The VERified Team

Tomas P. Africa

Chief Civil Registration Counselor

Former Civil Registrar-General, Philippines (1989-2001)

Former Administrator, National Statistics Office (NSO) Philippines (1989-2001)

Maricris B. Pahate

Civil Registration Counselor

Maricris B. Pahate is a litigator who graduated from San Beda College of Law in 2002. She is a former Junior Partner at the Andres, Marcelo, Padernal, Guerrero and Paras Offices and has been in continuous practice of law for ten years.

Atty. Pahate is also an educator and has been teaching at the San Beda College of Law since 2006. She recently became a member of the faculty of the Centro Escolar University School of Law and Jurisprudence.


Maria Cecilia Kristina M. Africa

Civil Registration Counselor

Atty. Maria Cecilia Kristina M. Africa, a human rights advocate, is a graduate of the San Beda College of Law. One of her research projects as a legislative officer in the Philippine Senate was a proposed Civil Registration Bill to strengthen the right to a name and nationality, under Article 7 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child.

In 2007, she received the Utrecht University LL.M Scholarship on Human Rights and Criminal Justice in the Netherlands. She then interned in the International Criminal Court (The Netherlands) and during the United Nations General Assembly (New York, USA).

Upon her return to the Philippines in 2010, Atty. Africa served as legal consultant to affiliate human rights NGOs and civil society movements. She now teaches at the San Beda College of Law and Centro Escolar University (CEU) School of Law and Jurisprudence.

Anna Carmina E. Torres

Civil Registration Counselor

Anna Carmina E. Torres is a Business Process Engineering and Project Management practitioner. She graduated from De La Salle University Manila with a degree in B.S. Industrial Engineering.

A Certified Six Sigma Green Belt with over 12 years experience involving Financial Data Services, IT Services Management, Quality Management Systems Implementation, Strategic/Tactical Operations Planning and Execution, Process Engineering, Project Management, Business Process Outsourcing Operations Management and Client Relationship Management in various geographical markets (Americas, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific) servicing the providers of Telecommunications, Internet Services, Computer Hardware, Industrial Automation, Finance, Travel, Climate and Motor Technologies.

She is currently a global manager for a Fortune 500 company which is in the Top 3 of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Financial Data Services.