BCDA plans to turn Bonifacio War Tunnel into museum

Posted at 09/05/14 2:42 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bonifacio War Tunnel in Fort Bonifacio will soon be turned into a museum.

The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is now looking for a consultant to prepare the study and design for the transformation of the Bonifacio War Tunnel.

"We are inviting reputable engineering firms to join and participate in the public bidding for the Detailed Engineering Study and Design for the Rehabilitation and Development of the Bonifacio War Tunnel," BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova said in a statement.

The objective is to preserve the Bonifacio War Tunnel, located along the eastern portion of Bonifacio Global City, as a historical structure and to develop it into a tourist spot.

The tunnel was constructed by the Americans on October 15, 1941, as they prepared for the Japanese forces' attack. It was expanded by the Japanese during their occupation of the Philippines and was later used as a bomb shelter against American air raids from October 1944 to March 1945.
The BCDA said the consulting firm will have to determine the structural integrity of the war tunnel, as well as prepare a detailed rehabilitation and restoration plan for the approximately 600 meter portion of the tunnel which will be developed into a museum.
BCDA has approved a P4 million budget for consulting services.

Interested consulting firms must strictly be a reputable engineering firm with at least ten years in the business of general engineering consultancy. In the case of joint ventures, the lead consulting firm should have at least 10 years of operation.

Eligibility documents can be purchased by interested bidders for a non-refundable fee of P5,000 from the BCDA corporate center in Bonifacio Global City.

The the deadline of submission of eligibility documents is on September 15.