JHMC re­minded on seg­re­ga­tion of 13 barangays

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BAGUIO City Mayor Mauri­cio Do­mo­gan wants the John Hay Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (JHMC), a sub­sidiary of the State-owned Bases Con­ver­sion and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (BCDA), to up­date the lo­cal gov­ern­ment on the sta­tus of the long over­due seg­re­ga­tion of the thir­teen barangays within the 680hectare Camp john Hay for­est reser­va­tion.

The lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tive is seek­ing a meet­ing with JHMC of­fi­cials in the com­ing days to get their com­mit­ments on whether or not the agency is in­clined to pur­sue the seg­re­ga­tion of the 13 barangays pur­suant to con­di­tion No. 14 of Res­o­lu­tion No. 362, se­ries of 1994 which pro­vided for the 19 con­di­tions im­posed by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment for the de­vel­op­ment of the 247-hectare John Hay Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone (JHSEZ).

“We want to sched­ule a meet­ing with JHMC of­fi­cials to be up­dated on what are the ac­tiv­i­ties done to re­al­ize the seg­re­ga­tion of the thir­teen barangays lo­cated within the Camp John Hay reser­va­tion be­cause we never heard about what is be­ing done about it,” Do­mo­gan stressed.

He ex­plained the seg­re­ga­tion of the 13

barangays has been one of the con­di­tions that must be com­plied by the BCDA and the JHMC but it seems that the process has been too te­dious that for over a decade now, res­i­dents in the said barangays have yet to re­al­ize the ben­e­fits of the seg­re­ga­tion of the barangays from the reser­va­tion.

Do­mo­gan added the lo­cal gov­ern­ment must be well in­formed on what is be­ing done to put a fi­nal rest on the is­sue and for res­i­dents to be able to have their prop­er­ties ti­tled in their name.

The city ex­ec­u­tive ex­plained the sur­vey of the metes and bounds of the barangays to be seg­re­gated was al­ready com­pleted and the only thing to be done by the BCDA is to pro­ceed with the seg­re­ga­tion of the barangays from the reser­va­tion for the res­i­dents to be able to process the ti­tling of the prop­er­ties that they were able to put up in the area through the years.

It can be re­called that the for­mer lo­cal leg­isla­tive body passed Res­o­lu­tion No. 362, se­ries of 1994 which out­lined the 19 con­di­tions im­posed by the lo­cal gov­ern­ment for the de­vel­op­ment of the for­mer Amer­i­can rest and recre­ation cen­ter wherein con­di­tion No. 14 states that the 14 barangays within the Camp John Hay for­est reser­va­tion should be seg­re­gated.

Do­mo­gan ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment that sev­eral ad­min­is­tra­tions had passed with the com­mit­ment to com­ply with the im­posed con­di­tions but the seg­re­ga­tion of the barangays from the reser­va­tion has never been ful­filled be­cause of the dif­fer­ent ap­proaches be­ing em­braced by the BCDA and JHMC of­fi­cials who are ap­pointed to the said po­si­tions.

The mayor em­pha­sized BCDA and JHMC to seg­re­gate the barangays, in­clud­ing the open spa­ces, and what­ever con­di­tions to main­tain the open spa­ces and the for- ested ar­eas will be re­spected con­sid­er­ing that one of the pri­or­ity pro­grams of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment is for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ac­tiv­i­ties that will en­hance the green­ery of the re­main­ing for­est cover in the city and for the pos­si­ble in­crease in the for­est cover to al­low the en­vi­ron­ment to cope with the rapid in­crease in pop­u­la­tion.

Do­mo­gan re­mains pos­i­tive the lo­cal gov­ern­ment and JHMC will be able to reach an agree­ment on how to pro­ceed with the seg­re­ga­tion of the 13 barangays from the Camp John Hay reser­va­tion for the ben­e­fit of the res­i­dents in the said places. Dex­ter See

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