“We Make Change Work for Women”, this year’s theme in celebration of the National Women’s Month 2019.

According to, “The impetus for establishing an International Women’s Day can be traced back to New York City in February 1908, when thousands of women who were garment workers went on strike and marched through the city to protest against their working conditions”. Then the rest is history.

Here in Tabak Division, women, which comprise the officer’s corps and enlisted personnel, play a significant role in the accomplishment of the mission. These female soldiers don’t just used guns as their arms, but their talents and abilities as well are often used as their weapons in winning the hearts and minds of the local populace.

During the Marawi Siege, the Hijab Troopers became famous. A company of female soldiers comprised of diverse culture, religion and beliefs deployed in the outskirts of war-torn area and conducted psycho-social activities in evacuation centers. They live, eat, sleep and deal with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) for almost five months.

As the Martial Law extends in Mindanao, the 55th Infantry (VIGILANT) Battalion, under Lt. Col. Ian Noel P Ignes, initiated a bold move to close the gap of cultural differences in Lanao del Sur. Instead of brave male soldiers, the unit deployed female soldiers to man the checkpoints along Sen. Narciso Ramos Highway.

The audacious action received positive feedbacks from motorists passing through the highway. Sameha D Macaagir, an OFW from the Municipality of Binidayan stated, “We feel more comfortable with them. Male soldiers are okay but seeing female soldiers is really something. It simply shows the deep respect of the Philippine Army towards Maranao women”.

We often hear people saying that behind every successful man is a strong woman who supports him in everything he does. It may be true for most of the time, but as the world continuously change, women have learned to achieve success on their own.

Being assigned in the frontlines is not an easy job. But the female officers and enlisted personnel of Tabak Division showed their ingenuity in accomplishing their assigned task.

Truly, we don’t only Make Change Work for Women, Tabak Women also Work for a Change. That is the spirit of Tabak Girl Power!

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