LMLAD Division Chief Atty. Hisham Ala Biruar, CPA, served as the speaker in Bangsamoro Ngayon Teleradyo last October 6, 2022.

Atty. Biruar noted that for the transition, the current Parliament has no majority and minority floor leaders since all the MPs unanimously voted for MP Pangalian M. Balindong as the Speaker.

He also emphasized the duties of newly appointed BTA officers. According to Atty. Biruar, MPs have three primary functions: Legislation, Representation, and Oversight. MPs should represent their constituents. They should also check the Ministries and Bangsamoro Offices to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed in the Parliament.

Among these three, the primary role of MPs is legislation. MPs are tasked to pass bills and resolutions to address the institutional, political, social, and economic needs within the Bangsamoro region.

Lastly, Atty. Biruar stressed the mandates and functions of the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) and its Divisions. He distinguished that while the Legislative Research Division (LRD) is mandated to do research needed for bills and resolutions, LMLAD ensures that bills and resolutions are consistent with the national and regional laws; the Division also addresses any legal concerns that affect the parliament, such as legal assistance and queries. 

| via Madani Sultan

PRLS conducts two-day STATA software workshop

The Legislative Research Division of the Bangsamoro Parliament Policy Research and Legal Services organized a two-day workshop on October 26-27 2022 to train technical staff members on the use of STATA software. 

LRD Division Chief Vincent L. Casil said that the use of STATA in the office is very much needed for efficient data analysis considering the amount and type of data the PRLS is gathering for policy analysis.

“Since not all PRLS staff are familiar with the software, training is crucial to effective software learning,” he emphasized.

Ms. Kerry Joana Ong, a graduate of BS Statistics at the University of the Philippines Los Banos Campus, served as the resource speaker in the workshop. The primary objective of the training was to familiarize the PRLS staff with the basic operations and commands of the STATA software as well as to improve the data analysis skills of the PRLS staff.

| via MC Erschad D. Pabillan, LRD

PRLS LMLAD provides lecture on bill drafting to the Bangsamoro Women Commission

In support of the Bangsamoro Women Commission’s (BWC) crafting of gender-related policies, the Legislative Measures and Legal Assistance Division (LMLAD) of the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) served as resource persons and mentors during the “Seminar-Workshop Translating Policy Research on Gender and Development (GAD) into Legislative Measures,” held in Iligan City on October 12–14, 2022.

The objective of the seminar-workshop is to convert the seven BWC policy research papers on strengthening GAD and Women and Peace Security (WPS) in BARMM, into stand-alone bills, additional provisions to the Bangsamoro GAD Code, resolutions, or non-legislative measures such as memorandum orders, policy guidelines, or executive orders. 

The said program was conducted by the BWC and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the PRLS.

| via Asmin P. Abdullah

WFD pays courtesy visit to PRLS

The Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) welcomed a courtesy call from the officials of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) on Wednesday, October 19, in Cotabato City.

The two parties discussed the mandates and accomplishments of the PRLS as well as the support the WFD can provide to the service in capacitating its staff. Some of the project collaborations proposed in the meeting are seminar-workshops on BARMM’s electoral code, budget notes, capacity development and post-legislative scrutiny.

The WFD, a UK’s democracy assistance agency, is “dedicated to supporting democratic stability” in the Bangsamoro region. 


| via Abdul Wahid I. Tocalo, LMLAD

‘We need critical people’: PRLS-LRD Chief Casil on the importance of people’s engagement in realizing Bangsamoro’s legislative agenda

Legislative Research Division (LRD) Chief Mr. Vincent Casil, on Wednesday, said in an interview with the Bangsamoro Ngayon Teleradyo program that people’s engagement in realizing the Bangsamoro Parliament’s legislative agenda is vital.

“For a democracy to be successful, we need critical mass. We need critical people to truly engage in this democratic process [in the Bangsamoro region],” he stressed during the program. According to him, the Bangsamoro people, especially the youth, have an important role to play in achieving lasting peace for the region. The functions of the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) and its contribution to policy-making were also explained during the interview. Said radio program was aired through the efforts of USAID, The Asia Foundation, and United Voices for Peace Network.

PRLS supports OSG’s effort in finalizing the secretariat-wide Manual of Operations

After the three-day strategic planning organized by the Office of the Secretary General (OSG), a framework for drafting the secretariat-wide Manual of Operations has been established. The Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) – one of the four offices operating under the OSG – participated in the activity.

From June 27 to 29, technical staff from PRLS presented the service’s manual of operations, including its mission, vision, core values, and key outputs. Among the presenters were Mr. Kebart Licayan, Mr. Nashrola Langco, and Mr. Moh’d Al-Khaleel Bogabong. Other participants from the office include Service Director Nassef Manabilang Adiong, LRD Chief Vincent Casil, and Administrative Staff Mazhar Ali. During the event, the PRLS made a significant contribution in refining the legislative secretariat’s vision, mission, and core values.

Office of MP Anayatin, PRLS conduct policy and legal research training

Member of the Parliament Dr. Susana Anayatin, in collaboration with the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS), conducted the “Policy and Legal Research Training Workshop” from June 27 to 28 at Pagana, Kutawato Restaurant in Cotabato City.

The technical staff of the PRLS served as resource persons during the event. Their presentations include the following:

• Policy Research Template by PRLS Director Dr. Nassef Manabilang Adiong;

• Data Analysis by Legislative Research Division (LRD) Chief Mr. Vincent Casil;

• Bill Drafting by Legislative Measures and Legal Assistance Division (LMLAD) Chief Atty. Hisham Nazz Ala Biruar, CPA;

• Data Gathering and Method by LRD Technical Staff Ms. Anisah Lingga; and

• Legal Research by LMLAD Technical Staff Atty. Razul Kiram Ibrahim

The workshop was participated by the staff of MP Anayatin. According to her,

“The goal of the activity is to enhance the knowledge and skills of staff particularly their skills in drafting bills and resolutions.”

PLRS, Office of MP Latiph conduct capacity development training

The staff of Member of the Parliament (MP) Atty. Maisara Dandamun-Latiph improved their research skills thanks to the capacity development training conducted by the Office of MP Latiph in collaboration with BARMM’s Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS). The two-day training, held in Marawi City from June 15 to 16, brought together ten participants who practiced data sourcing and policy writing at the end of the activity. Research template, data gathering, and data analysis were among the topics discussed in the training.

Resource persons from the PRLS include:

  • PRLS Director Dr. Nassef Manabilang Adiong – Presentation on Research Template
  • Mr. Nashrolah S. Langco – Presentation on Data Gathering
  • Mr. Benyamen H. Salic – Presentation on Legal Data Gathering and Analysis
  • Ms. Aisah P. Solaiman – Presentation on Policy Data Analysis Part 1
  • LRD Chief Mr. Vincent L. Casil – Presentation on Policy Data Analysis Part 2

Staying committed to serving the members of the Parliament in terms of policy research and legal services, the PRLS continues to provide various trainings and workshops to MPs and their personnel.

PRLS, BTA offices kick off Bangsamoro Parliament’s lecture series in Lanao del Sur

LOOK: The Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) provided lectures on policy and legal research to local government officials and staff of Lanao del Sur during the “Bangsamoro Parliament and the People: Introduction to the Bangsamoro Lecture Series” held in Marawi City, June 13.

  • Pre-Legislative Process: Lecture on Policy Research Template by Director Nassef Manabilang Adiong,
  • Pre-Legislative Process: Lecture on Policy Research Methods by Technical Staff Mr. Kebart Licayan,
  • Pre-Legislative Process: Lecture on Policy Research Analysis by Technical Staff Mr. Nashrolah Langco,
  • Pre-Legislative Process: Lecture on Legal Research on Shari’ah by Technical Staff Mr. Benyamen Salic,
  • Pre-Legislative Process: Lecture on Bill Drafting by LMLAD Chief Atty. Hisham Nazz Biruar, CPA, and
  • Post-Legislative Process: Lecture on Legislative Implementation and Post-Legislative Scrutiny by LRD Chief Mr. Vincent Casil.

To introduce the Bangsamoro Parliament, Chief-of-Staff Atty. Ranao Datu-Dacula of the Office of Parliament Speaker, OPS Legislative Staff Officer Mr. Muhammad Ashraf Sarip, and SCSS Director Atty. Abdel Jamal Ramos also delivered their presentations and remarks during the event.

The activity was initiated and organized by the Office of the Parliament Speaker (OPS) in coordination with the PRLS, Planning Division, Statutory Committees Support Service (SCSS), and the Provincial Government of Lanao Del Sur. It intends to boost partnership between the Bangsamoro Parliament and the region’s local government units (LGUs) in order to produce legislations that are “directly answerable to Bangsamoro’s communal problems.”

PRLS aids in the formulation of the internal rules of procedures of the Blue Ribbon Committee

Upon the invitation of the Office of the Majority Floor Leader, the Policy Research and Legal Services (PRLS) participated in the two-day workshop on the formulation of the internal rules of procedures of the Blue Ribbon Committee from June 8 to 9, 2022, in Davao City.

As the workshop commences today, PLRS’ Legislative Research Division (LRD) Chief Mr. Vincent Casil discussed data and analysis on Parliamentary Public Petitions Committee, while Atty. Rafsanjani Baraguir, Administrative Assistant VI of the Legislative Measures and Legal Assistance Division (LMLAD), shared a presentation on the data and analysis on Presidential Blue Ribbon Committee. Also, LMLAD Head Atty. Hisham Nazz Biruar served as the moderator during the open forum on structuring the outline of the committee’s internal rules of procedures.

Eighteen members of the Parliament joined the discussion on refining the outline. According to them, the internal rules of procedures of the Committee on Good Government, Accountability of Public Officers and Investigation, otherwise known as the Blue Ribbon Committee, helps realize the body’s duty to hold public officials accountable and prevent misconduct in the government service. The workshop will continue tomorrow morning.