Militiamen get P2,000 monthly aid

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed Executive Order (EO) 94, granting financial assistance of P2,000 a month to Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) members.

"Financial support in the amount of [P2,000] per month beginning 01 July 2019 is hereby granted to each member of the CAA units who meets the conditions prescribed," EO 94, signed by Duterte on November 8, read.

The order states that only duly-appointed members of Cafgu Active Auxiliary (CAA) appearing in the roster maintained by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and actually rendering services can avail of the financial aid.

Those who are in the roster and have been appointed but are still undergoing training as of July 1, 2019 would be entitled to a prorated portion of said financial support upon the satisfactory completion of the prescribed training.

The funding requirements for the grant of financial support to qualified members of the CAA units will be sourced from the current year's available appropriations, according to the EO.

"The funding requirements for the succeeding years shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act, subject to the submission of the actual number of qualified CAA members to the DBM," EO 94 said.

EO 94 directs the DBM and the Department of National Defense to jointly issue appropriate guidelines for the effective implementation of the Chief Executive's latest directive.

If any provision of the order is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the remaining provisions not affected thereby should continue to be “in full force and effect.”

"All orders, rules and regulations inconsistent with this Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly," it read. (NASE/SunStar Philippines)