DENR denies BCDA patent application

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan recently lauded the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Cordillera for taking the cudgels for the city government in denying the application of the Bases Conversion Development Authority for special patent over Camp John Hay.

“We are very thankful to DENR-CAR Regional Executive Director Paquito Moreno Jr. for taking the lead to inform the Land Management Bureau of these conditionalities and these conditionalities should not be violated and instead should be complied with,” he said.

The mayor took to task BCDA for the special patent application made under the nose of the city government.

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“It’s good that the DENR-CAR made that stand because if not and Camp John Hay is patented, then the city will lose its right over John Hay and they will have full control over it. Perhaps that’s what they want to achieve so they themselves could sell the lots within the camp,” the mayor said.

With DENR-CAR’s intervention, the mayor said the LMB will not be able to facilitate the requirements for the special patent application.

The mayor said the patent application is the latest in a string of surreptitious acts of the BCDA in blatant disregard of the city and its conditionalities following its application for rights over the water sources of three barangays inside the camp, the alleged extension of the contract of lease to the Ayala company for 75 years and a string of other underhanded moves.

“We are really saddened. It’s very unfortunate that they are doing this to the city. They, who claim to be our partners in development,” he lamented.

The mayor also took exception from BCDA’s statement, making it appear the city was not cooperating in the bid to collect the unpaid shares from the Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo).

He said it was a fact the city made efforts for both the BCDA and the CJHDevCo to achieve amicable settlement which the city mayor even brought up in a meeting with the executives of both parties but it was not heeded.

“Instead, they went to court and the matter is now subject to arbitration where the same process of settlement as we have suggested is now being done,” the mayor said.

He said BCDA should stop making unfounded statements against the city and instead answer the city’s questions and claims as to its continued violation of the conditionalities particularly its refusal to allow its locators to secure building and business permits from the city government, its failure to provide its own water source, segregate the 13 barangays from the reservation and remit the city’s shares from the lease rentals under the present administration.

The mayor said despite BCDA’s continued disregard of the city and the conditionalities, the city still supports the BCDA.

“We support BCDA and we want to be partners with them. We continue to appeal to them to rectify these violations. What we want is simple: follow the conditionalities, nothing more,” the mayor said. (Aileen Refuerzo)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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