If the Bases Conversion and Development Authority and the city government could not come to terms regarding compliance with the conditions governing the development of Camp John Hay, the city council said it might rescind the resolution that practically gave the city’s consent to the area’s development 14 years ago.
Moves to rescind Resolution 362, s. 1994 has been brought up anew after the city council passed a resolution asking the BCDA to allow the construction of a school building in Hillside, one of the 13 barangays located within the CJH reservation.
City Legal Officer Melchor Rabanes has been tasked to look into steps the city government can take to make the BCDA comply with the 19 conditions.
City and BCDA officials have recently taken opposing opinions regarding the collection of lease from Camp John Hay Development Corporation.
BCDA has recently rescinded its agreement with CJHDevCo, but city officials led by Rep. Bernardo Vergara and Mayor Mauricio Domogan suggested for an out-of-court settlement.
The legal tussle between the BCDA and CJHDevCo caught the city government in between, as it has not been receiving its share from the lease and operations of locators in CJH.
In a marginal note to the recent council resolution, Domogan said Resolution 146 s. 2013 has to be reworded and should contain the city’s issues about compliance to the 19 conditions.
“This must be reworded to the effect that the BCDA should implement and respect the 19 conditions and desist in continuing to interfere in areas like the school site in Hillside which it had agreed to be excluded from the John Hay reservation,” the mayor said in his marginal note.
A portion of Resolution 146 states, “the move by the BCDA (to stop the construction of additional classrooms) jeopardizes the tenure of the present government structures which are long existing even before they took over the management of CJH.”
“While this only covers in the meantime schools and day care centers, there is a fear that eventually this will cover all public structures including possibly the barangay hall, covered courts, other educational institutions and other government structures.”
The city council said it does not see the need for a usufruct agreement if BCDA will immediately cause the segregation of the barangays.