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|
|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: email@example.com|
|New Year's Day||U.S./PHL||Fri, Jan. 1|
|M. L. King Jr.||U.S.||Mon, Jan. 18|
|1st Phil. Republic Day||PHL||Sat, Jan. 23|
|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|
|Black Saturday||PHL||Sat, Apr. 3|
|Easter Sunday||PHL||Sun, Apr. 4|
|Bataan & Corregidor||PHL||Fri, Apr. 9|
|Phil. Labor Day||PHL||Sat, May. 1|
|Eid-ul-Fitr||PHL||Thu, May. 13|
|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|
|Eid al-Adha||PHL||Sun, Jul. 20|
|Ninoy Aquino Day||PHL||Tue, 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 Day||PHL||Mon, Nov. 1|
|All Souls Day||PHL||Tue, Nov. 2|
|Veterans Day||U.S.||Thu, Nov. 11|
|Thanksgiving||U.S.||Thu, Nov. 25|
|Bonifacio Day||PHL||Tue, Nov. 30|
|Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion||PHL||Wed, Dec. 8|
|Christmas Day||U.S./PHL||Sat, Dec. 25|
|Rizal Day||PHL||Thu, Dec. 30|
|New Year's Eve||PHL||Fri, Dec. 31|
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RAO Subic Office will be closed on the following Philippine and/or U.S. Holidays below:August
- August 21, 2021 (Tuesday) - Ninoy Aquino Day (PHL)
- August 30, 2021 (Monday) - Heroes Day (U.S.)
- September 6, 2021 (Monday) - U.S. Labor Day (U.S.)
RAO Subic Yearly Calendar
Click here to view and to download the RAO Subic Calendar for this year 2021.
Distinguished visitor, Distinct pleasure
Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
Yesterday, RAO SUBIC BAY, again assisted 6 van loads of Veterans and Domestic Partners to travel to the VAOPC, for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
This brings our participation to almost 350 assisted. Have received nothing but great comments and thank you’s. We want to say thank you for blessing us by allowing us to assist. VAOPC has announced the intent to continue the Vaccinations during the recently imposed ECQ restrictions in Manila, but are keeping an eye on how the restrictions may effect the program. We hope for an update in the very near future. Again Kudo’s to the leadership of Dan and Elizabeth for the great meticulous planning and administration of the plan, and we applaud the OPC staff for their hard work and dedication.
A huge shout out to Olive and her team for many long and arduous hours in the scheduling.
Health Alert: Quarantine and Other Regulations Update
The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) recently issued resolutions affecting quarantine classifications and other regulations.
"Alien spouses, children, parents of Pinoys need not present entry exemption doc starting Aug. 1" - BI
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced that starting Aug. 1, its officers at the ports will no longer require the presentation of an entry exemption document (EED) from foreign spouses, children and parents of Filipino citizens who are traveling to the Philippines as tourists to visit their kin here.
RAO Subic Bay, did it again!!!!
Yesterday, we sent another large group in a 13 van, caravan to VA for Vaccine. We're nearing more than 300 assisted in getting their J&J. Already beginning plans for 31 July of Vets and Domestic Partners, Contact us for scheduling of vanpool and shots. Received many reports from vets and spouses of how well VA planned and executed the entire administration of the shots were, and the extreme professionalism the VA staff presented. Great job, Dan, and Elizabeth, and huge Kudo's to Olive, and the unsung heroes of the staff!
Manila VA Outpatient Clinic Announcements and Reminders
Quick COVID-19 Vaccine Updates:
VA Manila will be offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccine appointments tomorrow, Saturday, July 24 from 10A to 1P. Please do not arrive before 9:30A, and all individuals seeking a vaccine must arrive by 1P. Late arrivals will not be able to be accommodated.
Kids No Longer Allowed Outside
Kids should stay home for now.
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) recalled its resolution allowing children aged five and above outdoors due to the threat of the Delta variant of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
Annual Clothing Allowance from VA
Those of you who are entitled to an annual clothing allowance from VA may not be aware that the VA OPC Manila no longer has a Prosthetic Department. You should submit your paperwork to the email address or fax listed below:
In response to your inquiry, clothing allowances will be processed from this email group: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please take note of it for future reference.Prosthetic Clothing Allowance
- 646/132 P-A
- 1010 Delafield Road ~ Pittsburgh, PA 15215
- (412) 822-3728 ~ Fax (412)822-3736
Be Careful of Bank Scam!!!!!
Don’t know how many of you guys use PNB Bank but I was just hit with a scam. A Text message said there has been a log on attempt on my online account and I needed to click the link to secure my account.
The click takes you to a page that asks for your user name and password to log in.
Don’t do it if you have PNB account.
I don’t have a PNB account so I felt pretty safe in clicking the link but it’s just a scam to get your user name and password. Careful men there are people who lay awake all night trying to think of ways to get your money.
VA Giving J&J Vaccine to Spouses
VA is now scheduling Spouses/Domestic Partners (think fiancée, live-in, common law spouse) RAO is currently working on scheduling for appt and van for the 24th of July. Van cost Php 1,800. Call Jack at 2222314 for assist or info. OR come into RAO for assist.
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"Spouses" (this includes domestic partners), of veterans can now get vaccinated at Manila VA Outpatient Clinic
As of today, July 15, 2021, all Veterans and spouses of Veterans in the Philippines are eligible to receive a COVID-19 Vaccine from VA Manila. VA Manila is not yet able to accommodate caregivers with COVID-19 Vaccines. We also are not able to provide an estimated date when this may be possible. We appreciate your continued patience.
VA OPC Manila Covid Vaccinations
RAO Subic Bay, is feeling extremely blessed to have played a small role in cooperation with the VAOPC Manila, in the administration of the J&J vaccine to 84 of our Veterans yesterday,. Please note this was but a small portion of the 300+ veterans who were vaccinated yesterday. We got to witness a team of devoted professionals at work, carrying out a well thought out, organized and planned event. Through the tireless efforts of Dan, Elizabeth and in particular “Superwoman” Olive in scheduling, our Vets went through an almost flawless process. Not to be lost in the high volume of attendees is the fabulous efforts of the entire OPC staff in directing the traffic in the clinic and administering the vaccines. Our Vets arrived in 13 vans (heck of a caravan) around 0930 and departed the clinic homeward bound around 11:30. Vanfulls of vets were highly appreciative and commenting on the process and remarks such as “best trip to Manila EVER” were very common. Contrary to the criticism and remarks by a few folks who felt they should be consulted on the plan and thought they had a better idea in the early stages of the planning process, yesterdays experience showed that it was long in planning and deeply thought out. It didn’t suddenly appear out of the blue in the past few weeks. Thankfully we had the Professionals on the job! With the rapidity of the Veterans being administered the Vaccine, in my mind it is imagined that vaccination of Spouses and Caretakers could occur sooner than thought. With that possibility in my mind NOW is the time to register them by following the instructions in Dan’s email update in June.
From the Lighter Side
With all the craziness thats going on in the world, I came across this piece and thought we could all use a smile. Hopefully none of our brothers will find it controversial and accept it in the vain it is offered, you know man... its humor.
IATF releases ‘protocols’ for fully vaccinated individuals
MANILA – Fully vaccinated individuals need not present swab test results if they want to travel within the Philippines, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) said on Sunday.
Key portions of this announcement; "vaccine must be listed in Phil EUA vaccines or WHO listing", (WHO has also listed the Pfizer/BioNTech, Astrazeneca-SK Bio, Serum Institute of India, Janssen and Moderna vaccines for emergency use.) "This, however, is subject to the presentation of a Covid-19 domestic vaccination card" It appears the international vaccination card is not acceptable for this resolution. I'm sure there will be more to come on this.
For our Angeles Veteran Brothers
In cooperation with VFW post 2485, RAO Subic Bay has requested and been granted authorization from VAOPC Manila, to submit information for Angeles Veterans, who are in need of transportation to Manila OPC for the scheduling of the J&J vaccine. Angeles Veterans can provide the below information to VFW Post 2485 via Email at Post2485VFW@yahoo.com, Via phone at 045310083 and messenger on VFW2485 FB. RAO Subic will submit the info to VA and advise VFW Post 2485 of the confirmed schedule for the veteran. At that time, the RAO will contact the Veteran and schedule the Van transportation. Veterans may also receive a call from VA to confirm. This will assist the VA and our brothers by incorporating a lot of calls in one. VA is receiving a huge amount of calls as one can find if they try to call them. Please be advised this service is not for those who are not in need of transportation.Required info:
- Legal name
- Last 4 ssn
- Date of birth
- Valid phone number
LIST: Fully vaccinated travelers from these 'green' territories will have shorter quarantine period
MANILA, Philippines — The government's pandemic task on Wednesday released a list of "green" or low-risk countries and jurisdictions from which fully vaccinated travelers to the Philippines can undergo a shorter quarantine period of seven days.
All individuals qualified for the seven-day quarantine are required to undergo an RT-PCR test on their fifth day of the quarantine in a government-accredited facility, with their day of arrival already counted as the first day, the task force previously said.
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
Clinic Address: JH ORIENTAL MEDICAL CLINIC Blk 48 Lot 10 Friendship Highway Bgy Cutcut, Angeles City 2009 Pampanga
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