Minority Floor Leader MP Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia graduated with the pilot class of the Executive Master in National Security Administration (E-MNSA) program, a 39-unit master’s program on the theory and practice of national security. It combines online synchronous and asynchronous learning sessions and face-to-face classes, following the desired outcomes of the regular MNSA and designed to be delivered in a blended learning approach, as adjustments are made in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

MP Alamia graduated with honors and was awarded a Silver medal (top 2) for Academic Excellence. She was also given the Term Award (Term 1-3), Meritorious Thesis Award, and Silver Medal for Best Thesis.

As part of the requirements for the said masters degree, MP Alamia submitted a thesis titled “Normalization as Guarantee of Non-Recurrence: Prospects for Transitional Justice Guarantees of Non-Recurrence for Post-Conflict Peace in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao” which tackles investigates normalization to discover, or rediscover, guarantee of non-recurrence (GNR) mechanisms that can contribute to addressing both the peace- and justice-related aims of the ongoing peace process in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. 

The pioneering E-MNSA program was launched in July 2020 by the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), through the Philippine Center of Excellence in Defense, Development, and Security (PCEDS), and brings together 55 high-level government officials and senior managers who passed a rigorous selection process.

MP Alamia has also been recommended for commission with the rank of commander in the Philippine Navy (Reserve) effective upon approval of the president, pursuant to Presidential Decree 190 and in conjunction with Republic Act Number 7077.

Established in 1963, the NDCP is the government’s highest center for education, training and research on defense and national security. It was established to uphold the constitutional provision that “the defense of the State is the prime duty of every citizen,” a mandate that it pursues through supporting the education of leaders and changemakers from various sectors, especially those who are working on national defense and security.