Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia is currently a Member of Parliament and the Minority Leader of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. She is also a delegate to the Philippine Congress-Bangsamoro Parliament Forum, Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on Rules, and Ex-Officio member of all the Committees of the Parliament. She is a Career Executive Service (CES) Eligible, certified and conferred by the Career Executive Service Board (CESB).
She is currently a Senior Partner at Alamia Santiago & Partners (ASP) in Zamboanga City and an active member of the Boards of Trustees of both Ateneo de Davao University and Ateneo de Zamboanga University. She is a founding member of the Board of Management and Leadership for Equity (MLE) Solutions, Inc., a management consulting firm that supports effective and ethical partnerships of the private sector with government, civil society and other stakeholders by creating spaces for local business leaders in Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi to innovate and flourish. Atty. Alamia is a founding member of the board of Kalisa Action Network (KalisaAN), an organization established to realize the Bangsamoro Organic Law’s thrust of a balanced society through the advancement of the rights and welfare of Bangsamoro women and children.
Atty. Alamia was the Executive Secretary (ES) of the previous Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for six (6) years, the first and last woman to hold the position in the history of ARMM. She also alternately served as the Regional Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – ARMM and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries -ARMM in concurrent capacities as ES. A human rights lawyer, she was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III in 2013 as the first Chairperson of the ARMM Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) with a seven-year term, a position she held for a few months prior to being appointed as Executive Secretary. Prior to the establishment of the ARMM-RHRC, she was the OIC – Regional Human Rights Director of the Commission on Human Rights – ARMM Regional Office.
Before joining ARMM, Atty. Alamia was the Program Manager of Nisa Ul-Haqq Fi Bangsamoro (Women for Justice in the Bangsamoro) since 2007 and the Project Coordinator of Bangsamoro Lawyers’ Network. She also acted as the legal counsel of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) and became a member of the Faculty of its College of Law. She has a 7-year experience with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and held the position of Senior Economic Development Specialist before her appointment as Clerk of Court of Regional Trial Court, Branch 13, Zamboanga City. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Atty. Alamia worked as an ICU Nurse at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for two years.
She is a member of the global Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) and part of WISE’s Global Muslim Women’s Shura Council which issues informed and religiously-grounded opinions on controversial issues of particular relevance to Muslim women, such as issues on Female Genital Cutting, Adoption and the Care of Orphans, Women’s Religious Leadership, and Child Marriages. She undertakes consultancies with national government agencies, local government units, NGOs, and international institutions on human rights, gender, Islam and women’s rights, local governance, conflict resolution and peace-building, international humanitarian law, research and advocacy, and policy reform.
Atty. Alamia graduated Cum Laude and Valedictorian from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University and completed her law degree at Western Mindanao State University. She has been granted a slot at the National Defense College of the Philippines and is now taking up her Masters in National Security Administration for Executives (EMNSA) through a grant from former Senator now Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda. She is an alumna of the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) and received fellowships/grants for capacity building from various international institutions such as the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Minority Rights Group International (MRG), International Human Rights Internship Programme, ESCR-Net, International Budget Project, and the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).