CJHDevCo Ordered to Vacate Camp John Hay
May 2, 2015
BAGUIO CITY — The Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo) was ordered to vacate the Camp John Hay premises by a local court in Baguio City earlier this month.
At 4:00PM on April 20, the Office of the Ex-Officio Sheriff of the First Judicial Region, Branch 6 of the Regional Trial Court in Baguio City, served the notice against CJHDevCo to vacate the former American base.
“You are hereby notified to voluntary/peacefully vacate the premises subject matter of the above entitled case and surrender/turn over the possession thereof to the respondent BCDA within 30 days from receipt of this notice,” the notice signed by Linda Montes-Loloy, Clerk of Court and Ex-Officio Sheriff, and Sheriff Bobby Galano, read.
It further stated that failure of CJHDevCo to voluntarily vacate Camp John Hay premises within the given period mandates the city sheriff to implement the court order.
The notice follows the RTC order for CJHDevCo to vacate Camp John Hay in Baguio City and return the property to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).
In a ruling last March 27, the court’s presiding judge, Cecilia Corazon Dulay Archog, confirmed the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center(PDRCI).ruling returning possession of John Hay to the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA).
The BCDA is also ordered to pay back P1.42 billion (32.1 million) in rentals to CJHDevCo as confirmed by Judge Archog.
BCDA claims that CJHDevCo’s arrears have ballooned to P3.024 billion over the past 16 years but the latest RTC decision stated that CJHDevCo “is hereby declared as not liable for any unpaid back rent”.
Meanwhile, the city government of Baguio is still looking on how not to loss the development funds owed to the city on the case between the BCDA and the CJHDevCo.
Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the city government will have nothing to collect from its rightful share of rentals in the former US recreational facility with the PDRCI ruling.
The city government is entitled to a 25% share from the lease-rentals of CJHDevCo which, Domogan said, is needed to fund local projects that cannot be accommodated in its P412 million-Internal Revenue Allotment./RMC- PIA CAR