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The three bidders are the following:
The shortlist is scheduled to be announced on 13 July 2015. A pre-bid conference is expected to be held on 20 July and shortlisted bidders will submit their proposals on 21 September. The project is expected to be operational by 2019.
The facilities, which will be located in the Philippine Army's Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija, will include staff housing, administrative buildings, areas for prisoner rehabilitation (sports, work and religious activity), and high-tech security equipment.
The prison will have the capacity for 26,880 inmates. It will house 21,106 convicts from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City and 2,016 inmates from the Correctional Institute for Women in Mandaluyong City, both of which are scheduled to be closed.
The project involves the design, build, finance, and maintenance (DBFM) of the new facilities for a period of 20 years.
A number of supporting accommodation and building-related services may be outsourced as part of the PPP agreement, such as laundry, waste treatment and disposal, sewage water treatment and power generation.
The total project investment is estimated at P50.18 billion (US$1.1 billion).
The prison will belong to the national prison system managed by the Bureau of Corrections under the Philippines Department of Justice.
Throughout this month we have reported on several PPP projects in the Philippines: