MISSION OF PEACE AND LOVE: The USNS Mercy Hospital will soon sail on a historic medical mission in Mindanao that will benefit thousands of mostly poor Muslims.
MAGUINDANAO (Zamboanga Journal / 30 Mar) Thousands of mostly poor Filipinos are to benefit from a historic mission of US hospital ship to the Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao staring in May, the official Philippine Information Agency said on Thursday.
It said the United States Naval Service (USNS) Mercy Hospital Ship will sail to the southern Philippines and conduct free medical mission from May 20 to June 18.
The ship is schedule to visit the provinces of Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Basilan, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur.
The visit will greatly help the medical services provided by the region's health department to the poor patients.
The US medical mission is a concerted effort between the Joint United States Military Assistance Group, the United States Defense representatives in the Philippines and the United States Naval Service (USNS), it said.
The Muslim autonomous region, torn by decades of seccesionist wars in the past and scandalized by government corruption and hotbed of communist insurgency, is the poorest in the Philippines.