Meet the Staff

Norly Grace Mercado

Her work as a campaigner in the development work started with LRC. She first joined the NGO Working Group on the ADB Team in 1997, and then became part of the Campaign Support and Linkages Team in 1999. She also became the Associate Executive Director from 2002 to 2005.

Norly graduated from the National College of Public Administration and Governance of the University of the Philippines. Originally from Santiago City, Isabela, Norly moved to Metro Manila to pursue her degree in Public Administration. After her LRC stint, in 2005, she moved to Penang, Malaysia to serve as the Programme Officer of the Pesticide Action Network, Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP), working on issues related to food sovereignty. In 2009 she joined the international NGO, Bank Information Center, and worked on safeguarding the rights of communities affected by projects funded by the World Bank and other International Financial Institutions. In 2012, she joined OXFAM’s Asia Regional office to become its Asia GROW Campaign Coordinator.  Norly is also a consultant for organizational development and human resource systems.

Pochoy Labog

Pochoy is a human rights lawyer specializing in IP Rights and extrajudicial killings. He obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo Law School and a Master of Laws degree in International Legal Studies with a Certificate in International Human Rights Law from the Georgetown University Law Center. Apart from his work at LRC, he is also a musician-activist. 
 

​Mel De Vera

Mel is a recycled LRC campaigner having worked with community partners in Northern Mindanao and Zamboanga Peninsula. He was part of the Cagayan de Oro team in 2007. He was also International Program Coordinator of the Resist Mining, Oil and Gas Program of FOEI from 2009-2012. He is presently coordinating LRC’s Mindanao activities.

Arjay Barrios

Arjay is an anti-mining advocate who was a personal witness to the various human rights violations committed in mining-affected communities. He previously worked as a college instructor and badminton coach at the Romblon State University. He hails from Romblon and is currently studying law at the Arellano University School of Law. Arjay also plays the badminton.
 

Maya Quirino

Maya is LRC’s Legislative Advocacy Coordinator, and she brings in a fresh perspective having been immersed in issues related to land rights, climate change as well as food justice. Her expertise in the creatives, media and communications and project management is a great addition to LRC’s capacity.

Jojo Pascua

Jojo has spent years in LRC as the Administrative and Finance Officer. Jojo had been an active environmental advocate since college and has joined protests against big dams, together with indigenous youth groups. He also dabbles in scientific exploration and has developed a lighting system prototype using solar panel & LED.  Jojo also plays the guitar and piano.

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The Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center is the Philippines chapter of Friends of the Earth International. 

LRC is organized and registered as a non-stock, non-profit, non-partisan, cultural, scientific and research organization. Established on December 7, 1987,

it started actual operations in February 1988.

 

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