Domogan: No compromise-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Mayor Mauricio Domogan maintained the City Government's stand on the immediate segregation of 13 barangays inside the Camp John Hay reservation must be undertaken by the Bases Conversion Development Authority based on the conditions set by the city prior to their takeover in 1992.
Domogan, however, stressed they are still on a negotiating approach with the Bases Conversion Development Authority to segregate the barangays in its entirety and not only occupied areas which form part of the reservation.
But the mayor stressed once BCDA and its estate manager in the former American base, John Hay Management Corporation, cannot agree with the segregation scheme stipulated by the 19 conditions set, the city government will eventually file a case of specific performance against the government firms.
Domogan explained condition No. 14 set then by the City Council is clear and specifies segregation of the 13 barangays must be conducted by the firm from the Camp John Hay reservation and was approved by the BCDA board at that time.
But more than 20 years since the transfer of Camp John Hay to the BCDA, he said the segregation of the villages has not arrived and only Scout Barrio has started the segregation process.
He stressed, however, the city appreciates the BCDA’s recent move to conduct a structure, utility and relocation survey with a funding of more than P1 million to finally determine the metes and bounds of the villages.
BCDA, meanwhile, according to John Hay Management Corporation president Jamie Agbayani said they are committed to uphold the 19 conditions especially the segregation of the villages.
However, BCDA in its earlier pronouncement according to its president Arnel Casanova, stressed they have to ensure the lands to be segregated are occupied by legitimate landowners and not informal settlers. He also maintained they will have to only segregate occupied areas.
The firm also had fallout in its six month long talks with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples on the status of segregating Barangays Happy Hallow and Camp 7.
The NCIP maintains its stand that the rightful owners of lands in the two barangays belong to the IP communities.
But Casanova last month said they will renegotiate with the NCIP to finally settle their issues on questionable ancestral land claims.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 04, 2013.