Our Mandate

Under the Divisional Structure of the Bangsamoro Parliament and exemplified by the December 2020’s Resolution No. 96, the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) shall provide support to the Members of the Parliament—including the Parliament’s departments, services, and division offices (referred here as Parliamentary Professionals)—with all forms of legislative analyses and types of legislative briefs including efficient legal assistance across legislative measures, agenda, and concerns.

Services Deliverable

  • Legislative Analyses (Policy Analyses, Legal Reviews, and Committee Bill Reviews)
  • Legislative Briefs (Policy Notes, Policy Commentaries, Legislative Fact Sheets, Legal Opinions, Legal Commentaries, and Legal Primers)
  • Legislative Workshops (mentorship, methods, writing, and bill drafting)
  • Legislative Talks (meetings, colloquies, roundtable discussions, seminars, forums, conferences, summits, or conventions)

PRLS advances a research culture grounded on multiperspectivist thinking both critical and jurisprudential, including lived experiences of the Bangsamoro peoples in addressing the following focal service areas:

Office of the Service Director’s service areas

  1. Coordinate and supervise the entire management operations of the Service.
  2. Orient and remind the technical and administrative staff of the PRLS mandate, its mission-vision, its Service Manual, and Code of Conduct.
  3. Assess the research and “review works” of the two PRLS divisions, the research and legal.
  4. Oversees the “legislative review request” from the Members of the Parliament starting from assigning them to the divisions, proofreading the division’s works, designing properly their outputs, and until releasing the final works.
  5. Supervise and organize the publications of all forms of legislative analyses and types of legislative briefs.
  6. Manage and administer the PRLS website and social media accounts.
  7. Facilitate physical, virtual, or hybrid workshops, seminars, forums, roundtables, training, and other activities relevant to the PRLS mandate, particularly legislative talks and legislative workshops such as mentorship, methods, writing, and bill drafting training-workshops.
  8. Initiate cooperation, coordinate collaboration, and establish partnership among stakeholders both within and outside BARMM.

Legislative Research Division’s service areas

  1. Review, assess, and analyze legislative measures upon request from a Member of the Parliament (referred as “Policy Analysis”).
  2. Provide impartial assessments and brief analyses on issues of legislative significance initiated by PRLS (referred as “Policy Notes”).
  3. Analyze legislative measures based on its research soundness referred to the committee level (referred as “Committee Bill Reviews”).
  4. Produce a timely and policy-relevant commentary on topics and contemporary issues within the Bangsamoro Legislative Agenda (referred as “Policy Commentaries”).
  5. Collect facts, descriptions, and statistics that are evaluated based on their relevance, soundness, and their potential to enrich and substantiate discussions on legislation (referred as “Legislative Fact Sheets”).
  6. Lead in conducting the LRD legislative workshop which includes mentorship, methods, writing, and conversion of policy research paper to a bill.
  7. Organize legislative talks such as meetings, colloquies, roundtable discussions, seminars, forums, conferences, summits, or conventions.
  1. Provide an in-depth and comprehensive evaluation of the current draft of a bill to ensure its constitutionality and consistency with national and regional laws, upon request from a Member of the Parliament (referred as “Legal Review”).
  2. Respond to an existing query on legal matters and review of legal documents affecting the Bangsamoro Parliament upon request from a Member of the Parliament and/or Parliamentary Professionals (referred as “Legal Opinions”).
  3. Analyze legislative measures based on its legal soundness referred to the committee level (referred as “Committee Bill Reviews”).
  4. Conduct legal research and analyses initiated by PRLS on existing laws, their legislative history, policy background, and provisions (referred as “Legal Commentaries”).
  5. Summarize Bangsamoro Autonomy Acts by underscoring their salient provisions (referred as “Legal Primers”).
  6. Lead in conducting the LMLAD legislative workshop which includes mentorship, legal research writing, and bill drafting.
  7. Organize legislative talks such as meetings, colloquies, roundtable discussions, seminars, forums, conferences, summits, or conventions.