Cebu City officials: CCMC, in a state of utter neglect

It is surprising to hear reports that Cebu City officials was surprised with what they saw in Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) during their surprise visit to the controversial hospital last Friday (January 9, 2009).

I was equally surprised when I read reports about the surprise visit because what they saw was not really very surprising.

I was surprised as if I were in CCMC seeing prominent and honorable city leaders taking a look on one of the city problems that long been neglected. At least now with Acting Mayor Michael Rama, city’s ‘little annoying problems’ (little, really?) are being talked about seriously.

Of course city’s folks also want to know what Cebu City officials are thinking about problems other than the talk of promising prospects of South Road Properties (SRP) that has been idle for quite a long time.

In Sun Star report, Acting Vice Mayor Hilario Davide III was quoted saying, it’s  (CCMC) in such a sorry state. We had a tour of the entire hospital and we all saw na hugaw gyud kaayo ang CCMC (It’s really dirty). It really needs our attention. It’s in a state of utter neglect and kinahanglan gyud limpyohan (It needs cleaning).

The city officials noticed the poor ventilation, the dirt, the patients in sorry desperate situation, among others. Shouldn’t the Queen City of the South prioritize health and provide quality medical service to her taxpayers that give a share to pay the big Yen loan?

If you can’t fix it, sell it!

Several months ago, Mayor Tomas Osmena was contemplating of selling CCMC with his great frustration to CCMC’s reportedly frustrating services.

Despite of CCMC’s known kind of service, city folks still parade to get an experience of being treated. Undeniably, most patients in CCMC are less fortunate. When a private CCMC have improved service, can the less fortunate still be served?

Instead of putting all blames to CCMC officials, City officials must take also its responsibilty of it. After all, the City officials are actually part of culprits.

Let us be excited to the bright prospects of CCMC as the City officials and stepping into addressing the long neglected problems. Let us be excited the same way as we are excited of the promises of SRP.

Should we be surprised if City officials once again go out from their multi-million office building and tour the city’s backyard? I will not be surprised if the City officials get surprised with the city’s garbage problem. Will the smell still surprising?

Why not? After all, life is full of surprises.

6 thoughts on “Cebu City officials: CCMC, in a state of utter neglect

  1. hi sir! i knew about the surprise visit through J.Mercado’s column on sun.star and laughed at his remark: “No kidding? And all this time your Honors really didn’t know?”

    but it was a bitter laugh. neglect has already become a culture, primarily in the government, but needless to say, in the society too as a whole. so here comes tsk tsk tsk again.

  2. I find it funny how those bastards got the nerve to utter these words in front of the media. Well, 2010 is coming..

    I guess they’ll start raising money for the rehabilitation of CCMC but 25-50% of it will go to their…uh oh, 2010 is coming……

    Batang Buotan says: Funny, because it is only this time that they know about it. That problem has been there for long. So is it really surprising? It is surprising if the city official did something before to solve the problem and later discovered that their solution was not implemented.

    OT: bai, hehehe… diri nalang ko mamalbal ha.. wala na jud ko ka wiris-wiris sa akong payag… busy na ko pirmi.. nidalikyat lang ko diri.. wla na ko sa nestle, AIU na ko..🙂

    Bai, I’m glad you’re back! Mibalhin na sab ko company pero nia gihapon ko sa Sugbo. Keep in touch!

  3. Wala pa mo maanad anang Mayor Tomas Osmena?A lot of talk, and really loves to bask in the limelight..Loves political shows and dirty talk..That is evident when you try to see with your eyes the city’s infrastructures…unpaved and dilapidated roads, garbage all over, clogged drainage systems, very chaotic downtown, the carbon market and its surroundings, go to inayawan, mambaling, quiot,bulacao, ermita, pasil, north reclamation area, carreta, ponce, tejero, barrio luz…see the indiscriminate neglect of the city?how about seeing vendors all over?and not to mention the very subjective and choosy implementation of city ordinances..the mayor just picks somebody to sort of implement a certain ordinance, just to show sunstar, freeman, and cebu daily news that he has the political will..owww what a political will..but try to monitor tommy’s ways..there is clearly no continuity in his ways because as the issues naturally die down, then end of the show….oh sorry fans of Tommy Osmena but that’s how I see things…

    Batang Buotan says: Hahaha. It seems I’m reading the Emperor’s New Clothes here. True, only few can tell what and who Tomas is. Because of fear. The honorable men around him seemingly became lame and cant say what want and what they see. They need to say and see what tomas sees and says.

  4. Was the sorry state of the CCMC really that surprising? Then again, I don’t think any of them had ever admitted themselves to the CCMC.

    I really think privatizing the CCMC would work for the better interest of everyone. It leads to a more competent service, which will lead to better healthcare. But it should at least be somewhat less expensive, like the VCMC (formerly the gov’t-owned Cebu Community Hospital).

  5. will if you really want to know the real situation of ccmc, try to be a volunteer, at least for 6 months, then you will see…
    you can give your judgment…

    do you think privatizing would really work?
    do you know how many unfortunate, disadvantaged people benefit from that hospital despite the poor services?
    do you think those unfortunate, disadvantaged people can really afford private hospital?
    do you know the services and programs for those people?

    i am not taking the side of ccmc. i want you to examine and see the situation, condition of those people who cannot afford to go to a private hospital and prefer a government hospital.

    you want CHANGE? i want CHANGE too!
    be a volunteer of that hospital.
    then you will see.

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