President Rodrigo Duterte has approved a two-months’ worth of financial support to members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary Service, according to a document released by the Palace on Monday.
Under Executive Order No. 69, only those appointed members of the CAA who appear in the list maintained by the Armed Forces of the Philippines shall be entitled to the cash grants.
“Only duly-appointed CAA members appearing in the roster maintained by the AFP shall be entitled to financial support, provided, that those who are in the roster and have been appointed but are still undergoing training shall be entitled to a prorated portion of said financial support upon the satisfactory completion of the prescribed training,” the EO read.
As a starter, financial assistance amounting to P7,000 awaits members of the military auxiliary forces. The cash grants, which will be sourced from the FY 2018 Contingent Fund, will cover the months of November and December this year.
Meanwhile, in succeeding years, the Department of Budget and Management will propose measures and identify funding sources for monthly financial aid for the CAFGU.
The President issued the EO as the government enhanced its drive against terrorism and the communist insurgency.
Created in 1987 during former President Corazon Aquino’s administration, the CAFGU units are operating under the AFP, and deals with insurgency-rich villages in the country.