Less than a month left for CJHDevCo to vacate Camp John Hay

By , on April 22, 2015

Camp John Hay in Baguio City (campjohnhay.com)
Camp John Hay in Baguio City (campjohnhay.com)

MANILA — The Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo) now only have less than 30 days to vacate the premises of Camp John Hay after the Office of the Ex-Officio Sheriff of the First Judicial Region, Branch 6 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Baguio served a Notice to Vacate on Monday.

The Notice to Vacate is addressed to CJHDevCo and “all persons claiming rights under them” which refers to the sub-lessees.

The document ordered CJHDevCo and sub-lessees to voluntarily and peacefully vacate the Camp John Hay and turnover the possession to Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) within 30 days from the receipt of the notice.

It noted that “failure on your part to voluntary vacate the subject premises with the given period, the Office of the City Sheriff will enforce the Writ of Execution in accordance with the rules prescribed by law.”

“The fact that the sub-lessees are part of the Notice to Vacate confirms what the BCDA has been saying all along, that CJHDevCo is liable to the sub-lessees for damages that may be suffered from the non-performance of CJHDevCo’s obligations under the contract it has signed with the sub-lessees,” the BCDA explained.

After the Arbitral Tribunal has decided on the case on Camp John Hay in February, the BCDA has called on businesses inside the former US military base that has transacted with CJHDevCo to coordinate with BCDA to assess their relation with CJHDevCo for orderly transition.

“It simply means that only CJHDevCo is liable to the sub-lessees and the sub-lessees should lay claim to the Php1.4 billion that BCDA will be returning to CJHDevCo as part of the Writ of Execution,” BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said.

In a previous press briefing, the John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) mentioned that there are 118 business establishments, 85 residential structures, and a total of 384 hotel rooms inside the Camp John Hay with 75 percent of them sub-leasing to CJHDevCo.

Meanwhile, the BCDA said it has deposited Php1.42 billion after the RTC Branch 6 in Baguio confirmed part of Philippine Dispute Resolution Center Inc. (PDRCI) award to return to CJHDevCo the amount which the CJHDevCo paid to the BCDA as lease payments.