By GIOVANI JOY FONTANILLA | March 28 & 29, 2015
THE 19 conditionalities set under Resolution 362 must be honored.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan stressed there is no reason the 19 conditionalities will no longer be considered valid just because the contract between the Bases Conversion Development Authority and Camp John Hay Development Corporation has been rescinded.
This is in response to the statement made by BCDA Board chairman Silvestre Afable during a press conference on Monday who said, "We can theoretically say na wala na yang 19 conditionalities na yan.”
"It is not right to say the 19 conditionalities are invalid already since the contract between the BCDA and DevCo has been rescinded,” the mayor stressed.
"The rescision was due to their violations. The city [government] has nothing to do with it therefore conditionalities should still be honored," he added.
Domogan also called for the review of the 19 conditionalities to identify what provisions were violated, who committed violations and to quantify how much needs to be paid for the violations.
"Talagang we have to study it also to assert our rights with respect to the 19 conditionalities," Domogan noted.
The 19 conditionalities are contained in Resolution 362 series of 1994 setting rules and conditions governing the management of Camp John Hay.
Meanwhile, Domogan denied allegations made by BCDA president Arnel Casanova who said the mayor failed to help BCDA collect arrears from CJHDevCo. The chief executive highlighted the amicable settlement he and former Rep. Bernardo Vergara proposed to both parties in 2011.
CJHDevCo was then willing to pay BCDA on a staggered basis but the latter refused to accept the proposal and instead filed charges against the former.
Domogan stressed if only the BCDA accepted the proposal then, none of these issues would have propped up.
"Worst na nasakripisyo diyan ay yung development. Imbis sana na nakafocus tayo sa development that will produce additional income, that will produce employment, (and) that will improve the tourism of Baguio, wala na. (Kasi) talagang kaso kaso ang inatupag," he closed.