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Medical mission held at Maguindanao provincial jail

Volunteers distribute medicines for various illnesses to inmates at the provincial jail during a medical mission. John Unson, file
COTABATO CITY, Philippines — More than 300 detainees at the Maguindanao provincial jail were given medical treatment in preparation for their transfer to a new facility next year.
Lynette Estandarte, budget officer of the Maguindanao provincial government, said on Thursday that a medical mission by the People’s Medical Team on Tuesday served 342 inmates.
Aside from medicine for common ailments, the governor’s office also provided the detainees hygiene kits and food supplies.
Estandarte said the medical mission is meant to ensure detainees are in good health when relocated to a new jail in Buluan town from the current site in Cotabato City.
"Once transferred, they would get from us more extensive humanitarian services because that new facility is very near the office of the governor in Buluan," Estandarte said.
The provincial government is building a bigger detention and reformatory center in the capital town of Maguindanao province. Estandarte said the new facility will have a "good holding area" for women.
The facility, which is expected to replace the 70-year-old provincial jail in 2018, will also provide rehabilitation services for detained drug dependents. — John Unson
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