PPP: DOJ moves filing deadline for P50.18-billion prison project in Nueva Ecija

The prequalification filing deadline for the P50.18-billion Regional Prison Facilities Project was moved to May 29 to give prospective bidders more time to prepare their documents, said the Department of Justice. 

To be built in Nueva Ecija, the project will be implemented under the public-private partnership (PPP) program. It involves the construction and maintenance of the proposed prison complex at the Fort Magsaysay military reservation, and has attracted three potential bidders: Megawide Construction Corp., San Miguel Holdings Corp., and D.M. Consunji, Inc.

In a statement, Senior State Counsel Rosario Elena Laborte-Cuevas said: “In a resolution, the PBAC (Prequalification Bids and Awards Committee) agreed to move the submission of prequalification documents to May 29.”

She disclosed that there were requests from DMCI and Megawide to extend the deadline so they can properly prepare their documents.

Once completed, the project will provide adequate living space, facilities, and address the basic needs of inmates incarcerated in existing penal facilities as the New Bilibid Prison and the Correctional Institution for Women.

The build-and-maintain concession has a duration of 23 years.

 “The rest of the timeline will also be moved eventually, but the schedule has yet to be finalized,” said Ms. Laborte-Cuevas.

Bidding for the project began in February, after the DOJ’s Bureau of Corrections published a notice inviting companies to prequalify and bid for the project. The government has set a two-stage bidding process, which means qualification documents are submitted separately from the financial and technical proposals, according to an invitation to prequalify and bid published in newspapers in February.

The winning bidder will be responsible for the financing, detailed design and construction, and maintenance of the prison facility for 23 years, inclusive of a three-year construction period.
The new facility will accommodate 26,880 inmates and will include staff housing, administrative buildings, and areas for rehabilitation activities like sports, labor and religious meetings.