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9th Infantry Division, Activates New CAFGU Unit



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-With the aim to institutionalize a more efficient and effective CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) management system, the Army in Bicol formally activated the 9th Division CAA Affairs Unit (9DCAU) Monday, November 11.

MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD AFP, Commander of 9th Infantry Division officiated the unfurling of the unit colors, the Army's traditional way of recognizing the birth of a new unit and commencement of its given mission.

Gen. Trinidad expressed his confidence with 22IB's former Commanding Officer, LTC EDUARDO MONJARDIN, who will also be heading the 9DCAU, along with his assurance of the Division's full support with the unit's plans and programs.

"Tiwala ako na ang iyong posisyon na ito ay magagampanan mo ng buong husay katulad ng iyong pinamalas bilang pinuno ng Valor Battalion. Batid kong ang pagsisimula ng isang unit ay hindi madali ngunit sa pamamagitan ng ating pagtutulungan, lahat ay kaya nating mapagtagumpayan," Gen. Trinidad added.

[With your position, I am confident that you will perform excellently just as when you were the head of the Valor Battalion. I know that it is not easy to start a new unit but if we will work hand in hand, everything is achievable.]

Aside from the activation of the 9DCAU, 22nd Infantry (Valor) Battalion (22IB) which previously caters the management of CAA's will be reverted to its original function as a Maneuver Battalion. Preparations for 22IB’s subsequent deployment are being undertaken to strengthen 9ID’s intensified focused military operations in Bicol region. Meanwhile, a Sniper Company will also be activated to further enhance 9ID’s capability in addressing all forms of domestic threats and in securing the people and their communities in the region.

Moreover, with Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) 5 or Task Force Katuninongan asin Kauswagan where all local government agencies and local government units are working together in addressing the armed conflict, these new units will be very instrumental in the agressive campaign of the Army in Bicol to curb the atrocities and illegal activities hurled by Communist Terrorist Group (CTG).