84 new CAA members hurdle military training

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DAVAO CITY–Eighty-four newly-recruited members of the Cafgu Active Auxiliary II (CAA II) are ready for deployment to beef up the city’s security following their completion of the 45-day Basic Military Training on Monday.

In an interview with reporters on Monday, Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, the deputy commander of Task Force (TF) Davao, said the additional CAA members will be deployed to the three checkpoints in Barangays Sirawan, Lacson, and Lasang.

The three outposts will be expanded soon, Cabangbang, said, adding that the task force is currently doing innovations to ensure the security of the city following the recent apprehensions of persons trying to sneak in with improvised explosive devices.

Cabangbang said some people are finding ways to escape checkpoints and the task force must respond to such tactics and prevent their entry to foil any violence or illegal activities.

“As of now we have already bus boarding, wherein the troops will ride from the checkpoint to the terminals than from terminals to the checkpoints. It’s also one way na mabapabilis ang traffic,” he said, adding such measure will require additional personnel.

Cabangbang said the new CAA members will complement the manpower requirements of TF Davao when it comes to the agency’s anti-terrorism mandate.

Meanwhile, Col. Nolasco Mempin, the commander of TF Davao, said that the newly recruited CAA were “mandated to undergo Basic Military Training to develop their skills and knowledge on Military Science and other security operations specifically on anti and counter-terrorism.”

He said the new CAAs were trained to adhere to and implement the law and ordinances of the city with high respect to Human Rights and to focus on the welfare of the people. –Rhoda Grace Saron/PNA

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