Surigao Sur militiamen hone combat skills in 10-day training

Members of the Civilian Auxiliary Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) in Surigao del Sur have undergone a 10-day training with the aim of honing their combat skills.

Capt. Jonald Romorosa, civil-military operations officer of the Army's 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB), said 27 CAFGU members assigned at a patrol base in Barangay Pakwan, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur, completed the training from January 9 to 19 at the Advance Command Post of 36IB in Barangay San Juan, Madrid town.

This is the first batch of training we will provide to our CAFGU members this year. The other members will undergo the same type of training in the coming months, Romorosa told the Philippine News Agency on Tuesday.

Romorosa said the training aims to empower the members of the auxiliary forces and enhance their individual warfighting capabilities. The 10-day training involved battle drills, confidence in marksmanship, and self-defense.

The training also aims to strengthen the confidence of the CAFGU members and make them prepared in protecting communities against the attacks of the communist New People's Army (NPA) and other lawless elements, the Army official said.

Lt. Col. Jezreel Diagmel, 36IB commander, emphasized the importance of the preparedness of all government militiamen especially during NPA attacks.

Diagmel said the training has equipped the auxiliary forces with the vital combat knowledge and skills and boosted their confidence.

The series of training for this year is in response to the incident on December 5 last year where two CAFGU members were ambushed and killed by the NPA in Barangay Calatngan, San Miguel town, Surigao del Sur, Romorosa said.

Source: Philippines News Agency