Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia is currently a member and the Minority Leader of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority – Parliament of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. She is also the Chairperson of the Ad hoc Committee on Civil Service Code, the Vice-chairperson of the Ad hoc Committee on Local Government Code, and Ex-Officio member of all the Committees of the Parliament.
Atty. Alamia was the Executive Secretary 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 served as the Regional Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development – ARMM and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. As alter ego of the Regional Governor, she exercised overall supervision over all departments and agencies in the autonomous region as well as special programs of the Office of the Regional Governor, including ARMM HELPS (Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Synergy); HDAP (Humanitarian and Development Action Program); and ARMM-BRIDGE (Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development Program for Growth and Empowerment), among others. She chaired the ARMM Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (HEART), ARMM Council Against Trafficking (ACAT), Regional Budget Coordinating Committee (RBCC), Regional Executive Technical Coordinating Committee (RETCC), and co-chaired the ARMM’s Regional Economic Development and Planning Board (REDPB),the foremost development planning council of the ARMM.
As a practicing lawyer, MP Alamia has seven (7) years of litigation experience, thirteen (13) years of operational skills on economic development, planning and fiscal programming, and thirteen (13) years of operational experience on administrative law, organizational development and human rights-based governance.Atty. Alamia is a Career Executive Service (CES) Eligible, certified and conferred by the Career Executive Service Board (CESB).
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 had a law firm in Zamboanga City and practiced trial law in the Zamboanga Peninsula (Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi area), in addition to handling pro bono cases of Moro victims of human rights violations. 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. She is also an environmental lawyer and has successfully litigated an anti-mining campaign in the watersheds of Zamboanga City. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Atty. Alamia worked as an ICU Nurse at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for two years.
Atty. Alamia 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 whichendeavors to connect Islamic principles to society’s most pressing issues and develop holistic strategies for creating positive social change, issuing informed and religiously-grounded opinions on controversial issues issues of particular relevance to Muslim women, such as issues on Female Genital Cutting, Adoption and the Care of Orphans, Women’s Religious Leadership, Honor Crimes and Killings, Stigmatization and Criminalization of Rape Victims, Child Marriages, and Education.
She undertakes consultancies, has lectured on and has operational experience on various fields such as public financial management and fiscal planning, management and results- and performance-based programming and budgeting; program development, implementation and monitoring; autonomy and devolution; gender, including political leadership, economic empowerment, and reproductive health, WPS (women, peace and security), Islam and women’s rights; good governance; conflict resolution and peace-building; preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism; human rights and international humanitarian law; research and advocacy; development and policy reform. Also, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ateneo de Davao University and Ateneo de Zamboanga University. She is a member of interfaith dialogue movements and peace-building organizations in Zamboanga Peninsula and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Atty. Alamia graduated Cum Laude and Valedictorian from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University and completed her law degree at Western Mindanao State University. She is an alumna of the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Programme and received fellowships 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).