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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
Embassy Outreach

Fri., January 17, 2020
8:00am to 11:00 Mansion Garden, Hotel Dewey Avenue, cor. Bonifacio St. SBFZ, Olongapo City


January News Letter
(January 2020)


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 2018
New Year's U.S./PHL Wed, Jan. 1
M. L. King Jr. U.S. Mon, Jan. 20
Chinese New Year PHL Sat, Jan. 25
Presidents Day U.S. Mon, Feb. 17
Bataan & Corregidor PHL Thu, Apr. 9
Maundy Thurs PHL Thu, Apr. 9
Good Friday PHL Fri, Apr. 10
Phil. Labor PHL Fri, May. 1
U.S. Memorial U.S. Mon, May. 25
Eid-ul-Fitr PHL Sun, May. 24
Philippine Independence PHL Fri, Jun. 12
U.S. Independence U.S. Sat, Jul. 4
Ninoy Aquino PHL Fri, Aug. 21
Heroes PHL Mon, Aug. 31
U.S. Labor U.S. Mon, Sep. 7
Columbus U.S. Mon, Oct. 12
All Saints PHL Sun, Nov. 1
Veterans U.S. Wed, Nov. 11
Thanksgiving U.S. Thu, Nov. 26
Bonifacio PHL Mon, Nov. 30
Christmas U.S./PHL Fri, Dec. 25
Rizal Day PHL Wed, Dec. 30


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Important Announcement
RAO Subic Closure

Feb 17 - President's Day


RAO Updates (January 14, 2020)

Embassy Outreach (17 JAN 2020)

The outreach for 17 Jan in Olongapo at the Mansion Garden Hotel SBMA from 8-11 has been verified as will happen. Rumors are flying regarding the local holiday and the Taal volcano as being the reason for postponement. They are just that rumors, fake news. The only foreseeable event which could cause a postponement is if the volcano should actually erupt and cause ash fall which renders travel impossible. You should ask the rumor passer what their source is. Fake news about events like this can cause folks to miss the event and can cost them time and money to get the answers they should have at no cost.


Taal Volcano Donation Site

The RAO has volunteered to be a donation/collection point for items destined to assist the folks who have been displaced or lost their worldly possessions as a result of the eruptions of the Taal volcano. We will be accepting items such as clothing, blankets, towels, canned goods, ready to eat food packets, rice and bottled water beginning 15 Jan through 29 Jan. Do a little early spring cleaning and donate them to a great cause. These folks lost the little they have. We also will be donating P100 of members dues to buy more food for them. You can also bring items to the Outreach this Friday for donation. Thank you for giving from your hearts!


United States Embassy Manila, Philippines

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Angeles City on January 16, 2020 (Thursday) and in Olongapo City on January 17, 2020 (Friday)

The U.S. Embassy's American Citizen Services (ACS) unit will be providing U.S. citizen services in Angeles City on January 16, 2020 and Olongapo City on January 17, 2020. The ACS team will be accompanied by representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Representatives from the Social Security Administration will also provide assistance.

Please click the link below for more information:

  1. PSA Angeles City Outreach
  2. PSA Olongapo City Outreach

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, at +(63) (2) 5301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63) (2) 5301-2000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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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!

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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.