Policy Notes (with ISSN 2815-2115) are impartial assessments and analyses on issues of legislative significance. The notes aim to provide research-based inputs to the Members of the Parliament, which include a condensed version of discussion papers, policies, bills, legislative works and studies pertinent to Bangsamoro legislative agenda. It has a maximum of 1000 to 1,500 words including the references and with a specific outline of:

  • Executive Summary (200 words)
  • Background (300-500 words)
  • Policy Issue (1 sentence)
  • Data and Findings (300-500 words)
  • Recommendations (300-500 words)
  • Salient Points (3-5 highlights of the entire policy notes)
  • References

Policy Notes are released monthly by PRLS. Depending on the number of submissions, the PRLS can publish one to three articles per month.

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The PRLS Editorial Board shall inform an author about the status of his/her manuscript, regardless of the outcome of the review process. The board reserves the right to reject a manuscript that violates the legal provisions on copyright, libel, and originality (plagiarism) or if the manuscript is simultaneously being reviewed by another body, publication, or platform. 

Details about the manuscript under review will be kept confidential until it is finally accepted for publication. The views presented by the author in the published article do not necessarily reflect the views of the members of the board. The board does not charge editorial or processing fees.

Below is a list of Policy Notes.


Policy Note 4: A Look into the Poverty Incidence of BARMM Provinces (released May 21, 2022)

Policy Note 3: Devolution: BARMM’s Road to Moral Governance? (released March 31, 2022)

Policy Note 2: The Mandanas Ruling and its Impact on Non-traditional Security Challenges in BARMM (released February 28, 2022).

Policy Note 1: On Forming a Committee That Investigates On Parliamentary Officials’ Accountability (released January 31, 2022)


Policy Note 1: On the Production of Educational Materials tailored to the Needs of the Bangsamoro People (released on December 27, 2021)