BAGUIO CITY (June 24, 2020) – Former US rest and recreation facility Camp John Hay was asked to open up for the city’s elderlies and their grand children on Sundays.
Mayor Benjie Magalong has requested Bases Conversion Development Authority-John Hay Management Corporation (BCDA-JHMC) to open leisure spots at the former American base every Sunday specifically for senior citizens and children though still subject to established health and safety protocols against Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The mayor indicated that the BCDA-JHMC officials had welcomed the idea and laid out plans but formal approval has to come from the governing body of the now Philippine controlled facility.
Areas mulled for play and recreation are Ayala ground, back of Le Monet Hotel, Yellow trail and Eco- trail. The Scout Hill children’s park is also being considered as it is near residences.
The management will give special attention to security measures which have to be defined in relation to health protocols, gate openings and other concerns.
These will all be discussed in detail along with other related guidelines to ensure safety against COVID-19.
On June 29, the JHMC Board will meet to tackle on the guidelines drafted as it will be presented by Baguio City.
Magalong said he respects the independence of the Economic Zone where CJH is a part and he is confident that the welfare and well-being of Baguio residents is also in the priorities of the BCDA-JHMC.
The the decision will though still be left to the BCDA-JHMC to craft their guidelines as they are still in the best position to identify and define what measures are need to safeguard the elderly and children considering that Sunday is the only day they are allowed to go out in view of the quarantine.
Artemio A. Dumlao