Mancao has been helping the city government in the fight against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). He ran as city councilor under Rama’s ticket in the last elections but did not make it.

Rama said Mancao should not be worried as CCMC’s present hospital chief, Dr. Anton Reposar, and the rest of the team will still be around to assist him.

According to Rama, they have to be serious about improving CCMC now, especially since the City Hall is no longer spending to complete its construction.

“Kinahanglan seryoso ta, kay wala ra bay gasto ang City Hall…Humanon gyud nato ang napo ka floor diha sa CCMC,” said Rama.

Details of the continuation of the construction will be announced today. To recall, the old CCMC building was demolished in 2014 after a major earthquake hit Cebu City in 2013. Construction of the new building started in 2015 but has not been completed up to this time.

The project has been handled by various contractors until the last one agreed to mutually terminate its contract with the city government for failing to meet the deadline set by Rama.

The mayor decided to stop spending for the project and instead went on “begging” from corporate donors to help complete the project. It was announced earlier that several companies in Manila had pledged to help finish the project.

Rama has envisioned CCMC to be a “poor man’s hospital with a rich man’s services.” — FPL (FREEMAN)

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