The Department of Justice (DOJ) has postponed the filing deadline for the P50.18-billion Regional Prison Facilities project to give prospective bidders more time to prepare and submit their pre-qualification documents.
According to a bid bulletin dated May 21, the deadline for the submission of pre-qualification documents for the project will now be at 2:00 P.M. on June 11.
The deadline was first moved to May 29 from the original date of May 6.
In a statement, pre-qualification Bids and Awards Committee (PBAC) Legal Counsel, Senior State Counsel Rosario Elena Laborte-Cuevas, said: “Target date of award is still the same.”
The opening of bids is scheduled for August 14, while the issuance of an award notice is due September 3. The target date to execute a signed contract with the winning bidder is September 30, and for the issuance of Notice to Proceed, March 2016.
In February, the bidding process began with the DOJ’s Bureau of Corrections publishing 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 the invitation to prequalify and bid.
Ms. Laborte-Cuevas disclosed that none of the three potential bidders so far--Megawide Construction Corp., San Miguel Holdings Corp., and D.M. Consunji, Inc.--has submitted prequalification documents.
The project involves the construction and maintenance of the proposed prison complex at the Fort Magsaysay military reservation in Nueva Ecija. Once completed, it will pave the way for the transfer of convicts from the New Bilibid Prisons and Correctional Institute for Women.
The prison will accommodate up to 26,880 inmates.
The winning concessionaire will be responsible for the financing, design, construction and maintenance of the facilities, which will also include staff housing, administrative buildings, areas for prisoner rehabilitation, and high-tech security equipment.
The build-and-maintain concession covers a period of 23 years, inclusive of a three-year construction period slated to be completed sometime in 2019.