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Santanina Tillah RASUL, Senator.


RASUL, Santanina Tillah was born on September 4, 1930 in Siasi, Sulu.


Laum Tabawan Elementary School, Valedictorian, South Ubian, Tawi-Tawi, 1941. Sulu High School, First Honor, Jolo, Sulu, 1948. University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Cum Laude, 1952.

National Defence College of the Philippines, Masters in National Security Administration, 1976. University of the Philippines Doctoral Units in Public Administration.


Political Career Elected Barrio Councillor, Moore Avenue, Jolo, Sulu, two terms, 1960-1961, 196263. Technical Assistant Office Staff of the President, Malacanana, Manila, 1963-1964. Supervising Management Analyst, Department of Finance, Manila, 1964-1965.

Special Consultant, National Economic Council, Manila, 1966-1967. Elected Member of the Provincial Board of Sulu, 1971-1976. Member, Executive Committee, League of Provincial Board Mems. of the Philippines to draft proposals resolutions and a position paper for the league for presentation to the Committee to Review the Local Government Code, 1972.

Resource Person Review of the Proposed Local Government Code, Local Government Center, 1973. Observed and Studied rural development in Muslim countries. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Egypt, 1973.

Cultural visit to Egypt as guest of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, 1974. Represented Filipino Mothers during the culminating activity of the Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth on the Ship for Southeast Asia, 1974. Committee Chairman, Mindanao Executive Development Academy, sponsored First Policy conference on Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro and Manila, Chair, Political Sub-Committee which drafted the political solutions to the Mindanao problem and the Final position paper, on the Conference, 1975.

Head Philippine Delegation, International Seminar work shop on The Muslim Women and their full Potential Rabat, Morocco, 1977. Cultural Visit to Iraq as guest of the Iraqi Ministry of Awkaff and Lord Mayor of Bagdad, 1977. Observation Tour of the United States as guest, United States State Department International Visitors Program, 1978.

Participant, International Conference of the American Society of Public Administrators, Phoenix, Arizona, 1978. Resource Person, Second MEDA Policy Conference Mindanao, Zamboanga City, 1978. Commissioner representing Muslims and other ethnic minorities.

National Commission on the role of Filipino Women, 1978-1985. Delegate, representing private sector, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Regional Literacy Workshop, Udaipur, India, 1979. Alternate Delegate, United Nations World Conference on Women, 1980.

Delegate, Mid-Decade forum on women, 1980. Chair., National Womens Congress, sponsored by the NCRFW to launch its Action program for 1981-1985. Resources Person, World Bank -- sponsored seminar for spouses of Finance Secretarys, on Women Involvement, Washington DC, 1983.

Head, Philippine Delegation, Southeast Asia and Pacific Regional Conference on ‘Muslim women in Development’ sponsored by RIEAP and PER/KIM, Malaysia, 1983. One of 7 women Leaders from third world invited as International Participants, PostCopenhagen Mid-Decade Dialogue with American Women in selected Cities in the United States, 1984. Paper presentor ‘A Study of some Philippine ethnic Women and their Status’, workshop on Ethnic Identity and the Status of women, Colombo Sri Lanka, 1984.

Represented Region IX, (MECS-NHIsponsored/workshop on Rewriting Philippine History to include viewpoints of Muslims and Other ethnic minorities, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture and National Sports and the National Historical Institute, DAP Tagaytay, 1985. Participant and paper writer on the Topic ‘Some Facts of the Mindanao Questions’, for the Round Table discussion sponsored by Solidarity, 1986. Participant and paper writer on the topic ‘The Moro National Liberation Front and Philippine Security’, for the Round Table Discussion sponsored by the International Security Council, Manila Hotel, 1986.

Project Director, Magbassa Kita, an adult literacy project under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, 1986-1987. Member, Textbook Board, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, 1986, member, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation Philippine Commission, representing Non-governmental Organizations, since 1986. Vice-chair of: Education, National Defense and Security, Cultural Communities.

Special Committee on Mindanao Affairs. Chairwoman, Senate Committees: Civil Service and Government Reorganization. Committee on Women and Family Relations.

Sub Committee on Peace. Member, Commission on appointments. Elected Senator, Republic of the Philippines, 1987.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation General Conference, Member, Philippine Delegation, Paris, France, 1987. International Conference on Worldwide Education for Women Delegation and Resources Massachusetts, United States of America, 1987. International Labour Office, International Labour Organisation Conference Member, Philippine Delegation, Geneva, Switzerland, 1988.

Delegate, Afro-Asian Islamic Conference Bandung, Indonesia. Chairwoman, NCRFW Peace Committee, tasked with the involvement of women in the promotion of peace. Chair., NCRFW Committee to Promote Literacy.

Professional career: Public School teacher, 1952-1957.


President, Sulu Lawyers League Auxilliary, 1971. First President, Jolo Jaycerettes, Jolo, Sulu. President, Jolo Women’s Club, responsible for the establishment of the first family planning clinic in Jolo and sponsored family planning seminar.

Organized and elected first President of the Siasi Women’s Club, Siaisi, Sulu. Member, Philippine Muslim Welfare Relief Agency, 1974. Member, Board of Directors and Treasurer’s, National Defense College of the Philippines Alumni Association Incorporated, 1976-1978.

National President, Muslim Professional and Business Women Association of the Philippines. Member, Philippine Constitution Association. Member, Board of Editors, National Manpower and Youth Council Publication, 1976.

Consultant, Mindanao State University, 1976. Project Development Associate, Office of the President, University of the Philippines, 1976. Head, Department of Political Science, National Defence College of the Philippines, 1976-1978.

Originator and Project Director, Project Magbassa Rita, a pilot Integrated Adult Education Program for Illiterate Muslims and Others in Region IX, 1978-1980, (subsequently adapted as Project Matiya Tanu in Region XII, 1980-1983). Member, Board of Directors, Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, 1978-1979. Member, Board of Directors, Abilities Unlimited, a corporation assisted by Levi-Straus Philippines to assist the disabled, 1979.

Member, representing Muslim Sector, Board of Review for Motion Picture and Television, 1982-1985. Program Co-ordinater, lecture series on Islam, 1983, part of the UP Diamond Jubilee Celebration, cosponsored by the Muslim Porfessional and Business Women Association of the Philippines and UP Asian Center, the UP Institute of Islamic studies, UP, Diliman, 1983. Member, Board of Directors: Mindanao-Sulu Development Foundation and Business and Professional Women Association of the Philippines.

Member, Board of Trustees, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement. Vice-President for Mindanao, the Fellows of the Asia Foundation, 1986. Assisted the late Father Cuthbert Bullman OMI, organize the first Sulu newspaper, the Sulu Star.


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