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Captain Jovita G. Buclat: An Igorota Warrior in the Philippine Army

Captain Jovita G Buclat, an Igorota warrior, one of the Outstanding Women in the field of Law Enforcement and National Security (OWLENS).

Cpt Jovita Buclat, Outstanding Woman in the field of Law Enforcement and National Security (OWLENS) | Operations Research Center, Philippine Army
Cpt Jovita Buclat, Outstanding Woman in the field of Law Enforcement and National Security (OWLENS) Operations Research Center, Philippine Army
  • CAPTAIN JOVITA G BUCLAT 0-136703 (CAV) PA, born on August 31, 1981 in Itogon, Benguet and from Tinglayan, Kalinga.
  • Captain Buclat is Outstanding Women in the field of Law Enforcement and National Security (OWLENS) 2019 awardee.
  • Finished Bachelor of Science in Criminology at the University of Baguio.
  • Joined the military and was called to Active Duty in the Philippine Army in 2004.
  • 2017 Marawi Siege hero.

CAPTAIN JOVITA G BUCLAT 0-136703 (CAV) PA, an Igorota warrior in the Philippine Army, is one of the Outstanding Women in the field of Law Enforcement and National Security (OWLENS) 2019.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte conferred the OWLENS awards to 10 outstanding women in the field of law enforcement and national security at the MalacaƱang Palace on March 11, 2019.

Among those awarded was CAPTAIN JOVITA G BUCLAT, a proud Igorota from the Cordilleras. She is an example of a woman who served in Marawi City. She did not mind the danger. She would even go down and accompany her team when they would pull out the armors or do repairs on the spot. She led them. This is the oath she took and her job.

CAPTAIN JOVITA G BUCLAT, Outstanding Woman in the field of Law Enforcement and National Security (OWLENS) 2019

CAPTAIN JOVITA G BUCLAT 0-136703 (CAV) PA, was born on August 31, 1981 in Itogon, Benguet and from Tinglayan, Kalinga.

After graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology at the University of Baguio, Buclat joined the military and was called to Active Duty in the Philippine Army in 2004.

Captain Buclat decided to join the Armor Cavalry where she studied the Armor Basic Cavalry Officer Course in 2006 and the Armor Advanced Officer Course in 2014.

Most of her military years were spent in the Light Armor Division and the Mechanized Infantry Division as Tactical Officers of The Armor School, in Civil-Military activities or combat operations.

CAPTAIN JOVITA G BUCLAT Marawi Seige Heroism

During the 2017 Marawi siege, she led the Forward Support Mechanized company affiliated with the Joint Task Force Marawi to provide full service and maintenance support to Armor and mechanical operating units.

Her job is to rescue not only the wounded soldiers but also the Armored vehicles that were destroyed by enemy rocket fires from the Maute group inspired by ISIS and to bring them all back to good combat operations to help the operation of troops in the Main Battle Area.

The Armored Personnel Carriers played a critical role in destroying the defense and position of the Maute group and thus their eventual defeat.


The OWLENS awardees were selected through several stages of screening and selection from nominees submitted by agencies tasked with enforcing land laws and soldiers in defense of the motherland. Project OWLENS Philippines is about women and aims to motivate and inspire women law enforcement and soldiers to excel in their chosen profession.

Another Pride of the Cordilleras! Captain Buclat, you are an inspiration to all the youth of the Cordillera, you are a symbol of women! Congratulations and may God always bless you!

Source: Republic Defenders


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