The Philippine Navy is in the process of developing capability for maritime Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliaries (CAAS).
This was stated by Navy chief Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo during Senate Committee on Finance Subcommittee C hearing on the proposed 2021 budget of the Department of National Defense (DND) and attached agencies when asked about initiatives to protect fishermen in West Philippine Sea.
Vice Admiral Bacordo said “the Navy is developing the capability for the maritime CAFGUs or maritime CAAS, specifically for the Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL) and Naval Forces West (NAVFORWEST).”
The Navy chief explained that the maritime CAFGU will be the counterpart of Chinese maritime militia. The maritime CAFGU will be patrolling the areas of West Philippine Sea and Bajo de Masinloc.
“Aside from data gathering, they will also be protecting our fishermen as they conduct their business of fishing in our EEZ,” Bacordo said.
He explained that the maritime CAAS will be sourced from CAAS under the control of Philippine Army.
“We are looking forward to expanding the scope of the CAAS,” Bacordo noted. “We will request for additional budget for 2022.”