A TOTAL of 38 Cafgu trainees joined the Special Civilian Active Auxiliary (SCAA) Basic Military Training set for two weeks at the Task Force Davao (TFD) compound.

Brigadier General Benjamin R. Madrigal, assistant commander of 10th Infantry Division, said the training aims to equip newly recruited trainees with proper skills before their deployment.

"The trainees will undergo almost two weeks of simultaneous trainings administered by our TFD officials," Madrigal said.

He also encouraged the trainees not to easily give up on the challenges they are about to face during the training, adding: "It will be hard for you at the start but you can use all things you've learned from the training once you will be deployed in your respective assignments."

Madrigal also lauded the efforts of the authorities along with other security agencies in maintaining the peaceful situation, which led to naming Davao City as the ninth safest city in the world.

Madrigal admitted the 38 trainees will boost the strength of the city's police and military force.

"Magagawa namin ang tungkulin na aming sinumpaan. Maprotektahan namin ang mga civilian, mangangalakaw, namumuhunan, at ang mga turistang dumadayo dito sa Davao City," he said.

The training includes courses on military operations, conducting security measures on checkpoints and exposures on reconnaissance operations.

Davao City Administrator Melchor Quitain also graced the opening rites of the event.

Operations Officer Ernest Carolina said the venue of their training was changed to cater more trainees from the city.

Once the trainees will be deployed, they will receive a salary equivalent to a government employee, Carolina said. (KRP)