The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) has announced that the 2018 National Women’s Month celebration will have the theme “We Make Change Work For Women.” This month aims to celebrate the achievements of women and girls in various fields and recognize their contributions in our society.

As an annual activity, the City of Zamboanga had once again spearheaded the Marcha de las Mujeres held last Thursday, March 8, 2018 to join the entire nation in celebrating and recognizing women for the 2018 National Women’s Month. MGB-IX GAD advocates joined in the said march wearing purple shirts and buri hats adorned with pink and purple ribbons joining other groups representing various offices from both the government and private sectors, to include NGOs, the academe and the religious sectors.

The participants gathered around 6:30 AM at the Zamboanga City Fire Station and walked towards Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar where a short program followed. Various services at the Women’s Fair included free breast screening and consultation for the first 100 registrants, courtesy of the Ciudad Medical Zamboanga, free dental check-up for the first 100 registrants, courtesy of the Philippine Dental Society, and free BP checking, and Glucose/Diabetes testing for the first 50 registrants by the City Health Office.

As a culminating activity, the GAD Focal Point System-TWG of MGB-IX also facilitated a one-day Team-Building activity where fun-filled activities with gender perspectives were undertaken held at Monte Vista Resort, Zamboanga City on March 23, 2018.