DATU PIANG, Ma-guindanao (PNA)–Resi-dents of Datu Piang and its adjacent towns in Maguin-danao’s first district will soon have a major health facility, said officials on Saturday.
Governor Mujiv Hata-man of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Minda-nao (ARMM) said the 25-bed capacity extension health facility of the Ma-guindanao Provincial Hos-pital was part of the P100 million Humanitarian Development Assistance Program (HDAP) of ARMM.
The provincial hospital-annex will cater mostly to indigents who are the usual victims of natural and man-made calamities that affect Datu Piang and its adjacent towns in Maguindanao’s first district.
“On emergency cases, the nearest medical facility for the people of Datu Piang is about an hour away,” Ismael Piang, a resident, told reporters at the sidelines of the ground-breaking ceremony for the new hospital annex on Friday.
“Once completed, the annex will serve the people of the towns of Datu Piang, Datu SAudi Ampa-tuan, Datu Unsay, Datu Salibo and nearby com-munities,” said Maguindanao health chief Dr. Tahik Sulaik.
The province has one provincial hospital, four district hospitals and few municipal hospitals serving about 750,000 inhabitants.