• Megawide, SMH to bid for new prison

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    Two conglomerates—Megawide Construction Corp. and San Miguel Holdings— signaled their interest to submit bids for the construction and maintenance of a P50-billion prison complex in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, a senior official of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP)Center said on Wednesday.

    PPP Executive Director Cosette Canilao said the two companies have obtained the bid documents for construction of a modern prison facility where inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinglupa and the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong will be transferred.

    “San Miguel and Megawide bought bid documents,” Canilao told reporters.

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) invited tenders last month to pre-qualify and bid for the design, financing, construction, and maintenance of the facility.

    A prebid conference has been set for June 15, and submission of bids Aug 14. The issuance of notice of award is on Sept 3, contract signing on Sept 30 and issuance of notice to proceed on March 2016.

    The facility can accommodate 26,880 inmates, including staff housing and administrative buildings, areas for rehabilitation (sports, work and religious activity), and will be installed with high security equipment.

    The prison is a Build-Transfer-and-Maintain (BTM) project, which has a cooperation period of 23 years, inclusive of a three-year construction period.

    “The project is being pursued in line with the implementation of the modernization program of the Bureau of Corrections under Republic Act 10575 or the “Bureau of Corrections Act of 2013, the DOJ said in a statement.

    ” The goal of the reform is to migrate from a punitive system to the establishment of a prison system aimed at restorative justice,” it said.

    The New Bilibid Prison, which has a capacity of 9,007 has 21,106 inmates, and the Correctional Institution for Women has 2,016 inmates but its capacity is only 1,000.

    The New Bilibid prison is the country’s largest national penitentiary institution, accounting for almost 60 percent of inmates of the national prison system. The prison was established in 1940 to accommodate the inmates from Old Bilibid Prison in Manila.

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