San Miguel, Megawide eye regional prisons PPP project
San Miguel, Megawide eye regional prisons PPP project
Other interested firms for the P50.2B facility have until May 6 to submit pre-qualification documents

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Corporation (SMC) and Megawide Construction Corporation have bought bid documents for the P50.2-billion ($1.13 billion) Department of Justice (DOJ) regional prisons facility project.

The regional prisons facility to be constructed in Nueva Ecija is under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme, undertaken by the DOJ.

PPP Center Executive Director Cosette Canilao said on the sidelines of the pre-qualification conference Wednesday, April 8, that more companies are expected to buy bid documents.

“There is more time for investors because the submission of prequalification documents is scheduled in May,” Canilao added.

Interested companies have until May 6 to submit their pre-qualification documents.

Qualified bidders would be invited to attend a pre-bid conference on June 15.

Submission of bids for the PPP project is on August 14. Signing of the concession contract is scheduled in September.

About P30.7 billion ($690.36 million) of the total cost would go to civil works and building; P9.9 billion ($222.64 million) for financing costs during construction; P5.1 billion ($114.68 million) for permits, issuance, and warranties; and P4.5 billion ($101.19 million) for equipment and other construction costs.

The cost of the 6 to 8-kilometer access road is not included.

The regional prison facilities project entails the construction and maintenance of a modern prison facility in 500-hectare portion of Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.

Through the project, a suitable prison facility will be created to provide adequate living spaces, and facilities. It will also address the basic needs of inmates in existing penal facilities such as the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW).

The proposed facility could accommodate 26,880 inmates, as well as staff housing and administrative buildings, areas for rehabilitation (sports, work, and religious activity), and would be equipped with high security equipment.

The winning bidder would be responsible for the financing, detailed design and construction, and maintenance of the prison facility.

Laundry, waste treatment and disposal, sewage water treatment, and power generation and other accommodation and building-related services may be outsourced as part of the PPP agreement. –

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