GIVING BACK. A police officer gives a food pack to a family belonging to the Agta-Tabangnon tribe in Tiwi town in Albay on Monday (July 4, 2022). The Police Regional Office 5 said the distribution of food packs to families belonging to the Agta-Tabangnon tribe in the town is part of the observance of the 27th Police Community Relations month. (Photo courtesy of PRO-5 Facebook page)

LEGAZPI CITY – Some 50 families or 250 individuals belonging to the Agta-Tabangnon tribe in Tiwi town in Albay received food packs from the Tiwi Municipal Police Station as part of the kickoff of the 27th Police Community Relations (PCR)month on Monday.

In an interview on Tuesday, Maj. Malu Calubaquib, spokesperson for the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO-5) said, the food distribution to recipient indigenous people (IP) families in Barangay Joroan in Tiwi town is part of the Philippine National Police (PNP)'s efforts to give back to the community for their continued trust in the force.

"The activity is part of the best practice of the police station as "Kapwa Ko, Sagot ko" and the PCR month celebration with a theme “Ugnayang Pulisya at Komunidad Tungo sa Mapayapa, Maayos at Maunlad na Pamayanan,” she added.

She said the distributed food packs consisted of rice, assorted canned goods, and noodles.

Calubaquib also added that the PNP gives full respect and acknowledges the role of IPs in building a strong community.

"Malaki at mahalaga ang ginagampanang papel ng mga miyembro ng Indigenous People’s sa ating kultura at maging sa pagpapangalaga na ating mga ancestral domains. (Members of indigenous communities play a big and important role in our culture and even in preserving our ancestral domains)," she added.

Calubaquib added that the month-long celebration is composed of different activities such as dialogues with villages, band showdown, tree planting, coastal cleanup and women empowerment programs, among others. (PNA)