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Only 16 women out of 98 in Bangsamoro Authority

By Carolyn O. Arguillas
MindaNews .

(Second of three parts)

The women in the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) are expected to carry with them not only women’s issues but their respective advocacies.

Laisa Masuhud Alamia, 47, was Armm Executive Secretary (the first and only woman to hold that post in the 28-year old Armm) while serving concurrently as Minister of Social Welfare and Development. As alter ego of the Regional Governor, she exercised overall supervision over all departments and agencies in the region as well as special programs of the Office of the Regional Governor.

Alamia hails from Basilan but spent several years in the cities of Zamboanga and Cotabato. She was elected Minority Leader during the inaugural session of the BTA on March 29.

Baintan Adil Ampatuan, 49, a multi-awarded public servant, was Executive Director of the Regional Planning and Development Office of the Armm, and served in concurrent capacities as OIC District Engineer of the Maguindanao 1st Engineering District of the Armm’s Department of Public Works and Highways;  and Project Manager of the Armm-Humanitarian and Development Assistance Program-Project Management Office under the Office of the Regional Governor.

She is a graduate of Civil Engineering at the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City and finished her Master in Professional Studies-Development Management degree, major in Public Affairs Management at the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotabato.  She is a Maguindanaon based Cotabato City.

Susan Anayatin, 66, was a member of the BTC from 2017 to 2019, representing settler communities, the same representation she carries under the BTA.

She has a PhD in Peace and Development and as professor, taught at the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City, Cotabato City State Polytechnic College, and at the Army’s 6th Infantry Division Training School.

Muslima Abubakar Asmawil, 39, calls herself a “multi-tasker.” She has worked as community organizer, cashier and community field officer of the Bangsamoro Development Agency. The MILF nominated her in lieu of her ailing father, a Front Commander of the MILF’s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces. Her husband is a police officer.

She is based in Basilan.

Anna Tarhata Sumande Basman, 32, was still finishing law at the University of the Philippines’ College of Law when she was recruited by her professor and college dean, Mario Victor Leonen, then chair of the government peace panel negotiating with the MILF, to be a member of the panel’s legal team. She was Research Associate from 2010 to 2012. She headed the team from 2013 to 2016.

Basman finished BA in Public Administration also at UP Diliman and moved over to the College of Law where she graduated in 2011 with a Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence,  Rank 10  of the graduating class. She became a lawyer in 2012.

She hails from Lanao del Sur but has been based in Manila.

Maleiha Bajunaid Candao, 52, is a writer, a former newspaper columnist and later publisher of the now defunct Mindanao Kris community paper in Cotabato City.

She was educated in Catholic schools in Cotabato City (Notre Dame University),  Davao City (Ateneo de Davao University) and Manila (Trinity College of Asia) where she finished AB Psychology, minor in Political Science.

She has masteral units in Public Administration, “with emphasis on strategic planning, control, and coordination” from the Ateneo de Davao. She is from Cotabato City.

Raissa Herradura Jajurie, 52, made history in July 2011, along with Bai Cabaybay Abubakar,  President of Shariff Kabunsuan College in Maguindanao, for having been named advisers to the all-male MILF Peace panel.

At that time, the MILF’s decision to take in women advisers was apparently in response to criticisms that it reconstituted yet another all-male panel.

As the talks progressed, Jajurie served as alternate panel member and steered the Technical Working Group on Wealth-sharing for the MILF.

She was named member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission from 2013 to 2016 and 2017 to 2019.

From 1987 to 2011, Jajurie, worked full-time as labor organizer, researcher, trainer, and lawyer for non-government organizations, providing labor organizing and legal assistance to women, local communities, and marginalized sectors and identities. (mindanews)

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