Businesses to CJHDevCo: Vacate Camp John Hay now
MANILA, Philippines – Businesses and locators in Camp John Hay urged the Camp John Hay Development Corporation (CJHDevCo) to abide by the court-issued eviction order to pave the way for an orderly transition inside the facility.
Ma Teresa Pantaleon, president of the John Hay Business Club (JHBC), said Thursday, April 23, that her group wants CJHDevCo to respect the court order and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to ensure an orderly transition.
"It’s important that we are united and we want a smooth transition," Pantaleon said, adding that JHBC respects the court decision.
JHBC members include hotels like Manor and Le Monet, the Ayala Technohub, homeowners, service providers, and several commercial establishments.
"John Hay has so much potential and [development efforts] will be better without CJHDevco," Pantaleon said. She added that with the right business partner, “John Hay would have been a much better place [for investments] than it is right now.”
The court's notice of eviction is seen as a prelude to an end to the long-running legal tussle between CJHDevCo and the BCDA.
On April 20, the Office of the Ex-Officio Sheriff of the First Judicial Region, Branch 6 of the Regional Trial Court in Baguio City served a notice against CJHDevCo and "all persons claiming rights under them" to vacate the premises of Camp John Hay.
The notice also ordered CJHDevCo to promptly deliver the leased property, inclusive of all new constructions and permanent improvements, to the BCDA within 30 days upon receipt of the notice.
BCDA said the sub-lessees are part of the notice to vacate, thus CJHDevCo should be held liable to these sub-lessees for damages. – Rappler.com