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Sheila Grace Formento

Philippines  
Alternative Law Groups (ALG)
Joined February 2021
Interests: Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Policy Advocacy, Women's Rights
I am a human rights and child rights advocate, a community organizer, and a lawyer.

I am the current National Coordinator of the Alternative Law Groups-Secretariat (ALG), a coalition of eighteen (18) legal resource NGOs in the Philippines that adhere to the principles and values of alternative or developmental law. ALG members’ operations cover a wide area of concerns involving justice issues of the poor and marginalized groups in the Philippines. These include issues on women, labor, peasant, fisherfolk, children, urban poor, indigenous peoples, persons living with HIV-AIDS, local governance, and the environment.

I graduated with a bachelors’ degree in Community Development from the University of the Philippines. While working full time, I earned my Bachelor of Laws degree at the Arellano University School of Law in 2017. I was admitted to the Philippine bar in 2018.

At a young age, I was decided in pursuing my career as a community organizer and work with the marginalized and vulnerable sectors. Before joining ALG as National Deputy Coordinator/ National Program Coordinator in 2019, I served as a National Training Officer for the Philippines Against Child Trafficking (PACT) from 2009 to 2019. PACT is a national coalition of Civil Society Organizations and individual child rights advocates for child protection against trafficking in the Philippines.

My work experience also includes organizing Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children (BCPC) and Local Councils Against Trafficking and VAWC (LCAT-VAWC); implementing capacity building activities for communities, children, social workers, and law enforcers: and teaching college students at the Dela Salle University under the Civic Welfare Training Service program.

My 20 years of involvement in the development work has led me to immerse myself in the different struggles and issues of several marginalized sectors such as fisherfolk, women, urban poor communities, and children. I also engaged different government agencies in strengthening protection mechanisms for women and children.

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