‘Win-win solution’ meet sought to resolve John Hay impasse

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BAGUIO CITY : MAYOR Mauricio Domogan should call for a high-level meeting among all stakeholders to achieve a “win-win solution” on various issues hounding the John Hay management and the city government.

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Councilor Faustino Olowan made the suggestion as he urged Domogan to convene a multi-party dialogue instead of just inviting the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president and chief executive officer Arnel Paciano Casanova and John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC) president and chief executive officer Jamie Eloise Agbayani to clarify
the issues.

Olowan was referring to the complaints of the heads of barangays located in the Camp John Hay reservation who are against the plan of John Hay to apply for water rights and control the residents’ current water source.

Punong barangay Magdalena Lambac of Greenwater Village said JHMC’s move was both “appalling and disgusting”.

“They did not only comply with the segregation of our barangay now they also want to get our water source,” she lamented.

Barangay Captain Ferdinance Bucad of Hillside said they feel “oppressed and harassed” by BCDA and JHMC’s actions, which according to him they did not experience during the time when the Americans were still occupying the former military facility.

“During that time, the barangays were treated as partners and allies but now the BCDA and JHMC who are supposed to be our guardians and supporters are the ones oppressing and harassing us.  They are not pro-community,” he said.

He said JHMC and BCDA should stop “grabbing” their water sources and order their security men to stop terrorizing their peaceful community.

Barangay Captain Soriano Palunan of Happy Hallow also decried BCDA and JHMC’s continued opposition to their application for ancestral domain title that he said even the city recognizes.

“If we get our acts together, I believe that we will find a solution to these problems,” Olowan said.

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