330 CAAs graduated

MORE than 300 Cafgu Active Auxiliary (CAA) recruits graduated from their basic military training in a ceremony held at Camp Brig. Gen. Agaab, the 1002nd Brigade Headquarters in Malungon, Sarangani, on Wednesday.

 Capt. Jerry Lamoasao, the spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, said the 330 individuals finished the training that started in November.

 Each province of North Cotabato, South Cotabato and Davao Occidental sent 110 participants that included tribesmen such as Manobo, Kaulo, B’laan, Bagobo and T’boli, aside from Ilonggo and Bisaya.

 Lamoasao said the recruits underwent weapons training to equip them with the basic knowledge and skills in operation and maintenance of armaments used in security operations.

 “Subjects on Civil-Military Operations were also taught during the training to include the very foundation and methods of Community Support Program (CSP),” Lamosao said.

 The lectures also included Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law and Rule of Law.

 “They are the communities’ first line of defense. Educating and training them with the basics of home defense strategies is very important specially that we are still facing different security challenges,” said Col. Roberto Ancan, the 1002nd Brigade Commander, in his speech.

 Ancan said one of the basic roles of the recruits “is to protect their communities from armed NPA terrorists.”

 Maj. Gen. Noel Clement, 10ID commander, said: “May their sense of patriotism be an example not only to the tribe where they belong but also to the communities where they will also serve as defenders.”

 “These CAAs will be part in spearheading our CSP and anti and counter terrorism efforts. Their mandate is also to protect the people and secure their communities,” Clement added.

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