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Retired Activities Office
Subic Bay, Philppines

RAO Subic Bay is an Independent Retired Activities Coordination Office which provides vital services to U.S. military retirees living in this area, remote from any Military installation.

Authorization & Support
The RAO is authorized by SECNAVINST 5420.169J and OPNAVINST 1720.3F to tailor its services to the needs of the local retired community, and bears full responsibility for financing its operation and maintenance costs. The RAO receives the same DoD support offered to any retiree or patriotic organization.

Corrections, Additions & Deletions
This informal and unofficial information was prepared by members of the RAO who are also members of the VFW, FRA and American Legion. If you note any errors, want to contribute, or would like to see something revised, added or deleted, please pass your comments to RAO Voice or call/email the RAO Director at the address listed below.


0900 to 1500 Monday through Friday
Closed on US and Philippine Holidays


Jack Walker OR: PSC 517 Box 5000R
USMC (Ret.) FPO AP 96517
Director Phone: [+63] 47-222-2314
P.O. Box 075 Fax: [+63] 47-222-2899
Olongapo City, 2200 Philippines Email: dir@raosubic.com
Events & Activities


June NewsLetter
(June 2023)

March NewsLetter
(March 2023)

December NewsLetter
(December 2022)

October NewsLetter
(October 2022)

September NewsLetter
(September 2022)


RAO Subic Christmas Party
December 23, 2022 (Friday)

Mon, Aug. 21
New Year's Day U.S. & PHL Sun, Jan. 1
M. L. King Jr. U.S. Mon, Jan. 16
Chinese New Year PHL Sun, Jan. 22
1st Phil. Republic Day PHL Mon, Jan. 23
President's Day U.S. Mon, Feb. 20
EDSA People Power Revolution PHL Sun, Feb. 25
Maundy Thurs PHL Thu, Apr. 6
Good Friday PHL Fri, Apr. 7
Black Saturday PHL Sat, Apr. 8
Bataan & Corregidor PHL Sun, Apr. 9
Easter Sunday PHL Sun, Apr. 9
Day of Valor U.S. Mon, Apr. 10
Eid-al-Fitr PHL Sat, Apr. 22
Phil. Labor Day PHL Mon, May. 1
U.S. Memorial Day U.S. Mon, May. 29
Philippine Independence Day PHL Mon, Jun. 12
Eid al-Adha PHL Wed, Jun. 28
U.S. Independence Day U.S. Tue, Jul. 4
Ninoy Aquino Day PHL
National Heroes Day PHL Fri, Aug. 28
U.S. Labor Day U.S. Mon, Sep. 4
Columbus Day U.S. Mon, Oct. 9
All Saints Day PHL Wed, Nov. 1
All Souls Day PHL Thu, Nov. 2
Veterans Day U.S. Sun, Nov. 11
Thanksgiving U.S. Thu, Nov. 23
Bonifacio Day PHL Mon, Nov. 27
Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion PHL Fri, Dec. 8
Christmas Day U.S. & PHL Mon, Dec. 25
Rizal Day PHL Sat, Dec. 30
New Year's Eve U.S. & PHL Sun, Dec. 31

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Important Announcement
Upcoming Holidays

RAO Subic Office will be closed on the following Philippine and/or U.S. Holidays below:

  • September 4, 2023 (Monday) - U.S. Labor Day
  • October 9, 2023 (Monday) - Columbus Day
RAO Subic Updates
Date: 09/06/2023
Plan Ahead With VA End-of-Life Benefits

Did you know VA provides benefits and resources for end-of-life planning? These services can help ease stress and provide peace of mind after a Veteran has passed away.

VA offers a variety of life insurance programs to help Veterans prepare for the future and protect their loved ones. One available insurance program is VALife, which offers guaranteed acceptance whole-life coverage up to $40,000 for Veterans with service-connected disabilities. Find out which VA life insurance program is right for you.

Click here to read more.

Date: 08/31/2023
V.A. Regional Office and Out Patient Clinic

Date: 08/27/2023
3 big things your loved ones need you to leave behind before you die

I wish I didn’t know so much about the stress that goes with life cycle issues, like aging, accidents, emergencies and passing, but unfortunately, I have had far too much experience.

As the creator of the Future File legacy and wishes planning system, I also get to hear from other people dealing with these issues, usually from the ones who have not taken the time to do some simple and valuable preparation.

Click here to read more.

Date: 08/17/2023
Cashless tollway system begins this September

MANILA, Philippines — Motorists are advised to prepare as cash lanes will be removed on Sept. 1 and radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers will be used to pass through expressways, as the Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) implements a cashless payment system.

“We will go cashless, multi-lane and barrier-less and there will be no toll booths. That’s how it is abroad,” MPTC president Rogelio Singson said at a briefing.

MPTC holds the concession for several vital expressways: the North Luzon Expressway, the Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway, NLEX Connector Road, Manila-Cavite Expressway, Cavite-Laguna Expressway and the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway in Cebu.

Click here to read more.

Date: 08/10/2023
Summary of our Local Outreach Events for the month of August to September FY 2023

VA is coming

There is no further info available, but we will try to seek clarity as to what the OPC contingent will encompass as to shots etc. This is a VA only event, no info at this point on SSA, or American Citizen Services, Stand by for updates.

Date: 07/31/2023
Typhoon Khanun

Date: 07/27/2023

Dear Veterans,

Please be informed that select Air 21 Business Hubs in the Northern Luzon Regions has NO OPERATIONS because of the Typhoon EGAY. This is to ensure the safety of their employees and customers.

Below are the affected areas as follows:

  • Isabela
  • La Union
  • Laoag
  • Cabanatuan
  • Abra
  • Vigan
Should there be delays in the delivery of your medications during the next couple of days, you may purchase a seven-day supply for your service connected medication and file for reimbursement via the FMP.

Date: 07/26/2023
Typhoon Doksuri

Date: 07/23/2023
I got scammed by this UPS fake check scheme

Unfortunately, if you’ve received an unexpected check in a UPS envelope, it’s a scam.

Like so many Americans today, I have been targeted by some online crooks who hacked into my UPS account. Some scammer hacked into my UPS account to charge tens of thousands of dollars in overnight shipping charges to send next-day envelopes from various fake companies containing a fraudulent check inside each one. Luckily, I received a notification from UPS about activity in my account, and a few of the envelopes were returned to my address as undeliverable. That’s when I found the checks inside the UPS envelopes totaling over $100K.

My account was charged a whopping $40,000, and still climbing. This is a major scam you should be looking out for so you don’t fall victim on either end. How this UPS next-day check scam works is downright deceptive.

Click here to read more.

Date: 07/18/2023
U.S. Army Recruiting Visit

Date: 07/17/2023
Watch out for this new malicious ransomware disguised as Windows updates

Is that really a Windows update you are about to click on? Or ransomware in disguise? As first documented by Fortinet FortiGuard Labs and followed up by Trend Micro, new ransomware is currently on the rise and disguising itself as fake Windows updates and Word installers as part of a malvertising campaign. Also, multiple variants of this ransomware have been discovered.

Click here to read more.

Meds Help

Some of our members are running into problems getting meds now that VA is closed down. A member has forwarded the below info regarding a Dr friend of his who is interested in helping our vets. The member has known him for years and vouches for him enthusiastically!

The RAO does not know him and can't endorse but if you need help give him a try and see.


Ophthalmologist-Natural Medicine


Clinic Address: JH ORIENTAL MEDICAL CLINIC Blk 48 Lot 10 Friendship Highway Bgy Cutcut, Angeles City 2009 Pampanga

Great Information for Subic Bay Area

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Its official, as of today 16 August 2018, Ace/Baypointe is authorized to accept Tricare patients under the Preferred Provider category. You will have to check with the HMO office to ensure your Dr. is also on the Preferred Provider list. There are currently 31 Dr's who are, but check to be sure or you will have to pay the Dr's fees.

And oh by the way, please resist the urge to repeat the bad news bears (you know the ones who have their names stenciled on the back of their bar stool) who are spreading rumors about ACE BAYPOINTE and Medical City Clark suspending FMP due to non payment. IT DIDNT HAPPEN! Medical city Ortigas did due to non payment by FMP. Come to find out they gave FMP the wrong mailing address to which FMP mailed the payments. All is fixed now and they have withdrawn the suspension.Â

Old saying better to be quiet and be thought a fool, than opening mouth and leave no doubt.

I have taken the opportunity to compile a list of what Drs, and Specialties AT ACE BAYPOINTE, to the best of my knowledge are also certified as preferred providers. The hospital is in the process of adding to this list. As you all are aware this list changes without notice, so before getting treatment it would be to your benefit to check with the hospital HMO office to ensure the Dr you will receive treatment from is in fact still certified as preferred. The HMO can be reached at 047-250-6070 ext 283 or 507.

Name Name Specialization Specialization Gender Gender
Ablang, Alberto Mariano, MD Pediatrics, Critical Care Male
Ablang, Marietta, MD Internal Medicine, Cardiology Female
Aguila, Beverly, MD Internal Medicine, Cardiology Female
Aguila, Beverly, MD Internal Medicine, Cardiology Female
Aguilar, Rodrigo Gastronology/Int Med Male
Alconga, Rudy Pediatrics Male
Bernal, Gerald, MD Internal Medicine, Cardiology Male
Bongco, Jesusa Anesthesiology Female
Bongco, Rosario Endocrinology Male
Bustamante, Rodrick Anesthesiology Male
Calapatia, David, MD Family Medicine Male
Cepeda, Armando, MD Surgery, General Male
Cepeda, Monette, MD Neurology Female
De Castro, Felicisimo, MD Ophthalmology Male
De Castro, Ma. Gloria, MD Obstetrics & Gynecology Female
Dela Cruz, Anthony, MD Internal Medicine, Diabetology; Occupational Health Male
Dela Paz, Emmanuel, MD Orthopedics Male
DeLeon, Roberto Gen Surgery Male
Edejer, Karl Erjon, MD Anesthesiology Male
Guevara, Luis, MD Radiology Male
Hipolito, Charina Internal Medicine, Pulmonology Female
Mallari, Lourdes ENT Ear, Nose,Throat Female
Mangahas, Rolan Opthamology Male
Manuel, Jesse Jewel, MD Surgery, Orthopedic Male
Mendoza, Arturo, Jr., MD Surgery, General (Laparoscopic) Male
Ocampo, Armida, MD Internal Medicine, Pulmonology Female
Pasqual, Jeanette Orthopedics Male
Rojo, Margaret, MD Anesthesiology Female
Santos, Wilfredo, MD Surgery, General ; Surgery, Oncology Male
Soriano, Maria Agnes, MD Internal Medicine, Diabetology Female
Tablan, Apolonario Jr Urology Male
Velchez, Carlos Hematology/Int Med Male
Hipolito, Charina Internal Medicine, Pulmonology Female
Villareal, Paolo, MD Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Male


We continue to see vets who are receiving EOB's and checks for treatment at Medical City and Baypointe (ACE). Please be aware you should not cash these checks. They should be given to the hospitals. Should you cash the check a few things can happen, 1st FMP or Tricare may demand repayment, if you don't they can notify the IRS and either a garnishment or 1099 will be received and they get their money in the end possibly including interest. It can also be placed on your credit report. Secondly, you may be refused future treatment at the hospitals as you have an outstanding balance. Worst of all we may lose the hospitals as providers for FMP or Tricare. Sure wouldn't want to be the guy who causes all your fellow vets to lose that, they might be a little pissed when they find out it was you! You know how quickly word spreads around here!


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Urgent Update: Reimbursment Checks:

It appears there is a malfunction with both TRICARE and FMP regarding reimbursement checks. They incorrectly recently have been sending the checks to the veteran vice the provider. Both have been notified this is the incorrect way to handle these checks! If you receive a check for a claim that was filed by the Hospital, please do not cash it. The hospitals participation was negotiated so that the hospital would receive payment. If they do not we will lose their services. The payment must be taken to the hospital and signed over to them to be encashed.

Special thank you to police station 6 Barrio Baretto for notification of recently deceased American Citizen! Their handling of situation was extremely professional, thanks SPO De Leon.