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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

 


October NewsLetter
(October 2022)

September NewsLetter
(September 2022)


PHOTOS:


Christmas Feeding Program
December 24, 2021 (Friday)


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

U.S./PHILIPPINE HOLIDAYS 2022
U.S.
New Year's Day U.S. & PHL Fri, Jan. 1
M. L. King Jr. U.S. Mon, Jan. 17
1st Phil. Republic Day PHL Sun, Jan. 23
Chinese New Year PHL Tue, Feb. 1
President's Day U.S. Mon, Feb. 21
EDSA People Power Revolution PHL Fri, Feb. 25
Bataan & Corregidor PHL Sat, Apr. 9
Maundy Thurs PHL Thu, Apr. 14
Good Friday PHL Fri, Apr. 15
Black Saturday PHL Sat, Apr. 16
Easter Sunday PHL Sun, Apr. 17
Phil. Labor Day PHL Sub, May. 1
Eid-al-Fitr PHL Mon, May. 2
U.S. Memorial Day U.S. Mon, May. 30
Philippine Independence Day PHL Sun, Jun. 12
U.S. Independence Day U.S. Mon, Jul. 4
Eid al-Adha PHL Sat, Jul. 9
Ninoy Aquino Day PHL Sun, Aug. 21
National Heroes Day PHL Mon, Aug. 16
U.S. Labor Day Mon, Sep. 5
Columbus Day U.S. Mon, Oct. 10
All Saints Day PHL Tue, Nov. 1
All Souls Day PHL Wed, Nov. 2
Veterans Day U.S. Fri, Nov. 11
Thanksgiving U.S. Thu, Nov. 24
Bonifacio Day PHL Wed, Nov. 30
Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion PHL Thu, Dec. 8
Christmas Day U.S. & PHL Sunday, Dec. 25
Rizal Day PHL Fri, Dec. 30
New Year's Eve U.S. & PHL Sat, 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, 2022 - All Saints Day
  • November 2, 2022 - All Souls Day
  • November 11, 2022 - Veterans Day
  • November 24, 2022 - Thanksgiving Day
  • November 30, 2022 - Bonifacio Day
December
  • December 8, 2022 - Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion
  • December 25, 2022 - Chrstmas Day
  • December 30, 2022 - Rizal Day
  • December 31, 2022 - New Year's Eve

RAO Subic Updates
Date: 11/23/2022
IMPORTANT NOTICE!!!!!!!!!

Regarding my previous post about Another way to say goodbye." Since sending the post I have received a ton of FB comments, emails and even phone calls at 6 in the morning, sending me well wishes, prayers and blessings. I was somewhat astounded by all this. The post quotes a response I received from a informational email I sent out. It was not my final goodbye as some misinterpreted. I am alive and kicking and doing well. (probably to the chagrin of some haha), the outpouring of concern is much appreciated, guess I didnt realize how many appreciate what we post. I think either I need to learn to write better or some need to learn to read better, particular apologies for those who called and had a dead man answer. Although I did die 12 years ago, I'm doing fine now, As Samuel Clemens once remarked, " the reports of my death have been much exaggerated". God Bless all.


A DIFFERENT WAY TO SAY GOODBYE

As many might suspect, along with all the info I put out on the 7 veteran and citizen FB group pages I am involved in, I also send thousands of emails each month. I get all kinds of responses good and bad, but this one really kinda caught me off guard, what a great way to continue ones legacy.

To all my families and friends: if you get this email, it means I am no longer able to respond due to a serious condition or I am already DEAD. Thank you for all the happy memories. I may not be perfect but I've done my best. The best way I know how. To my children, my grandkids, although I never seen you in a long time I am always thinking about you, praying for happy and safe life. I am satisfied the way everything turned out, I raised good, respectable children. May you continue to love, take care of your families like I love and protected you. Goodbye to all. See you on the other side.


USDA blames Russia for rising price of Thanksgiving dinner

The United States has one of the mightiest militaries in the world, there's no doubt about that. In fact, many would agree that it is the most powerful fighting force the world has ever seen. With bases all over the globe, this military is spread over an expanse of land that would make even Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar green with envy. Although countries like China and maybe Russia have some advanced and numerous military forces, they would both have to team up to have even a slim chance of defeating the US Armed forces in conventional armed conflict.

Of course, that would be very rare, since several superpowers these days are armed with enough nukes to blow each other up several times over. Because everyone has a metaphorical gun to each other's head, peace is ensured. Ironic. But there are instances in the past, present, and possible future where proxy wars show how the US army operates. This fighting force has a rich history, and some interesting facts surround this powerful military. People who have served know all about the US Armed Forces. But how well do you know the US Military? Take the quiz and find out for yourself.


Date: 11/16/2022
How Well Do You Know The US Military?

The Department of Agriculture says Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine is one reason why your Thanksgiving dinner costs more than it did last year.

A USDA memo this month said turkey prices will be higher because of this year’s outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), which led to the death of 8 million turkeys in 2022. But USDA also said "Russia’s war on Ukraine and drought across the United States" are other factors that are "pushing up the price of Thanksgiving staples."

Click here to read more.


Large underwater volcano likely erupting beneath Pacific Ocean's surface, scientists warn

A large submarine volcano is likely erupting deep beneath the Pacific Ocean.

However, scientists don't know for sure because the Ahyi Seamount is so inaccessible.

Located in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said Monday that all indications point to the volcano beginning to erupt in mid-October when hydroacoustic sensors at Wake Island began to record signals consistent with such activity.

Click here to read more.


Date: 11/15/2022
United States Air Force Recruiter Visit

Date: 11/10/2022
RAO Subic Activities

Please be advised RAO will be closed 11 Nov for Veterans Day, and Nov 24th for Thanksgiving.

The tentatively scheduled USN recruitment visit, has been postponed. They hope to come next quarter, funding permitting.

Nov 16 0900, Free eye exam at RAO.


Date: 11/06/2022
VERY INTERESTING MEDICAL STUDY

You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you should never pick your friends nose, and by all means dont pick a rats nose!

Click here to read more.


Date: 11/05/2022
This may seem somewhat controversial but in the interest of transparency...

Last year marked both the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the tragic fall of Kabul, Afghanistan; the beginning and end of a 20-year war that will forever define the current generation. We stand here today at an important inflection point as a nation. A generation of men and women who bravely volunteered to protect their beloved nation had a simple expectation that this nation would in turn always protect them. Currently, we are failing these veterans. After 20 years of mental and physical scars, thousands of veterans are forced to travel to other countries to receive life-saving mental health treatments coming in the unexpected form of psychedelics.

Click here to read more.


Tricare and FEDVIP open seasons begin Nov. 14; what you need to know

With Tricare open season approaching, it’s time to start thinking about whether you need to make changes.

Open season starts Nov. 14 and ends Dec. 13.

During that time, you can enroll in a health plan, change health plans or switch between individual and family enrollment. You can also remain in the plan you have, of course.

Click here to read more.


Meet the American who first commanded the Marines: Revolutionary War hero Samuel Nicholas

Major Samuel Nicholas enjoys a distinction in the heroic history of the United States Marine Corps that will never be supplanted.

He was the first Marine.

The Philadelphia Quaker, orphaned as a 7-year-old boy, answered the call of a rebellious new nation and organized the first battalions of Continental Marines in Philadelphia in November 1775, in the early days of the American Revolution.

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.