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: firstname.lastname@example.org|
SPECIAL SOCIAL SECURITY OUTREACH
On September 19 (Thursday) Subic RAO at Mansion Garden Hotel (Dewey Avenue corner Bonifacio Street, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City, Zambales 2222)SPECIAL SOCIAL SECURITY OUTREACH
On September 20 (Friday) Subic RAO at Park Inn by Radisson (M.A. Roxas Highway, Barangay Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga 2010)
You MUST REGISTER so we can budget for refreshments
June 21, 2019 (Friday)
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|New Year's||U.S./PHL||Wed, Jan 1|
|M. L. King Jr.||U.S.||Mon, Jan 21|
|Chinese New Year||PHL||Tue, Feb. 5|
|Presidents Day||U.S.||Mon, Feb 18|
|Bataan & Corregidor||PHL||Tue, Apr 9|
|Maundy Thurs||PHL||Thu, Apr. 18|
|Good Friday||PHL||Fri, Apr. 19|
|Phil. Labor||PHL||Wed, May 1|
|U.S. Memorial||U.S.||Mon, May 27|
|Eid-ul-Fitr||PHL||Wed, Jun 5|
|Philippine Independence||PHL||Wed, Jun 12|
|U.S. Independence||U.S.||Thu, Jul 4|
|Ninoy Aquino||PHL||Wed, Aug 21|
|Heroes||PHL||Mon, Aug 26|
|U.S. Labor||U.S.||Mon, Sep 2|
|Columbus||U.S.||Mon, Oct 14|
|All Saints||PHL||Fri, Nov 1|
|Veterans||U.S.||Mon, Nov 11|
|Thanksgiving||U.S.||Thu, Nov 28|
|Bonifacio||PHL||Sat, Nov 30|
|Christmas||U.S./PHL||Wed, Dec 25|
|Rizal Day||PHL||Mon, Dec 30|
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October 14 - Columbus Day
Shipmates Reports to Final Duty Station:
A ceremony for Steve Avens will be held Wed. 9/11/19 at the VFW at 11:00. Guests are requested to remain quietly in the bar section pending the completion of a VFW meeting
Thank you to those who attended the moving and beautiful services performed by the VFW and FRA, yesterday. The services were a fitting farewell to a great man, brother, friend and shipmate. It was also observed that in attendance beside his family and friends, 8 past or present Commanders/ Directors of the service assistance organizations in Subic were in attendance, befitting of AECS Avens service to our country.
American Citizen Emergency Reaction Team (ACERT):
As previously announced, the RAO is assembling a team of member volunteers from the major cities and fair reaching areas of Zambales, Bataan and SBMA to assists the embassy liasions in fulfilling their charge of providing assistance to our citizens when it comes to emergencies and help in embassy matters. Although not fully assembled, yesterday events provided a test of that program. Liasons were engulfed in the Quagmire called Subic Bay Traffic and were unable to respond rapidly an ACERT Team member in the subject city was contacted and was able to respond and provide the information and assistance needed, and the embassy and other affected agencies were quickly notified. We are still accepting volunteers for these positions.
Don't Play With Your Meat, Prepare It Thoroughly:
Philippine authorities have issued a warning regarding preparation of pork, based on an as of yet identified swine disease. Which may pose a risk to humans if the pork is not thoroughly cooked, many pigs have been culled as a result of the disease.
SPECIAL SOCIAL SECURITY OUTREACH
Change to yesterdays newsletter, the VA RO WILL BE JOINING THE SSA OUTREACH on September 19. The VA clinic and VOC REHAB will not be attending. In the event that we receive additional information we will propagate it immediately as always. The VA clinic has decided to join the party on the 19th, they will have a nurse and Social worker on hand. They will be able to receive claims , give shots and assist in scheduling appointments.
United States Embassy Manila, Philippines
Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Administration Outreach in Olongapo City on September 19, 2019 and in Angeles City on September 20, 2019
U.S. Embassy representatives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will conduct outreach visits in Olongapo City on September 19 and in Angeles City on September 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. SSA will provide the following services:
Discuss basic entitlement requirements for the different types of Social Security benefits.
Develop benefit claims. Retirement and Disability applications can be done online at www.ssa.gov and do not require an interview.
Process Social Security number applications.
Resolve post-entitlement cases (e.g., change of address, report of death, Medicare enrollments, direct deposit enrollment, non-receipt of benefits, etc.)
To expedite your visit, please bring both original and photocopies of documents that you need to submit to SSA. The SSA representative will keep the photocopies and return the original documents to you. COPYING SERVICES WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THIS OUTREACH.
Please note that only representatives from the Social Security Administration will be present at these two outreach events. SS staff will be unable to answer questions regarding services from American Citizen Services (ACS), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), or the Department of Homeland Security - Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS-USCIS).
PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON A REGULAR EMBASSY OUTREACH AT THIS TIME
AA meetings are held Mon-Friday at RAO 12:00-13:00
HELP WITH "MY PAY" OR "EBENEFITS"
For those who may have trouble logging onto either of these programs, come by and we can assist
Reminder that VSO Verville is available by appt every Wed at the RAO, and beginning 24 Sept, VSO Houston will be available each Thursday by appt or walk-in
PARKING ON NATIONAL HIGHWAY TODAY
Baretto Barangay Capt. Angelito Baloy has advised that today (September 12th) there will be a clearing of National Highway. Read that no parking, or you will be ticketed and or towed, please pass the word. Thanks
LEARNING FROM OUR MISTAKES
A little while back we mailed the cremated remains of a veteran to his family in the states and although the package was carefully packed and no previous problems, the urn arrived in pieces and the ashes were all over the place. Somewhere along the mailing chain, the box was mishandled severely. When I received news of the calamity, I vowed not to have another family undergo that experience. Below you will see how well we learn. The urn on the left is made of marble and is sturdy if some element of care is used. The right side is the new Urns we will use for ALL future returns of our guys to their loved ones.