Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday announced plans to construct a new jail facility in
Northern Luzon, either in Pangasinan or Nueva Ecija.
“We will establish one regional penitentiary in the north. Wala pa tayo d’yan,” Aguirre said.
Aguirre noted that Congress has already included a P2.2-billion budget for the Department of
Justice (DoJ) to spend on the construction of new buildings starting in 2018.
“It will undergo the usual bidding,” said Aguirre on the construction of more buildings to
house the prisoners.
Aguirre bared this after announcing on Saturday that the P50-billion super prison facility in
Laur, Nueva Ecija was shelved due to high costs of construction.
Aguirre said the Duterte administration has decided to scrap the project because of the high
cost and the inconvenience that will be experienced by the relatives of the detainees from Visayas
The project was initiated in 2014 under Aguirre’s predecessor and now detained Senator Leila
The project was intended to accommodate some 26,000 prisoners and where prisoners from the New
Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City and the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in
Mandaluyong City are supposed to be transferred.