LRD Staff

The Legislative Research Division (LRD) produces policy analyses, policy notes, committee bill reviews, policy commentaries, and legislative fact sheets. The staff below are competent Parliamentary Professionals that write policy analysis, notes, and commentaries, and assist in conducting legislative talks and workshops.

Permanent Technical Staff

Kebart Peligro Licayan, the Legislative Staff Officer III, is a Boholano who works on the study of suicide terrorism in the Philippines. He graduated from Rizal Technological University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in International Relations from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He also has a non-degree Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the same University and a degree certificate program in Peace and Conflict Resolution Education from Miriam College. He previously worked at the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies as a Senior Project Assistant for Decolonial Studies and as a Student Research Assistant at RSIS, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a lecturer at Far Eastern University-Manila and Miriam College, where he teaches Political Science and International Relations to undergraduate and graduate students. He is an active steering committee member of the Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO).

Madani Amerol Sultan, the Legislative Staff Officer IV, is a Maranao who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Mindanao State University (MSU), Marawi City. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Public Administration at the same university. He is a human welfare advocate. In his 10 years in service as a humanitarian worker, he received different distinctions and recognitions as one of the top performing workers in his field. He served as a municipal link of Picong, Butig and Malabang for 9 years. Later, he became Social Welfare Officer III in the province of Lanao del Sur B, covering 20 municipalities. He initiated and implemented different programs and activities such as organizing women sector, youth organization, and indigenous people in Malabang, Lanao del Sur. Because of his efforts and commitment to his advocacy, he is recognized by Luminare Productions Management, Inc. to receive “Man of Influence: A Catalyst of Change and People Empowerment Advocate Award.”

Contractual Technical Staff

Aisah Panolong Solaiman is a Meranao who holds two degrees: Islamic Studies for her master’s degree and International Relations for her undergraduate; she earned the former at the University of the Philippines-Diliman (2018), while the latter at the Mindanao State University-Main Campus (2015). She was a recipient of numerous scholarship programs such as Special Muslim Grantee, Integrative Center for Alternative Development (ICAD) Foundation, Inc. Scholar, and Institute of Islamic Studies Fellows. Previously, she worked as Corporate Secretary at a Private Company and was National Olympic Committee (NOC)-Office Staff Consultant during the 2019 South East Asian Games. Likewise, she served as a part-time lecturer of Islam, Values, and Dialogue at ICAD Foundation, Inc.  In her spare time, she finds herself doing many volunteer activities in INGOs and NGOs such as Catholic for Reproductive Health and Global Peace Foundation, to name a few, which had her exposed to different issues championed by these institutions, including promotion of peace in Mindanao and reproductive health for the welfare of the Filipino nation. Ms. Solaiman’s research interests include Islamic Banking and Finance; Bangsamoro history, issues, and policies; Code of Muslim Personal Laws of the Philippines (PD1083); and Islamic Rulings/Law.

Mc Erschad Dimacisil Pabillan is a Maguindanaoan and a graduate of BS Chemical Engineering in UP Diliman last July 2020. He is currently studying Master in Engineering major in Chemical Engineering in Cebu Institute of Technology University. His group thesis entitled “Decentralized versus Clustered Microgrids: An Energy System Study for Reliable Off-grid Electrification of Small Islands” was published in Energies last August 2020. In his extracurricular activities, he was the Vice President for Internal Relation of UP Muslim Student Association in AY 2019-2020, Vice President for Finance of UP Muslim Student Association in AY 2017-2018, and the Vice President for Finance in Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers-Junior Chapter Luzon in AY 2018-2019. He is also a member of Chemical Engineering Society. For his work experience, he was a student assistant of UP Third World Studies Center. His research areas focus on policy recommendations regarding energy, environment, risk analysis and communication. His method includes the use of technology in policy research making, analysis, and evaluation. As Executive Assistant II (Legislative Staff Officer III) of the PRLS Director’s Office, he assists the Division with communication and performs research in support of legislative evaluations, which includes preparing reports, briefings, and other technical papers. He is also a member of Technical Working Group (TWG) responsible for drafting the Midyear Accomplishment Report of the PRLS.

Contract-of-Service/Job Order Technical Staff

Lahmodin Mustapha Balabagan is a Maguindanaon who hails from Lagunde, Pikit in North Cotabato which is now part of BARMM. He holds BA Islamic Studies, Cum Laude, from the University of Southern Mindanao and presently an MA candidate in Islamic Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman as a recipient of the Commission on Higher Education’s K to 12 Transition Scholarship program. He is working on his thesis entitled “Empowering Islamic Education in the Philippines: Addressing the Challenge of Relevance in the 21st Century”. He has been teaching in the department of Islamic Studies of the University of Southern Mindanao since 2015, handling undergraduate courses in Shari’ah and Islamic Jurisprudence, Research, Islamic Philosophy, History of Islam, History of Muslims and Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines, Islamic Commercial Laws, Comparative Study of World Religions, and Introduction to Halal Studies. Prior to this, he served as project technical staff under the Office of Student Affairs in the same University, assisting student recipients of different government-sponsored undergraduate scholarship programs. His research interests are in the areas of Islamic education, Halal industry, Islamic law, and the nexus between socio-political events in the Bangsamoro and political movements in other areas of the Muslim world. He comes from a lengthy line of Moro revolutionaries who fought for the Bangsamoro right to self-determination since the Martial Law era and served as a volunteer for the Bangsamoro Free Elections Movement (BFEM) during the 2019 BARMM Plebiscite – acting as municipal monitoring officer to ensure free and honest elections, as well as to prevent escalation of election-related conflict and violence.

Contractual Administrative Staff

Nazrin Manabilang Adiong is a Meranao who is a BS Tourism graduate of the Trinity University of Asia and worked for almost four years as support staff at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza while training as a reception desk officer recommended by the JCI Marketing Group. She obtained training certificate course in Tourism as part of the Asia Pacific Cruise Ship Educational trip in Singapore. In 2018-19, she worked at the MediCard Philippines, member of the Health Maintenance Organization, who offer total healthcare services nationwide.

Junaimah Manabilang Rasuman is a Meranao who is an MSU-IIT BS Education (Cum Laude) graduate which she automatically obtained the CSC Honor Eligibility. In 2019, she passed the Licensure Examination for Professional Teacher. Presently, she is an MA candidate in Technical Vocational and Livelihood Education at the same university.

Contract-of-Service/Job Order Administrative Staff

Humaid Langco Disocor is a Meranao graduate of Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology from the Iligan Medical Center College. In 2015-2016, he finished his internship at the Northern Mindanao Hospital in Cagayan De Oro City.

Michelle Retes, an inhabitant of Dumaguete City, studied Political Science at Silliman University and worked at Cafe Racer and as personal secretary at Hanro Company in Parañaque City in the past serval years.

Defcon Israel Medel Tan is a Maguindanaoan who was working previously as administrative aide at the ODA Coordination and Management of ARMM. He obtained a vocational course in computer programming at the Notre Dame–RVM College of Cotabato.

Thankful for the services contributed by:

Muhammad Ashraf Abdulracman Sarip

Robin Christine Manikan Asbury

Mitra Maut Sali