• BCDA warns public not to pay in advance to CJHDevCo

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    The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) warned the public that it will not honor any payments made to the Sobrepeña-led CJH Development Corp. (CJHDevCo), its subsidiaries and affiliates for advance bookings and reservations in Camp John Hay as it strongly advised the public to demand a refund.

    “It has come to our attention that customers may have paid CJHDevCo, its subsidiaries and affiliates advance payments for reservations and booking up to the year 2016 in The Manor Hotel, Forest Lodge, Camp John Hay Gold Club and other facilities,” said BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Paciano Casanova.

    He said the BCDA will not honor advance payments made to CJHDevCo, its subsidiaries and affiliates.

    Casanova said that at present, CJHDevCo has no authority to operate in the Camp John Hay because there is no longer an existing contract between BCDA and CJHDevCo and that CJHDevCo has not been issued a permit by the John Hay Management Corp. (JHMC).

    He explained that based on the Writ of Execution issued by the court, it will only be a matter of time before the BCDA takes full possession of CJHDevCo’s leased premises and properties.

    The confirmation of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 6 of Baguio on the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center Inc. (PDRCI) Arbitral Tribunal’s Final Award that orders the Sobrepeña-led CJHDevCo to vacate the leased premises and promptly deliver the leased property to BCDA, inclusive of all new constructions and permanent improvements introduced during the term of the lease, is final and executory.

    Casanova pointed out that what BCDA does not want to happen is for those who have paid CJHDevCo in advance, be left hanging because they paid an entity who does not have any legal basis or authority to fulfill its obligation to the customer.

    “Imagine paying CHJHDevCo in advance for a wedding reception in 2016 only to find out that it is BCDA who is operating the hotel by that time. Definitely, BCDA cannot honor the contract the customer made with CJHDevCo,” Casanova said.

    He said those who already paid in advance are advised to protect their investment and demand for a refund.

    PNA

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