File photo of the tribal games held in Roxas town, northern Palawan in 2017.

Indigenous Peoples (IP) groups in Palawan will gather at the Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex next week to participate in the annual tribal games.

A press release from the Provincial Information Office (PIO) sent on Wednesday said the event will be on July 26-27, 2019.

Commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey of the PSC said the tribal games will feature indigenous games such as the use of blowpipes, bow and arrow, and others commonly played using native materials.

“Taun-taon ay nagsasagawa tayo ng mga IP Games or Tribal Games sa Pilipinas na ang main objective is to preserve the traditional sports and games of IPs and also to promote peace, unity, and harmony among different tribal groups. We would also like to identify the potential talents in sports of the IPs particularly the youth,” Maxey said.

The traditional sports games will be supported by the Palawan provincial government in cooperation with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Department of Tourism (DOT), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and local government units (LGUs).

The goal is for the IP groups in Palawan to showcase the richness of their culture and traditions in sports and games to preserve their unique identities.

It also aims to encourage the youth to enhance their skills in traditional sports and learn sportsmanship with other young IPs, said Maxey in the press release.

Participants to the tribal games will be selected based on their skills and capacities and on the decision of their IP leaders.

Under Section 29 of Republic Act 8371 or the Indigenous People Rights Act of 1997, the IPs have the right to protect and preserve their culture and traditions through the conduct of activities that can enhance awareness among residents of their localities.