By Louella D. Desiderio (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 23, 2015 - 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines - The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is calling on Camp John Hay Development Corp. (CJHDevCo) to abide by the Notice to Vacate Camp John Hay issued by the Regional Trial Court of Baguio.
According to BCDA president and chief executive officer Arnel Paciano Casanova, CJHDevCo should respect the rule of law and comply with the notice which was served on Monday.
“The arbitration was a process that CJHDevCo forced BCDA to participate in. Now that the court has spoken, they should follow the rule of law and vacate Camp John Hay,” he said.
He said sub-lessees of CJHDevCo are also advised to seek legal counsel to protect their investment in Camp John Hay as they are covered by the notice to vacate the property.
With the notice served, CJHDevCo is given 30 days to leave Camp John Hay and to promptly deliver the leased property, inclusive of all new constructions and permanent improvements to the BCDA.
Should CJHDevCo fail to comply with the notice within the prescribed period, a Writ of Execution – a court order to enforce a judgment by levying on real or personal property of the debtor – would be given as provided by law.
The notice was issued following the decision of the arbitration committee under the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center Inc. (PDRCI) ordering CJHDevCo to vacate the Camp John Hay and return the property to BCDA.
The BCDA, meanwhile, has been ordered by the arbitration committee to give back to CJHDevCo lease payments worth P1.42 billion.
The PDRCI issued the decision as both parties have concerns under the agreement entered into.
In 1996, BCDA entered into a lease agreement for a portion of the John Hay Special Economic Zone with CJHDevCo for 25 years.
While the lease agreement is only for 25 years, CJHDevCo sold 50-year leases to sub-lessees.
The BCDA, meanwhile, has been found to be in breach for among others, failing to set up the One Stop Action Center to issue national and local permits to enable CJHDevCo to develop the Camp similar to those established in the Subic and Clark Economic Zones