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The Minister

Minister Atty. Raissa Herradura Jajurie is a Bangsamoro lawyer who spent most of her life doing humanitarian works, defending people’s rights, and advocating for the welfare of the most underprivileged sectors.
She is a Tausug who hails from Jolo, Sulu. She finished Political Science at the Ateneo de Manila University and Law at the University of the Philippines – Diliman.
For more than two decades, she served as a researcher, Women’s Unit Coordinator, Mindanao Branch Coordinator, and Executive Director in Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panlegal (SALIGAN), Inc., an alternative Legal Assistance Center and non-government organization (NGO) doing developmental legal work for the marginalized, disadvantaged, and exploited sectors in the Philippines.
Minister Jajurie co-founded Nisa Ul Haqq Fi Bangsamoro (Women for Justice in the Bangsamoro) an organization that improves the lives of women in the community through capacity building, community dialogues, research, and policy advocacy.
She was also one of the founders of the Bangsamoro Lawyers’ Network (BLN) which seeks to provide legal empowerment to Bangsamoro communities.
Minister Jajurie was the first woman who became part of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) Technical Working Group (TWG) during the negotiation with the Government of the Philippines (GPH) also known as “Peace Talks” in 2011.
Eventually, Minister Jajurie became one of the members of MILF’s legal pool that provided significant contributions to the panels in the crafting of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). She became a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) and was considered one of the thinktanks who were tasked to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which later on became Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) as part of the implementation of the CAB.
During her stint as a BTC member, she was appointed as chairperson of the Committee on Fiscal Autonomy, which drafted the provisions on taxation, revenue-generation and wealth sharing, and economy and patrimony, among others.
Following the ratification of BOL and as the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) assumes office on 2019, Minister Jajurie was appointed as one of the members of the parliament and was later appointed again as the Deputy Majority Floor Leader.
Apart from being a parliament member, Minister Jajurie concurrently functions as the head of the Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD), is a frontline agency of the Bangsamoro Government that provides both immediate and long-term social interventions to improve the socio-economic well-being of the most vulnerable and marginalized sectors across BARMM.