Baguio mayor says BCDA misinterprets agreement
By ALDWIN QUITASOL
BAGUIO CITY — City Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said it is sad to know that the officials of the Camp John Hay Management Committee-Bases Conversion and Development Authority (CJHMC-BCDA) are not following the provisions of the agreement between them and the city government.
Instead they are implementing their own interpretation of the 19 conditionalities agreed on with the city some two decades ago which can be contrary to the city’s interests.
Domogan said that it is true that the BCDA under the R.A. 7227 have their own building officials. But he said it is the old practice as agreed upon that any establishment or business will get the necessary building permit from the city building office.
He said that before businesses will operate inside John Hay, they should also first get a business permit from the city. “Ano ba naman ang konting amount na icocontribute nila sa city,” (what is it to them to contribute a small amount to the city) he added.
Also according to Domogan, the BCDA claims that under the 19th conditionality on the segregation of the 13 barangays within its area, they will segregate only those occupied. He added that BCDA is saying that they will be the one to dispose the open areas.
The city villages identified for segregation are Country Club Village, Camp 7, Hillside, Greenwater, Happy Hallow, Loakan-Apugan, Loakan Proper, Loakan-Liwanag, Lower Dagsian, Upper Dagsian, Lucnab, Military Cut-Off, and Sta. Escolastica Village.
He reminded the BCDA that there was no such provision stating the exclusion of the open areas in the conditionalities set by the city government in 1994 under City Council Resolution Numbered 362. He said the plan of BCDA is a violation of the resolution.
Domogan said that the BCDA officials led by their President in 1996 Victor Lim and the city government unanimously approved the agreement. He added that it was under the leadership of Cristina Corona that they started interpreting the 19 conditionalities in a different way.
Domogan in his weekly Ugnayang Panlungsod also urged JHMC-BCDA and the Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo) to stop quarreling and issuing press releases and statements and suing each other in the courts. He said they should instead sit down to settle their rift.
According to Domogan, payment of the city’s share from the reservation is delayed because of the ongoing battle between the two parties. He said it will be good for all concerned if the representatives of BCDA and CJHDevco go to the negotiating table and settle matters. # nordis.net