Grizelda "Gerthie" Mayo-Anda

Environmental Attorney
Palawan State University, Philippines


Environmental Law

Grizelda Mayo-Anda or Gerthie is an environmental attorney with over 25 years of field-based practice in environmental education and training, advocacy, enforcement, litigation and community-based resource management work in the Philippines. She has been a professor of Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law and Legal Ethics in the Palawan State University (PSU) College of Law from 1995 to the present. She is a lecturer/resource person on the seminars and trainings organized by the Supreme Court’s Philippine Judicial Academy (SC-Philja) since 2010. She has likewise been a trainer and facilitator in various seminars and trainings organized by government agencies, such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources [DENR], Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources [DA-BFAR] and local government units [LGUs]) on environmental laws, new rules on the prosecution of environmental cases and environmental law enforcement.

Gerthie established the Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC) in 1990, now one of the Philippine’s most active NGOs working to empower communities and local stakeholders to protect their natural resources. She has received several awards and commendations for her environmental work, including one from Conde Nast Traveller Magazine in July 2000 in recognition of her work with the Palawan indigenous communities and the establishment of ELAC; Bayanihan Award in March 2014 from the Western Command of Palawan; the Puerto Princesa City’s MAYOR’S AWARD for valuable contribution to sustainable development and environmental protection (March 1998); and Grant Fellowship Awardee, United States-Asia Environmental Fellowship (USAEP) Program (1994).