trainees to boost Army strength in Arakan Valley Complex
Battalion, 8ID PA
September 20, 2018
MAGPET, Cotabato –
A traditional military reception rites tested the 480 recruits for
the Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) during the first
day of their training here, today, September 20, 2018.
The recruits who will
undergo the 45-day CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) Basic Training will
be handled by the 72nd Infantry Battalion, to capacitate them with
basic soldiery skills such as marksmanship and small-unit tactics.
Captain Alex Raposon,
Commanding Officer of Hotel Company, 72IB said that upon completion
of their training, recruits will be distributed to different
battalions to serve as territorial forces and defend communities
which are being threatened by the Communist New People’s Army
In the past few weeks, the
recruits underwent background, security checks and screening process
in selected areas in North Cotabato Province. Some of them are
Indigenous Peoples who came from the towns of Arakan, Antipas, Pres.
Roxas, and Magpet or the so called Arakan Valley Complex where there
is strong presence of the NPA.
Lt. Col. Ehrlich Noel
Paraso, Commanding Officer of 19th Infantry Battalion whose unit
assumed internal peace and security responsibility of the Arakan
Valley Complex welcomed this recent development.
Paraso said that the
territorial forces play significant role in preventing the NPAs from
threatening Indigenous People’s communities, recruitment of minors
and extortion efforts.
Paraso hopes that there
will be more people who will volunteer in the next batches of the