The BCDA and CJHDevCo are presently involved in an ugly word and legal conflict and engaging in another discord this time involving the city government would be onerous for all concerned. It’s the BCDA who reclaim the camp against CJHDevCo which was nearing its finalization. And, the Baguio City government was in the position to claim its worth.
Baguio City Mayor Domogan called a meeting for the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) President Arnel Paciano Casanova and John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) President Jamie Eloise Agbayani to clear out things under the agreement, known as “19 conditions” that set-forth along with the management of Camp John Hay.
The mayor was hoping that these bodies will continue to respect our authority and recognize the conditions which were approved by the BCDA board and recognized by the previous BCDA officials. Because they showed their disregard for the conditionalities when they recently questioned the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO)’s authority to enforce the building and occupancy permit requirements on new constructions within the John Hay Special Economic Zone. It includes the fact that the complete plans and specifications of the master development plan necessitated the city building officials’ approval were the reasons by the city maintains its stand that building permits for constructions within John Hay should be secured from the city.
It’s time for Mayor Domogan to pursue these 19 conditions as far as it will materialize for the good of the residents. It’s also a fact, that the whole of Baguio City are claiming their share for CJHDevCo and BCDA which never happened because of the long legal battle between them.
The final cut for BCDA couldn’t give much as to the standing of the city government and its people. It’s the BCDA President who was adamant in making this to happen. For sure, Arnel Casanova could devise another plan for this agreement with the Baguio City government.
The City Government of Baguio cannot surrender its powers and authority granted by its Charter and the clear provisions of the Local Government… to govern and regulate business establishments within its territorial jurisdiction, Camp John Hay included, to protect and promote the general welfare.
Likewise, Mr. Casanova will make his moves to another level in getting the confidence of the Baguio City Mayor in performing his tactics. The continuing legal battle maybe extended for this purpose. The willingness of the Mayor to claim what’s right for them could be the opening arena of Camp John Hay.