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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:


VA OPC Manila Covid Vaccinations
July 11, 2021 (Sunday)

U.S./PHILIPPINE HOLIDAYS 2021
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
National 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 U.S. & PHL Fri, 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:

November
  • November 1, 2021 (Monday) - All Saints Day (PHL)
  • November 2, 2021 (Tuesday) - All Souls Day (PHL)
  • November 11, 2021 (Thursday) - Veterans Day (U.S.)
  • November 25, 2021 (Thursday) - Thanksgiving (U.S.)
  • November 30, 2021 (Tuesday) - Bonifacio Day (PHL)
December
  • December 8, 2021 (Wednesday) - Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion (PHL)
  • December 25, 2021 (Saturday) - Christmas Day (U.S. & PHL)
  • December 30, 2021 (Thursday) - Rizal Day (PHL)
  • December 31, 2021 (Friday) - New Year's Eve (U.S. & PHL)

RAO Subic Yearly Calendar

Click here to view and to download the RAO Subic Calendar for this year 2021.


RAO Subic Updates
Date: 11/23/2021
Happy Thanksgiving

Date: 11/16/2021
VAOPC COVID BOOSTERS NOW AVAILABLE

VAOPC Manila has released scheduling days for boosters in the last week or so and some questions have arisen, which many require clarification. Here’s some FAQ’s which may help.

Click here to read more.


MANILA VA NOTICE

Starting December 1, 2021 available appointments with the Manila VA Regional Office (RO). Services are not available for walk-ins.

  • Phone/Video Interview
  • Document Drop-off
  • In-Person Interview (limited slots)

Click here to read more.


Duterte scraps face shield requirement for areas under low COVID-19 alert level

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday approved the pandemic task force's recommendation to ease national policy on the use of face shields.

Malacañang last Friday said members of the pandemic task force had already agreed on new face shield rules but were waiting for Duterte's approval.

Click here to read more.


Date: 11/13/2021
Philippines to require vaccination for employees working on-site

MANILA — People coming to work in offices in the Philippines will have to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested frequently, the president’s office said on Friday, as the country battles one of Asia’s worst outbreaks.

A little over a quarter of the Philippines‘ 110 million population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The government says there are enough stocks available and has been urging people to take the shots.

Click here to read more.


Date: 11/10/2021
VA to start processing disability claims for certain conditions related to particulate matter

VA will begin processing disability claims Aug. 2 for asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis on a presumptive basis based on presumed particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas – if these conditions manifested within 10 years of a qualifying period of military service.

Click here to read more.


Date: 11/09/2021
Philippines ready for eventual reopening of borders to foreign tourists

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration on Monday said they are ready should the national government lift its restrictions on foreign travelers amid the continuing decline in new COVID-19 cases in the country.

“Our frontline officers at the airports are ready and prepared, and we assure the traveling public of uninterrupted service should they decide to travel to the Philippines,” Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement.

Click here to read more.


Join us for the Virtual U.S. Embassy Veterans Day Celebration

As Veterans Day approaches, we invite you to help us honor those who have served our nation in uniform by visiting the U.S. Embassy social media sites on November 11th to watch the 2021 Veterans Day Video.


Date: 11/06/2021
Veterans Day 2021

ou already know why Veterans Day is important. You are the service members, veterans or family and friends of veterans who stay up-to-date on military news, pay, benefits, fitness and veteran jobs.

Click here to read more.


Birthday Message from Commandant of the Marine Corps

Our enemies now pose an ever growing threat to America and our way of life. The Marine Corps must be prepared to fight and win. Tonight, Marines around the world proudly celebrate 246 years of defending our great nation.

Our warrior lineage in the battles that have been fought and won across generations have become legend. Throughout the centuries the Marine Corps' relentless pursuit of excellence is unchanged. We are still made from the same grit and steel, with the same moral instincts, and the same unending will to fight. Marines remain physically mentally and emotionally tough, forged in the crucible to overcome fear and adversity. In these ways, the Corps and the lifelong faith we place in each other, is proudly unchanging.

Click here to read more.


Date: 11/05/2021
This notice confirms scheduling for the Pfizer Booster shot and Van seat for 20 Nov at the VA Clinic

For those who have contacted RAO for scheduling. Reminder for those who have yet to pay fees are due NLT 12 Nov.

The vans will depart RAO at 0530 on 20 Nov. Those riding from San Antonio will meet their van at the FRA at 0430.Those meeting van at SBMA show time is 0540. Thank you


AAGO Optical Clinic will be offering:- For VFW & RAO members and guests obligation free AAGO eye testing services

Wednesday NOVEMBER 10, 2021 starting 11.30 AM UNTIL 3:00 PM at the VFW office in the Dennito Hotel Complex at 9 Del Pilar Street Barrio Barretto. AAGO will also have on display a comprehensive range of eye glass frames if any one elects to purchase AAGO eye glasses.

For enquiries contact Frank Goldfinch
09202056234 (Smart) or 09777068072 (Globe)

Thank you


Date: 11/01/2021
Resources for Veteran Families

In recognition of National Veterans and Military Families Month, we wanted to reach out and share some resources with you and your family. We take this time to recognize the incredible contributions of the spouses, children and families of our Veterans, and honor your sacrifices and support of our nation's heroes.

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.

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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

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.