By Jeffrey G. Damicog
The government has scrapped its project to build a P50-billion super prison facility in Laur, Nueva Ecija, due to the high cost of the construction and the inconvenience it will bring to visitors who live in far-flung areas.
“The administration has decided to scrap it because of the high cost,” said Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II about the project which was initiated under his predecessor, now Sen. Leila de Lima, back in 2014.
Aguirre said the project was shelved also “because of the inconveniences that will be experienced by the relatives of the detainees who will visit them all the way from Visayas and Mindanao.”
The super prison facility, which was supposed to be a public-private partnership (PPP) project, is intended to accommodate around 26,000 prisoners and where prisoners from the already congested New Bilibid Prison (NPB) in Muntinlupa City and the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City are meant to be transferred.
Since the project already has three bidders, Aguirre said the government will have to pay the penalties for scrapping the project.
Aguirre, instead, bared plans to construct another facility in Northern Luzon, either in Pangasinan or Nueva Ecija.