by Rimaliza A. Opiña
The city government will soon fence the Asin resort at Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet, in preparation for the bidding out of the facility.
In his weekly news briefing, Mayor Mauricio Domogan said the winning bidder will manage the resort temporarily until such time that a terms of reference (TOR) has finally been hammered out by the special committee he created to lay down ground works for the management and operation of the resort.
He said having the resort operate again this time with income accruing to the city’s coffers could help in its maintenance and other overhead expenses.
Last year, the city government begun taking steps in taking over the resort after winning the case it filed against a long-time tenant. The court likewise ordered the ejection of the tenant.
Domogan then tasked the General Services Office to secure the multipurpose building and assess all facilities in the resort.
In November last year, the mayor also directed the GSO to ensure that no one uses the resort without the consent of the city government.
Among the recommendations of the assessment team are to improve the water sources for the pools.
The resort sits on a 4,344.23-square meter property. It was leased to spouses Catbagan for 20 years or until 1996. Catbagan sub-leased it to former manager Roger Sinot sometime in 1993.
On June 3, 2002, Sinot entered into a contract of lease with the city government for the period of 15 years with a monthly rental of P3,000 but the contract was not confirmed by the city council.
On June 10, 2013 the Supreme Court affirmed a decision of the Court of Appeals ordering Sinot to vacate the Asin Hot Spring Resort and pay P5,000 monthly rental for the use and occupation the resort from December 1996 until he has finally vacated the area.