LEGAZPI CITY — Some 4,000 members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) Active Auxiliary Service in Bicol will receive PHP12,000 this December as financial support for their services to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Maj. Ricky Aguilar, the Army’s 9th Infantry Division (9ID) public affairs chief, said Friday the government has earmarked PHP48 million as payment for the monthly cash assistance to thousands of militiamen giving voluntary services to the AFP.
In a phone interview, he said each Cafgu member would receive PHP12,000, covering the months of July to December this year.
Last year, under President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Executive Order 69, each Cafgu received PHP7,000 in monthly cash assistance until June this year but due to financial constraints, the amount was reduced to PHP2,000 effective July to December 2019, Aguilar said.
He said the old rate would be restored by next year after the Cafgu Active Auxiliary budget is approved and included in the General Appropriations Act of 2020.
Aguilar said the 4,000-strong Cafgu members in Bicol are deployed to Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Masbate, and Catanduanes. (PNA)