What will your neighbors be like in this region? People are individuals here in the Volcán and Cerro Punta region as they are anywhere. Still, there are some general cultural proclivities.
I have lived in two homes in the little village of Paso Ancho (between Volcán and Cerro Punta), and all of my neighbors have been extremely friendly and helpful, and look out for my best interests. If there are any neighbors I don't trust or don´t like, they are almost always gringos. Sadly, some gringos have an "attitude" when they come here, expecting the "dark natives" to bow down and just about worship them. (And, of course, some gringos here are incredibly fine human beings; as I said, people are individuals.)
There are a few pointers that, if you follow them, will help you make fine neighbors - first, wave and smile and say ¡Buenos días! to people, including strangers. As you get on the bus, say the same thing to everyone aboard. Talk to the person sitting next to you on the bus. Speak Spanish as much as you can, and don´t expect Panamanians to speak English - do you think new residents from other countries, back in the States, should expect YOU to speak German or Japanese or Arabic?
From time to time, do something nice for your neighbors: bring over a plate of food and hand it to them with a smile. Or give them a bag of onions or potatoes you bought at a farm stand. I guarantee they will do the same thing - this is common practice among Panamanians here, and it is a wonderful way to build strong relationships of friendship.
I have been living for two and a half years in this village. All of the neighbors around here know me - and, what is more, they like me. They help me out. When we go on a trip somewhere they keep an eye on our house to make sure everything is all right. They bring over food now and then. They stop what they are doing to chat with me. This is the kind of neighborliness that I have not experienced since the 1950s and early 1960s in a little village in rural northern New York state - it is wonderful to experience it again!