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PIA Press Release
2009/10/07

Mass wedding for IPs highlights Family Week

by EE Jerusalem

Buhi, Camarines Sur (7 October) -- Residents of barangay Ibayugan, this municipality witnessed the first ever mass wedding for the 30 couples all members of the "Agta-Tabangueños" tribe to highlight the Family Week celebrations.

Buhi Mayor Rey Lacoste solemnized the wedding rites while other town officials stood as witnesses.

The Agta-Tabangueños are among the poorest families in this town.

"Grabe ang kaogmahan mi asin orgulyo na nabisita kami kan iba-ibang agencia kan gobierno. Primera ini sa estorya kan samuyang tribo na nagkaigua nin "mass wedding" (we are happy and elated with the visit of the different government agencies. This is the first time that a mass wedding was held in our tribe), exclaimed Nanang Berta, the tribe's chieftain.

Following the mass wedding, agencies in attendance had shared some goods for the newly wed couples. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) distributed family food packs, one lechon from the Philippine National Police (PNP), farm tools and vegetable seeds from the Department of Agriculture (DA), while the Christian Foundation for the Children and Aging (CFCA) distributed health kits and slippers and the Southern Luzon Mission had soya milk and bread for the children.

The mass wedding was the highlight of the Family Week Celebration which was initiated by the e-Regional Inter-Agency Committee (RIAC) on Family with the DSWD and the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) as the lead.

Other activities were: foot parade joined by the different national and local government agencies, the Regional Parents Education Congress (RPEC) held in Legazpi City and the respective SPs municipalities had also the Municipal Parent Education Congress. (DSWD/PIA) [top]

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