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Manila Regional Benefit Office

Meet Our Leadership Team


RimaAnn O. Nelson

Director: RimaAnn O. Nelson

RimaAnn O. Nelson was appointed Director of the Manila RO and Outpatient Clinic on July 14, 2013. She heads VA’s only RO located in a foreign country. Ms. Nelson also serves as the U.S. attache for Veterans Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

AVSCM Christopher Warguez

Acting Veterans Service Center Manager: Christopher Warguez

Christopher Warguez was appointed as Assistant Veteran Service Center Manager in November 2010. He currently oversees the Service Center of the Manila RO.

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Vocation Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Counselor-in-Charge: Phebe Pendon

Phebe Pendon took her position as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and a Counselor-in-Charge in June 18, 2000. Prior to this appointment, she was a Program Nurse Supervisor & Clinical Psychologist of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section at the Philippine Heart Center. She was awarded as a distinguished Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in 1999. She is a Certified Veterans Rehabilitation Counselor and a VR&E Certified Employment Coordinator.  

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Vocation Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Officer: Linda Raffignone

Linda Raffignone took this position in September 2008. Prior to this appointment, she was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the San Diego RO. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor as designated by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, a designation achieved in 2001. She is a U.S. Navy Veteran.