BAGUIO CITY – The city government will bid out the operation, maintenance and security of the Asin Hot Spring Resort in Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan last week created a special committee on awards to administer the bidding process for the city-owned resort.
City administrator Carlos Canilao will chair the committee with city budget officer Leticia Clemente, general services officer Romeo Concio, city accountant Antonio Tabin and officer-in-charge city legal officer Melchor Carlos Rabanes as members.
In Administrative Order No. 129 series of 2016, the mayor directed the committee to convene immediately to carry out the bidding procedures for the city to recover the property and turn into an income-generating asset.
He recalled that the resort which sits on a 4,344.23 square meter property of the city was leased to spouses Catbagan for 20 years or until 1996. Catbagan sub-leased it to former manager Roger Sinot sometime in 1993.
“In June 3, 2002, Mr. Sinot entered into a Contract of Lease with the City Government for the period of 15 years with a monthly rental of P3,000. The Contract of Lease was not confirmed by the Sangguaniang Panlungsod,” the mayor noted.
“Supreme Court Decision No. G.R. 204667 dated June 10, 2013 affirming the Court of Appeals (CA) Decision and Resolution in CA-G.R. SP 121692 ordering Mr. Roger Sinot to immediately vacate the Asin Hot Spring Resort and pay P5,000 monthly rental for the use and occupation thereof from December 1996 until he shall have finally vacated the same;”
“To date, MR. SInot is still operating the said resort despite several demands for him to vacate the subject area without mentioning the supposedly rental fees to be remitted or paid to the City of Baguio,” the mayor noted./Aileen P. Refuerzo