War-torn Mamanwa tribal village received aid from youth group in Surigao del Norte

Photo courtesy of Pointy Surigao Norte

In celebration of its 5th year of existence founding anniversary with the theme “POINTY SDN: Act and Lead on Peaceful Initiatives and Make Developmental Partnerships Amidst Pandemic,” youth group Propelling Our Inherited Nation Through Our Youth, Inc. (POINTY) has forged partnerships with various government agencies to provide food relief and hygiene kits to more than 60 Mamanwa families of Purok 7 Songkoy (Sitio Puyawo),  Barangay Mahanub, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte on Friday, September 3, 2021.

“The food distribution is part of the outreach program of POINTY Surigao del Norte, dubbed as ‘Alay Pagmamahal sa Katutubo’. The activity also highlighted the fifth-year anniversary of the group in the province,” said POINTY who also facilitated a feeding program for the children of the Mamanwa tribe in the area.

The 30th Infantry Battalion, the Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and the Gigaquit local government also assisted in the distribution.

Private organizations, such as the local branch of the MotorCycle Riders Club of the Philippines, also lent their support to the event.

The Mamanwa tribe in Barangay Mahanub is claimed to be vulnerable to the communist New People’s Army (NPA)’s terrorist activities, according to the group.

“The activity was also aimed to educate and empower the IP community and help the IPs become resilient from adversities caused by the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG),” it added.

The group is also seeking to protect IP youths from the NPA militants’ recruitment efforts.

“POINTY Surigao (del) Norte will continue to fulfill its passion and commitment to empowering the youth to be catalysts of peace and development as (this) will lead for impactful change in the province,” it said.

The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand have all designated the Communist Party of the Philippines – NPA as a terrorist group.

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