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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

 


January NewsLetter
(January 2021)

PHOTOS:


RAO Subic Christmas Party
December 23, 2019 (Monday)


Toys For Tykes 2019
December 21, 2019 (Saturday)


Hell Ship Remembrance Ceremony
December 18, 2019 (Wednesday)

View more at the Photo Gallery

U.S./PHILIPPINE HOLIDAYS 2021
New Year's U.S./PHL Fri, Jan. 1
M. L. King Jr. U.S. Mon, Jan. 18
Chinese New Year PHL Fri, Feb. 12
Presidents Day U.S. Mon, Feb. 15
EDSA People Power Revolution PHL Thu, Feb. 25
Maundy Thurs PHL Thu, Apr. 1
Good Friday PHL Fri, Apr. 2
Bataan & Corregidor PHL Fri, Apr. 9
Phil. Labor Day PHL Sat, May. 1
Eid-ul-Fitr PHL Wed, May. 12
U.S. Memorial Day U.S. Mon, May. 31
Philippine Independence Day PHL Sat, Jun. 12
U.S. Independence Day U.S. Sun, Jul. 4
Ninoy Aquino PHL Sat, Aug. 21
Heroes Day PHL Mon, Aug. 30
U.S. Labor Day U.S. Mon, Sep. 6
Columbus Day U.S. Mon, Oct. 11
All Saints PHL Mon, Nov. 1
Veterans Day U.S. Thu, Nov. 11
Thanksgiving U.S. Thu, Nov. 25
Bonifacio Day PHL Tue, Nov. 30
Christmas U.S./PHL Sat, Dec. 25
Rizal Day PHL Thu, Dec. 30


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Important Announcement
Upcoming Holidays

Philippine and U.S. Holiday
May 1, 2021 (Saturdayday) - Philippine Labor Day
May 12, 2021 (Wednesday) - Eid-ul-Fitr
May 31, 2021 (Monday)- U.S. Memorial Day


RAO Subic Calendar 2021


RAO Subic Updates

Date: 05/15/2021

Health Alert: Quarantine Update (May 15-31, 2021)

Below are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government:

General Community Quarantine (GCQ) May 15, 2021, through May 31, 2021:

  • NCR Plus
    • Metro Manila
    • Bulacan
    • Rizal
    • Cavite
    • Laguna

  • Luzon
    • Apayao
    • Baguio City
    • Benguet
    • Kalinga
    • Mountain Province
    • Abra
    • Cagayan
    • Isabela
    • Nueva Viscaya
    • Batangas
    • Quezon
    • Puerto Princesa

  • Mindanao
    • Iligan City
    • Davao City
    • Lanao Del Sur

Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) May 15, 2021, through May 31, 2021:

  • Santiago City
  • Quirino
  • Ifugao
  • Zamboanga City

All other areas are under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). For quarantine classification protocols and regulations, visit the Philippine COVID -19 website. The Philippine government mandated all persons to wear full-coverage face shields together with face masks while in public places. Local governments continue to implement additional requirements to slow the virus’ spread.

Actions to Take:


Assistance:


Date: 05/13/2021

Taxes Cost

Can back taxes cost you your passport? In some cases – yes.

Our U.S. passport is your lifeline to travelling abroad, and as a U.S. expat, that fact has more weight than it does for other Americans.

Click here to read more.


Date: 05/13/2021

PRA REOPENS FOR SRRV VISA BUSINESS


Date: 05/11/2021

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines and United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines

American Citizen Services Update

Limited appointments for passport and citizenship services for U.S. citizens remain available at both the U.S. Embassy in Manila and the Consular Agency in Cebu. In light of the on-going pandemic, we are not providing walk-in services; you must have an appointment to enter the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines.

We encourage all eligible, adult U.S. citizens to renew their passports by mail, as in-person appointments will remain limited. For more information about the adult passport renewal process, including online fee payment, please see our website.

Emergency services remain available in both Manila and Cebu. If you need emergency assistance, such as to report the abduction of a U.S. citizen child, the arrest or death of a U.S. citizen, or if you have been the victim of a crime in the Philippines, please call us at +63 (02) 5301-2000 or email us at ACSInfoManila@state.gov.


Date: 05/11/2021

Latest VA Announcement

I’m seeing a lot of comments on the news release by VA today. “VA offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations nationwide". Comments like why can’t VA Manila do that? Seems like many often forget the VA in the U.S. receives a lot more vaccine than we do here. They are not subject to limitations on walk-ins, and also that they began vaccinations back in January. Having received vaccine in the beginning of April, VAOPC is doing a tremendous job of vaccinating local Vets. Already a vast majority of our senior enrolled venerables has received their first dose, and VA has begun moving down the priority list. I have received many emails and FB messages, telling me of the positive experience our Vets are having at the clinic. “Professional, well oiled machine, very personable, and really quick”, are all phrases being used. As I think back a couple of months all we heard was VA has no plan and going so far as to pin the nickname of “no plan Dan” to the manager of the clinic. I hope those who were so consumed with second guessing and drawing up their own plans, are enjoying the taste of crow now, I have to ask if they would like to super size their drink with that. It has become vividly clear that the leadership had contingency plans and quickly implemented them when the vaccine was received. This kind of well supervised operation doesn’t suddenly appear overnight. It reminds me of the TV shows that give the warning “don’t try this at home” or leave this to the professionals. The VA and OPC has decades of experience in planning and administering healthcare, and it shows in this endeavor. Those who never planned anything larger than their kid’s birthday party or a unit happy hour have no business criticizing or offering their alternative plans. As the VAOPC is dependent upon the National VA for receiving the doses, I’m sure we will experience some lulls in the process but I for one am confident we will in short time have the majority of our Vets, spouses and care givers who want the vaccine, receiving it notwithstanding the complications endured by our Vets in outlying areas. The limitations of portability make that a very difficult situation. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the professionals in place at Manila VA.


Date: 05/09/2021

Arrival Guide for non-OFWs and non-Filipino Nationals starting May 8, 2021

In compliance with Philippine government regulations, travelers arriving in the Philippines starting May 8, 2021 and onwards shall undergo 14 days of quarantine, 10 of which shall be observed at an accredited hotel or facility, and the remaining 4 to be completed at home under the monitoring of their respective Local Government Units. Travelers shall also undergo an RT-PCR test on the seventh day of their quarantine stay.

You must stay at a hotel accredited by our Tourism and Health Agencies while you wait for your scheduled test and the release of results. You can only check out from your hotel on the tenth day of your quarantine stay. Day 1 starts on your arrival date.

Click here to read more.


Date: 05/06/2021

Whole Day Power Outage

RAO Subic will be closed on May 10, 2021 (Monday) because of a scheduled whole day power outage, thank you for your kind understanding.


Date: 05/03/2021

Updated and Previous IATF Resolutions and Bureau of Immigration Advisories



Date: 04/27/2021

U.S. EMBASSY CANCELS NOTARIAL APPTS FOR MAY 2021

Cancellation of Notarial Appointments Scheduled in May in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases and the ongoing travel and movement restrictions throughout the country, the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines have cancelled all notarial appointments scheduled for May 1, 2021, through May 31, 2021.

Click here to read more.


Date: 04/26/2021

Subic Bay Freeport (SBF) Stakeholders

To all Subic Bay Freeport (SBF) Stakeholders, please do not forget to sign up with the free vaccine program of the Department of Health (DOH). SBMA needs to compile a list of individuals in our SBF Community who are interested to avail of the same for the consideration and allocation of vaccines by the DOH.

Click here to read more.


Date: 04/18/2021

COVID-19 Vaccinations Updates

I am pleased to share with the Veteran community in the Philippines that VA Manila has been allocated its initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine. This has been a tremendous undertaking and required the collaboration of multiple Federal agencies. I appreciate the teamwork among these agencies that has gotten us to this point.

Click here to read more.


Date: 04/17/2021

Launch of Online Fee Payment for Adult Passport Renewals

Launch of Online Fee Payment for Adult Passport Renewals. Beginning Monday, April 19, 2021, the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines will begin accepting online fee payments for adult U.S. passport renewal applications.

Click here to read more.


Date: 04/05/2021

Filing a VA Claim, the who, What and Where in the Philippines

The past week or so has been a whirlwind of questions and sometimes misinformation on filing a VA claim here. This was brought about by the withdrawal of accreditation of two former Veteran Services Officers (VSO's).

Click here to read more.


Date: 02/25/2021

Renew an Adult Passport

If you already have a U.S. passport, you may be eligible to renew it, or change the name listed in your passport, by mail. If you’ve never had a U.S. passport or you are applying for child under age 16, you must apply for your passport in person.

We encourage all eligible U.S. citizens to renew their passports by mail. This will help us limit the spread of COVID-19; fewer people in our waiting room will make it easier for us to meet social distancing requirements

You can renew your passport by mail, or change your name in your passport by mail, if you can answer “yes” to all six statements below about your passport:

  • You have your passport in your possession to submit with your application; Your passport is/was valid for 10 years
  • It is undamaged other than normal wear and tear
  • It was issued when you were age 16 or older
  • It was issued within the last 15 years
  • It was issued in your current name or you can document your legal name change.

If you answered “no” to any of these statements, you must apply in person to renew your passport; more information is available here.

If all the above statements are true, please follow these instructions:

  1. Gather these documents
  2. Your most recent passport and a photocopy of the passport bio-data page. Include your passport card and a photocopy if you are also renewing your passport card.

    Two passport photos. Attach one photograph to the application. To avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all the photo requirements.

    Please note:

    • Staple the photo to the application (one staple vertically in each corner as close to the outer edges of the photo as possible).
    • Do not bend the photo.
    • You cannot wear eyeglasses in your passport photo (unless you have a signed note from your doctor that you can include with your application).

    Completed and signed Form DS-82. Complete the form online at https://pptform.state.gov/. You may complete the form legibly by hand after printing it from https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds82.pdf. Remember to provide a valid e-mail address and local contact number on the application form. You must provide a Social Security Number (SSN), if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).

    If you do not have an SSN, you must submit a signed statement including the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.” This declaration or statement of “No SSN” does not need to be notarized, but must be signed, dated, and submitted with your passport application. Click here for a sample declaration.

    Include Name Change Documents (if applicable). If the name you are currently using is different from the name on your most recent U.S. passport, you must provide a certified copy of evidence of your legal name change. Examples of proof of a legal name change include:

    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
    • Court-ordered name change

  3. Enclose a U.S.-Dollar Demand Draft
  4. You must include a U.S.-dollar demand draft made out to “U.S. Embassy Manila” for $110 (if applying only for the passport book) or $140 (if applying for both the passport book and passport card). We accept U.S. dollar demand drafts from three (3) local banks: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Banco De Oro (BDO), and Security Bank Corporation (SBC). Please check with the bank for specific requirements. If you do not have a dollar account with one of these banks, you may submit a dollar demand draft drawn on the account of a friend or relative who does, as long as it is made out to “U.S. Embassy Manila.” We cannot accept demand drafts from any other financial institutions. Please do not include cash or personal checks with your application.

  5. Mail your completed and signed DS-82 application form and supporting documents to
  6. ATTENTION: PASSPORT TEAM
    American Citizen Services (Consular Section)
    U.S. Embassy, 1201 Roxas Boulevard, 1000 Manila

    You may send your application to the Embassy through any courier service or traceable mail service. Air21 has a contracted pick-up and delivery service for adult passport renewals submitted to the Embassy. If you send your application via Air21, the one-time fee covers two-way service: pick-up of documents and delivery of the completed passport. You may call (02) 8879-4747, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., to arrange for Air21 to pick up your documents and deliver them to the Embassy. Please verify the courier fee with Air21 directly, as fees may vary based on location or change without prior notice.

  7. Wait for your passport. Turn-around time averages four to six weeks. Your previous, canceled passport will be delivered together with your new U.S. passport. If you plan to travel within the next two weeks, you may book an appointment here to apply in person for an emergency passport. Please bring proof of your travel if available. If you require an earlier appointment date, please contact us at ACSInfoManila@state.gov. Please include your planned travel itinerary and a copy of your passport bio-page, and indicate “Emergency Passport” in the subject line of your email.

Date: 01/13/2021

2021 Military & Veteran Benefits Survey

The FRA is conducting a survey to determine which military and veteran’s benefits are most important to active duty and Reserve personnel, retirees, veterans and their families. The survey is available online, www.surveymonkey.com and asks you to rate a variety of benefits and quality-of-life programs associated with your service to our nation.

The FRA is asking current and former military personnel and your spouses to share your opinions about the programs you value most. Your responses and comments will provide important reference information when we testify before Congress or meet one-on-one with lawmakers and their staff. We also share the results with elected officials on Capitol Hill, key committee staff, and leaders within the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs to ensure these crucial decision-makers understand your enlisted sea service perspective.


Coronavirus stimulus prepaid cards mailed in plain envelopes are not junk mail, IRS cautions

'Please do not throw it away,' government pleads The IRS is in the process of sending out about 4 million economic impact payments loaded onto prepaid debit cards – but Americans may not recognize the stimulus cash when they see it. The cards will arrive in a “plain envelope” from "Money Network Cardholder Services," the IRS said. Unsuspecting individuals could mistake the envelope for junk mail or even a credit card promotion, especially since many people are likely not aware their payment will be arriving on a prepaid card instead of in the form of a check. People cannot choose to have their payments sent this way. These 4 million individuals, who did not have direct deposit information on file with the tax agency, were selected by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. CORONAVIRUS IRS STIMULUS PAYMENTS ON PREPAID DEBIT CARDS ARRIVING: WHAT TO KNOW

The Visa name appears on the front of the card, and MetaBank – the Treasury Department’s financial agent – appears on the bank. That may further confuse individuals who do not hold an account with Visa and who are unfamiliar with MetaBank.

An information sheet included with the card will explain what it is.

One sign you may have missed your card in the mail is if you receive a letter from the IRS, signed by President Trump, which details how much money you should have received.

These letters were expected to be sent two weeks after the economic impact payments. So what should you do if you think you may have mistaken your prepaid card for junk mail? One way you might want to address the issue is by calling the number at the bottom of the IRS letter, 800- 919-9835. The agency has recalled some staff who will be available to take phone calls. Further, if you believe you threw the card away or misplaced it, you can also follow directions specifically for the prepaid cards, which will allow you to block unauthorized transactions as well. The government provides information for people whose card is lost or stolen, which directs them to log in at EIPCard.com to block unauthorized transactions and call 1-800-240-8100 to report it. A spokesperson for the IRS directed FOX Business to the aforementioned web page for the cards, adding that the agency had nothing further to add at this time regarding what taxpayers should do if they think they may have accidentally trashed their payment.


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.

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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

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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.