La Viña’s ‘friends of the earth’ reach new milestone
Tony La Viña never thought that his small environmental group would be a successful endeavor 30 years later.
As the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC) celebrated its 30th anniversary on December 7, the abogado looked back on the time when LRC is only an organization of six people. Now it has expanded with dozens of members and some notable alumni. He also paid homage to the “original six” of LRC who became legal luminaries of their own right.
“Of the six, one became a Supreme Court Justice, two have doctorates (one in law and the other in anthropology), two became environment undersecretaries (including one currently in office), one now runs an important global land tenure facility in Sweden, two became deans (one in law, the other in government),” La Viña said.
“The same two who became deans became peace negotiators for the government with the MILF, one is a recognized global climate leader and currently runs a scientific research climate organization and another chairs a department of anthropology in a Davao university, one lives in Mindanao and three in Manila although two also move back and forth Taal and Cagayan de Oro, one is about to move from Bali to Stockholm, and one lives in the United States and has been there for more than 20 years,” he added.
LRC is a cultural, scientific and research organization established on December 7, 1987, and started actual operations in February 1988.