The Philippine Army in Palawan has completed the training of 120 new recruits to the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) that authorities said will help augment the existing police and military presence in the province.
Army Major General Rhoderick M. Parayno said the new CAFGU members who completed the Special Civil Armed Auxiliary Basic Military Training Class will also play a “critical role” in the government’s anti-terrorism campaign particularly in Southern Palawan.
During their graduation rites Thursday at the Provincial Capitol, Western Command (WESCOM) Commander Lieutenant General Raul L. del Rosario reminded the new CAFGUs to “serve with integrity and honesty.”
Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez said the new CAFGU members and their families will receive benefits from the government on free hospitalization and free medicine.
“Kayo ay hindi na-create to protect personalities but to protect peace dahil iisa lang ang bansa natin,” Governor Alvarez said.
Alvarez added that the additional number of CAFGUs will help augment the province’s lack of uniformed personnel particularly the police.