MARK T. PEÑALVER

Policy Advocacy Specialist

Mark brings to IDIS his environmental law background, a much needed expertise to an organization engaged in environmental policy advocacy. As a law graduate and former Vice President of University of Mindanao Legal Advocacy Network (ULAN), he leverages his legal knowledge as the Policy Advocacy Specialist of the organization.

It was at the Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN), where Mark served as an intern that he realized the need for more environmental lawyers. He joined IDIS given the shared advocacy for the environment, with childhood memories of running in the rice fields, climbing trees and planting rice and corn with his brothers. He comes from a family of farmers in Midsayap, Cotabato.

Today he continues to volunteer for IAmHampaslupa Ecological Agriculture Movement (Greenpeace) and ULAN. He enjoys his work at IDIS where he engages with different sectors and the government to push for adoption of environmental policies. He looks forward to the filing of the motion for intervention in the Watershed Code case.

Mark finished his Bachelor of Laws from University of Mindanao in 2014 and his AB in Mass Communication from Ateneo de Davao University in 2010. He plans to take up his Master’s Degree in Environmental and International Law. His childhood dream also remains, which is to someday join National Geographic’s Team of Experts.

You may contact Mark at mark.penalver@idisphil.org

 

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