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Monday, June 04, 2018

Civilian auxiliaries complete military training in Siargao

By John Glenn A. Platil

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, June 4  -- Around 120 strong Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA) men under Class 46 and 47 of this year had successfully complied the requirements of Basic Military Training on June 3, 2018 in Siargao Island.

In his message, Surigao del Norte First District Representative Francisco Jose "Bingo" Matugas recognized the graduates as protectors of Siargao Island who will be working alongside with regular Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) troops. 

“Thank you for volunteering to help in securing our local communities and in maintaining peace and security in our island. Know that by sacrificing your time and energy it would mean protecting your own family and your own locality,” said Matugas.

Siargao, according to Matugas, “is known to be a safe island with no record of insurgencies.”

“With Siargao gaining immense popularity recently, and after the moratorium in Boracay with international tourists, our tourist arrivals surged to 33 percent that at the moment is still beyond our capacity and capability as a tourist destination to handle,” Matugas said. 

Matugas also added that from only a few flights last year, they now have nine flights a day which will increase to 12 flights by July of this year. He said he already requested the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to issue control on excessive commercial flights since the number of tourists at present is already a challenge that they need to keep up and manage appropriately.

With more tourists arriving in the island, Matugas further explained the need of trained peacekeepers who will be vigilant and protective of the people. 

“I count on you to be at the forefront of rescue operations during emergency situations and calamities, particularly those involving our tourists also. Being a typhoon and storm surge prone island, we need you to be available at all times; to help and protect our people and your own families,” said Matugas.

The CAAs underwent a 45-day training from April 16 to May 30, 2018 in the municipality of San Isidro. (PGO-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)