'Camp John Hay will be better after Sobrepena group leaves'

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Posted at Mar 04 2015 11:58 AM | Updated as of Mar 04 2015 08:00 PM

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MANILA, Philippines - The Bases Conversion and Development Authority says Camp John Hay will be better after the Sobrepena group leaves, generating more jobs and revenue for the local government.

An arbitration court last month ruled that the Sobrepena group should leave Camp John Hay for failure to pay rent to BCDA, though the BCDA should refund the group P1.4 billion for building The Manor and other facilities.

In an interview on ANC's Headstart, BCDA president Arnel Casanova indicated the government will probably bid out the camp to a new and better operator.

"We assure the public that we will develop it much better, protect the environment, nurture a sustainable development, and be transparent in the business," he said.

Casanova said this should mean more revenue for the national and local governments, and more jobs.

"We could earn billions from that property. Now, you see robust business, particularly BPOs, Convergys is right there. Thousands of jobs created. It's not just the business growing, but employment," he said.

He reiterated his allegations that Sobrepena refused to show BCDA the sub-leases he signed on hotel rooms, log cabins and commercial units, and that there are now ownership issues revolving around some of those properties.

"What he's trying to do is collect P1.4 billion, then leave the buyers hanging. When in fact the buyer should be claiming refund from him because these people bought from him," Casnova said.

ANC reached out to Sobrepena but has not received a reply. - ANC