Villages advised to junk John Hay segregation-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
MAYOR Mauricio Domogan advised villages forming part of the John Hay reservation to disapprove the segregation initiated by authorities saying it violates the 19 conditions set by the City Government in 1994.
Domogan said it is clear in the 19 conditions approved by the City Council in 1994 that segregation will not only be in occupied areas in the barangays but the entire land area of villages of the Camp John Hay reservation.
Banking on the words of former John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) president Cristina Corona, the mayor understood the Bases Conversion Development Authority and JHMC will only segregate occupied areas of the 13 barangays.
The same issue, he said, is being brought out by the current administration of JHMC where only occupied areas of the barangays will be segregated.
He said this is not what is stated in the 19 conditions claiming segregation applies to all areas covered by the villages that are part of the Camp John Hay reservation.
He also stressed it is not the obligation of JHMC to conduct the survey process since it was already conducted by the city.
Other issues by the City Government with the JHMC includes the issuance of occupancy and building permits inside the special economic zone, which the mayor said is not being honored by the current estate manager of the former American military base.
JHMC is also questioning why the city is collecting business taxes from locators inside the John Hay Special Economic Zone to which the mayor answered, these establishments are obliged to pay these taxes since the JHSEZ is still part of Baguio.
The City Government, he said, does not abandon its current stand on the ongoing impasse in negotiations between BCDA and JHMC and its lessee Camp John Hay Development Corporation.
As much as the city wants to collect its 25 percent share in the P3 billion unpaid balance of CJHDevCo, the mayor said it still maintains its stand that both parties should sit down, talk and account their unpaid balances.
This way a speedier payment of shares will be accessed by the City Government, he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 04, 2012.