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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.

HOURS OF DIRECTOR

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

Director

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)

January NewsLetter
(January 2024)

PHOTOS:


RAO Subic Christmas Party
December 22, 2023 (Saturday)


RAO Subic Christmas Party
January 10, 2024 (Wednesday)

U.S./PHILIPPINE HOLIDAYS 2024
New Year's Day U.S. & PHL Mon, Jan. 1
M. L. King Jr. U.S. Mon, Jan. 15
1st Phil. Republic Day PHL Tue, Jan. 23
Chinese New Year PHL Sat, Feb. 10
President's Day U.S. Mon, Feb. 19
EDSA People Power Revolution PHL Sun, Feb. 25
Maundy Thurs PHL Thu, March 28
Good Friday PHL Fri, March 29
Black Saturday PHL Sat, March 30
Easter Sunday PHL Sun, March 31
Bataan & Corregidor PHL Tue, Apr. 9
Eid-al-Fitr PHL Tue, Apr. 9
Phil. Labor Day PHL Wed, May. 1
U.S. Memorial Day U.S. Mon, May. 27
Philippine Independence Day PHL Wed, Jun. 12
Eid al-Adha PHL Sun, Jun. 16
U.S. Independence Day U.S. Thu, Jul. 4
Ninoy Aquino Day PHL Wed, Aug. 21
National Heroes Day PHL Mon, Aug. 26
U.S. Labor Day U.S. Mon, Sep. 2
Columbus Day U.S. Mon, Oct. 14
All Saints Day PHL Fri, Nov. 1
All Souls Day PHL Sat, Nov. 2
Veterans Day U.S. Mon, Nov. 11
Thanksgiving U.S. Thu, Nov. 28
Bonifacio Day PHL Mon, Nov. 30
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:

May
  • May 1, 2024 (Wednesday) - Philippine Labor Day
  • May 27, 2024 (Monday) - U.S. Memorial Day
June
  • June 12, 2024 (Wednesday) - Philippine Independence Day
  • June 16, 2024 (Sunday) - Eid al-Adha

RAO Subic Updates
Date: 05/25/2024
Reminder

RAO will be closed for Memorial Day 27 May.


Date: 05/16/2024
Memo from Med City Clark

This memo was released by Med City Clark this week. Basically it states that Med City has suspended filing claims for reimbursement of treatment costs to FMP beginning 17 May 2024. Basically Vets will have to pay up front for Hospital costs and seek reimbursement through FMP. This does not affect individual Doctors who provide treatment and accept FMP. In some cases, this can result in a dramatic change to the health of our Vets. Now before the rumor mill goes into hyper speed, here’s what this means to you.

Click here to read more.


Date: 04/17/2024
Is anyone interested in saving some money?

Havent done your U S taxes yet? Ken Kimura will be available at the RAO on the following dates to assist in tax prep. April 19, May 3, and May 17.

Do you ever have a question you sometimes cant quite find an understandable answer for on Google? Help is available on Facebook. There are a number of Veteran and U S Citizen groups available to pose a question on. You can draw on years of experience from your fellow Vets and U S Citizens. 2 of those are very popular, Americans in the Philippines and American Military Veterans in the Philippines. Simply google them, join and ask away.

Long Lost Buddies, Staying with the internet theme, there is a group called U S Military Directory that some might find helpful in locating Long Lost buddies. By providing a little info you may be given phone number, emails and other info from which to contact them. I tried it on 2 guys who I haven’t had contact with in over 50 years, now been renewing our old friendship, try it they are amazing!

Quick reminder, U S Navy Recruiters at RAO 25,26,29 April, for US Citizens and Green Card holders.

Click here to read more.



Free or Low-Cost VA Health Care for Vietnam Era Veterans

We're making millions of Veterans eligible for VA health care under the PACT Act. Here’s what YOU need to know.

  • If you served in Vietnam you can enroll.
  • If you never deployed but were exposed to toxins or hazards while training or serving on active duty here at home or anywhere else – by working with chemicals, pesticides, lead, asbestos, certain paints, nuclear weapons, x-rays, and more – you can enroll, too.
Bottom line: all Veterans who meet the minimum service requirements and were exposed to toxins and other hazards – at home or abroad – are eligible to enroll in VA care.


Date: 03/06/2024
Red Skelton's Pledge of Allegiance

This is an oldie but goodie, but it seems now is a good time to revisit. Every Veterans knows exactly what it is all about, but it never hurts to have a reminder, particularity as we near election time.

Click here to watch the video.


Date: 03/05/2024
SNAKES SEASON! BEWARE, IT IS SNAKE SEASON!

Due to the heatwave and high temperatures currently experienced, snakes, especially cobras, seek refuge in cooler places like inside home.

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.

DANIEL SALVADOR L. REDOÑA, MD

Ophthalmologist-Natural Medicine

09281952272

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


Great Information for Subic Bay Area

Making Subic Experience Awesome! SubicGo.com is a tourism portal designed for local and international tourists visiting the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

SubicGo


GREAT NEWS!
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

FMP/Tricare

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!


Videos

Just want to draw your attention to some very useful videos being offered for free through va by psycharmor. View their catalog at PsychoArmor Institute.


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.