P-Noy asked to issue proclamation to segregate John Hay barangays

By: 
Aileen Refuerzo
Posted: 19-Aug-2011 / 2 years 35 weeks ago

            BAGUIO CITY – The city council and heads of the 13 barangays within the Camp John Hay reservation appealed to President Benigno S. Aquino III to issue a Presidential Proclamation for finally pave the way for the segregation of the barangays from the former military reservation.

            The city council last Monday approved the proposed resolution of Councilor Karminn Cheryl Dinney Yañgot for said purpose while the punong barangays also adopted a similar resolution last Thursday.

            Both resolutions stressed that it is high time that a proclamation for the segregation of barangays Camp 7, Country Club Village, Greenwater, Happy Hallow, Hillside, Loakan-Apugan, Loakan-Liwanag, Loakan Proper, Lower Dagsian, Lucnab, Military Cut-Off, Sta. Escolastica Village, and Upper Dagsian be issued considering the length of time that passed since the segregation was made as one of the conditions in the development of Camp John Hay.

“Almost 17 years had passed since the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Baguio adopted the 19 conditionalities in the formulation by the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) of the Master Development Plan for Club John Hay as embodied in Resolution No. 362, series of 1994,” the city council resolution noted.

 “The BCDA has apparently failed to comply with condition No. 14 of Resolution No. 362, series of 1994 considering that of the initial 14 barangays, only Scout Barrio has been segregated from the Camp John Hay reservation,” the city council added.

“This failure of the BCDA to comply with the said conditionality has left so many problems to the remaining affected barangays in terms of barangay development which also gives a negative effect to the tourism industry of the city as whole. Worthy and noble barangay projects like school buildings and other infrastructure projects could not be implemented, improvements being made by the residents for protection/safety reasons cannot be done because the clearance from BCDA, which usually takes a very long and tedious process must be sought. All affected barangays are occupied by Baguio City residents who have lived in the area since time immemorial, families of employees of the old John Hay Air Base administered by the Americans, and other bonafide residents,” the punong barangays lamented in their own resolution.

They said that the affected barangays are “geographically located outside” of the 246.9967 hectares of land leased out by the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) to the CJH Development Corporation.

The city council said, “all affected barangays are occupied by Baguio City residents who have lived in the area since time immemorial, families of employees of the old John Hay Air Base administered by the Americans, and other bonafide residents as may be certified by surveys conducted by BCDA’s subsidiary - John Hay Management Corporation(JHMC), formerly the John Hay Poro Point Development Corporation, and other government agencies.”

They said “the segregation of said barangays will directly impact on land ownership and security,employment,productivity,and general way of life of all residents living around the Camp John Hay reservation,and speak well of the government sincere intentions of keeping its commitments in the development of Camp John Hay,one of Baguio’s few remaining forest watersheds.”

“The BCDA claims that the JHMC Board of Directors have already endorsed this concern to Congress, which has reportedly approved the exclusion of the affected barangays from  the reservation, with the segregation of Scout Barrio as a test case,” the city council further said.

“There is a need to request his Excellency President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III President of the Republic of the Philippines, to segregate the (said) Baguio barangays from the Camp John Hay reservation,” the resolution said. – A Refuerzo

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