• No trees to be cut inside Camp John Hay

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    BAGUIO CITY: John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) would continue to protect the forest even if it plans to build more hotels and structures in the area.

    JHMC President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jamie Eloise Agbayani, speaking at the Kapihan sa Baguio forum on Wednesday, said no trees would be cut even with the planned development of Camp John Hay.

    This year, Agbayani said the JHMC would bid out other infrastructure projects within the area. At least 10 hectares of the 20-hectare area will be used for this purpose.

    “We take this very seriously and will continue to implement programs to protect the forest and the environment,” she said.

    During her administration, Agbayani said they have not issued tree-cutting permits to anyone. Agbayani was appointed in 2010.

    She disclosed that out of the 625-hectare area of Camp John Hay, 301 hectares are considered special economic zones of which 40 hectares would be developed. The remaining 324 hectares make up the John Hay Reservation Area where 13 barangays are located.

    Agbayani said the JHMC also has programs for climate change and the environment, such as Executive Order 23 that mandates regular tree planting activities in the area.

    The JHMC and Benguet State University have collaborated to stop pests and save pine trees.

    Meanwhile, Agbayani stressed that the air quality inside Camp John Hay is also being monitored regularly with the help of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Management Bureau.

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