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|
|New Year's||U.S./PHL||Fri, Jan. 1|
|M. L. King Jr.||U.S.||Mon, Jan. 18|
|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|
|Bataan & Corregidor||PHL||Fri, Apr. 9|
|Phil. Labor Day||PHL||Sat, May. 1|
|Eid-ul-Fitr||PHL||Wed, May. 12|
|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|
|Ninoy Aquino||PHL||Sat, 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||PHL||Mon, Nov. 1|
|Veterans Day||U.S.||Thu, Nov. 11|
|Thanksgiving||U.S.||Thu, Nov. 25|
|Bonifacio Day||PHL||Tue, Nov. 30|
|Christmas||U.S./PHL||Sat, Dec. 25|
|Rizal Day||PHL||Thu, Dec. 30|
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Philippine and U.S. Holiday
May 1, 2021 (Saturdayday) - Philippine Labor Day
May 12, 2021 (Wednesday) - Eid-ul-Fitr
May 31, 2021 (Monday)- U.S. Memorial Day
Date: 05/15/2021Health Alert: Quarantine Update (May 15-31, 2021)
Below are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government:
General Community Quarantine (GCQ) May 15, 2021, through May 31, 2021:
- NCR Plus
- Metro Manila
- Baguio City
- Mountain Province
- Nueva Viscaya
- Puerto Princesa
- Iligan City
- Davao City
- Lanao Del Sur
Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) May 15, 2021, through May 31, 2021:
- Santiago City
- Zamboanga City
All other areas are under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ). For quarantine classification protocols and regulations, visit the Philippine COVID -19 website. The Philippine government mandated all persons to wear full-coverage face shields together with face masks while in public places. Local governments continue to implement additional requirements to slow the virus’ spread.
Actions to Take:
- Monitor the Philippine Department of Health website and the Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage for updated information about conditions in the Philippines.
- Consult the Philippine’s National Task Force Against COVID-19 social media page for information and updates.
- U.S. Embassy in the Philippines: +63(2) 5301-2000 or ACSInfoManila@state.gov
- State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Philippines Country Information
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook
Date: 05/13/2021Taxes Cost
Can back taxes cost you your passport? In some cases – yes.
Our U.S. passport is your lifeline to travelling abroad, and as a U.S. expat, that fact has more weight than it does for other Americans.
Date: 05/13/2021PRA REOPENS FOR SRRV VISA BUSINESS
Date: 05/11/2021United States Embassy Manila, Philippines and United States Consular Agency Cebu, Philippines
American Citizen Services Update
Limited appointments for passport and citizenship services for U.S. citizens remain available at both the U.S. Embassy in Manila and the Consular Agency in Cebu. In light of the on-going pandemic, we are not providing walk-in services; you must have an appointment to enter the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines.
We encourage all eligible, adult U.S. citizens to renew their passports by mail, as in-person appointments will remain limited. For more information about the adult passport renewal process, including online fee payment, please see our website.
Emergency services remain available in both Manila and Cebu. If you need emergency assistance, such as to report the abduction of a U.S. citizen child, the arrest or death of a U.S. citizen, or if you have been the victim of a crime in the Philippines, please call us at +63 (02) 5301-2000 or email us at ACSInfoManila@state.gov.
Date: 05/11/2021Latest VA Announcement
I’m seeing a lot of comments on the news release by VA today. “VA offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations nationwide". Comments like why can’t VA Manila do that? Seems like many often forget the VA in the U.S. receives a lot more vaccine than we do here. They are not subject to limitations on walk-ins, and also that they began vaccinations back in January. Having received vaccine in the beginning of April, VAOPC is doing a tremendous job of vaccinating local Vets. Already a vast majority of our senior enrolled venerables has received their first dose, and VA has begun moving down the priority list. I have received many emails and FB messages, telling me of the positive experience our Vets are having at the clinic. “Professional, well oiled machine, very personable, and really quick”, are all phrases being used. As I think back a couple of months all we heard was VA has no plan and going so far as to pin the nickname of “no plan Dan” to the manager of the clinic. I hope those who were so consumed with second guessing and drawing up their own plans, are enjoying the taste of crow now, I have to ask if they would like to super size their drink with that. It has become vividly clear that the leadership had contingency plans and quickly implemented them when the vaccine was received. This kind of well supervised operation doesn’t suddenly appear overnight. It reminds me of the TV shows that give the warning “don’t try this at home” or leave this to the professionals. The VA and OPC has decades of experience in planning and administering healthcare, and it shows in this endeavor. Those who never planned anything larger than their kid’s birthday party or a unit happy hour have no business criticizing or offering their alternative plans. As the VAOPC is dependent upon the National VA for receiving the doses, I’m sure we will experience some lulls in the process but I for one am confident we will in short time have the majority of our Vets, spouses and care givers who want the vaccine, receiving it notwithstanding the complications endured by our Vets in outlying areas. The limitations of portability make that a very difficult situation. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the professionals in place at Manila VA.
Date: 05/09/2021Arrival Guide for non-OFWs and non-Filipino Nationals starting May 8, 2021
In compliance with Philippine government regulations, travelers arriving in the Philippines starting May 8, 2021 and onwards shall undergo 14 days of quarantine, 10 of which shall be observed at an accredited hotel or facility, and the remaining 4 to be completed at home under the monitoring of their respective Local Government Units. Travelers shall also undergo an RT-PCR test on the seventh day of their quarantine stay.
You must stay at a hotel accredited by our Tourism and Health Agencies while you wait for your scheduled test and the release of results. You can only check out from your hotel on the tenth day of your quarantine stay. Day 1 starts on your arrival date.
Date: 05/06/2021Whole Day Power Outage
RAO Subic will be closed on May 10, 2021 (Monday) because of a scheduled whole day power outage, thank you for your kind understanding.
Date: 05/03/2021Updated and Previous IATF Resolutions and Bureau of Immigration Advisories
Date: 04/27/2021U.S. EMBASSY CANCELS NOTARIAL APPTS FOR MAY 2021
Cancellation of Notarial Appointments Scheduled in May in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases and the ongoing travel and movement restrictions throughout the country, the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines have cancelled all notarial appointments scheduled for May 1, 2021, through May 31, 2021.
Date: 04/26/2021Subic Bay Freeport (SBF) Stakeholders
To all Subic Bay Freeport (SBF) Stakeholders, please do not forget to sign up with the free vaccine program of the Department of Health (DOH). SBMA needs to compile a list of individuals in our SBF Community who are interested to avail of the same for the consideration and allocation of vaccines by the DOH.
Date: 04/18/2021COVID-19 Vaccinations Updates
I am pleased to share with the Veteran community in the Philippines that VA Manila has been allocated its initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine. This has been a tremendous undertaking and required the collaboration of multiple Federal agencies. I appreciate the teamwork among these agencies that has gotten us to this point.
Date: 04/17/2021Launch of Online Fee Payment for Adult Passport Renewals
Launch of Online Fee Payment for Adult Passport Renewals. Beginning Monday, April 19, 2021, the U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines will begin accepting online fee payments for adult U.S. passport renewal applications.
Date: 04/05/2021Filing a VA Claim, the who, What and Where in the Philippines
The past week or so has been a whirlwind of questions and sometimes misinformation on filing a VA claim here. This was brought about by the withdrawal of accreditation of two former Veteran Services Officers (VSO's).
Date: 02/25/2021Renew an Adult Passport
If you already have a U.S. passport, you may be eligible to renew it, or change the name listed in your passport, by mail. If you’ve never had a U.S. passport or you are applying for child under age 16, you must apply for your passport in person.
We encourage all eligible U.S. citizens to renew their passports by mail. This will help us limit the spread of COVID-19; fewer people in our waiting room will make it easier for us to meet social distancing requirements
You can renew your passport by mail, or change your name in your passport by mail, if you can answer “yes” to all six statements below about your passport:
- You have your passport in your possession to submit with your application; Your passport is/was valid for 10 years
- It is undamaged other than normal wear and tear
- It was issued when you were age 16 or older
- It was issued within the last 15 years
- It was issued in your current name or you can document your legal name change.
If you answered “no” to any of these statements, you must apply in person to renew your passport; more information is available here.
If all the above statements are true, please follow these instructions:
- Gather these documents
Your most recent passport and a photocopy of the passport bio-data page. Include your passport card and a photocopy if you are also renewing your passport card.
Two passport photos. Attach one photograph to the application. To avoid processing delays, be sure your photo meets all the photo requirements.
- Staple the photo to the application (one staple vertically in each corner as close to the outer edges of the photo as possible).
- Do not bend the photo.
- You cannot wear eyeglasses in your passport photo (unless you have a signed note from your doctor that you can include with your application).
Completed and signed Form DS-82. Complete the form online at https://pptform.state.gov/. You may complete the form legibly by hand after printing it from https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds82.pdf. Remember to provide a valid e-mail address and local contact number on the application form. You must provide a Social Security Number (SSN), if you have been issued one, in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2714a and 22 C.F.R 51.60(f).
If you do not have an SSN, you must submit a signed statement including the phrase, “I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the following is true and correct: I have never been issued a Social Security Number by the Social Security Administration.” This declaration or statement of “No SSN” does not need to be notarized, but must be signed, dated, and submitted with your passport application. Click here for a sample declaration.
Include Name Change Documents (if applicable). If the name you are currently using is different from the name on your most recent U.S. passport, you must provide a certified copy of evidence of your legal name change. Examples of proof of a legal name change include:
- Marriage certificate
- Divorce decree
- Court-ordered name change
You must include a U.S.-dollar demand draft made out to “U.S. Embassy Manila” for $110 (if applying only for the passport book) or $140 (if applying for both the passport book and passport card). We accept U.S. dollar demand drafts from three (3) local banks: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Banco De Oro (BDO), and Security Bank Corporation (SBC). Please check with the bank for specific requirements. If you do not have a dollar account with one of these banks, you may submit a dollar demand draft drawn on the account of a friend or relative who does, as long as it is made out to “U.S. Embassy Manila.” We cannot accept demand drafts from any other financial institutions. Please do not include cash or personal checks with your application.
ATTENTION: PASSPORT TEAM
American Citizen Services (Consular Section)
U.S. Embassy, 1201 Roxas Boulevard, 1000 Manila
You may send your application to the Embassy through any courier service or traceable mail service. Air21 has a contracted pick-up and delivery service for adult passport renewals submitted to the Embassy. If you send your application via Air21, the one-time fee covers two-way service: pick-up of documents and delivery of the completed passport. You may call (02) 8879-4747, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., to arrange for Air21 to pick up your documents and deliver them to the Embassy. Please verify the courier fee with Air21 directly, as fees may vary based on location or change without prior notice.
Date: 01/13/20212021 Military & Veteran Benefits Survey
The FRA is conducting a survey to determine which military and veteran’s benefits are most important to active duty and Reserve personnel, retirees, veterans and their families. The survey is available online, www.surveymonkey.com and asks you to rate a variety of benefits and quality-of-life programs associated with your service to our nation.
The FRA is asking current and former military personnel and your spouses to share your opinions about the programs you value most. Your responses and comments will provide important reference information when we testify before Congress or meet one-on-one with lawmakers and their staff. We also share the results with elected officials on Capitol Hill, key committee staff, and leaders within the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs to ensure these crucial decision-makers understand your enlisted sea service perspective.
Coronavirus stimulus prepaid cards mailed in plain envelopes are not junk mail, IRS cautions
'Please do not throw it away,' government pleads The IRS is in the process of sending out about 4 million economic impact payments loaded onto prepaid debit cards – but Americans may not recognize the stimulus cash when they see it. The cards will arrive in a “plain envelope” from "Money Network Cardholder Services," the IRS said. Unsuspecting individuals could mistake the envelope for junk mail or even a credit card promotion, especially since many people are likely not aware their payment will be arriving on a prepaid card instead of in the form of a check. People cannot choose to have their payments sent this way. These 4 million individuals, who did not have direct deposit information on file with the tax agency, were selected by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service. CORONAVIRUS IRS STIMULUS PAYMENTS ON PREPAID DEBIT CARDS ARRIVING: WHAT TO KNOW
The Visa name appears on the front of the card, and MetaBank – the Treasury Department’s financial agent – appears on the bank. That may further confuse individuals who do not hold an account with Visa and who are unfamiliar with MetaBank.
An information sheet included with the card will explain what it is.
One sign you may have missed your card in the mail is if you receive a letter from the IRS, signed by President Trump, which details how much money you should have received.
These letters were expected to be sent two weeks after the economic impact payments. So what should you do if you think you may have mistaken your prepaid card for junk mail? One way you might want to address the issue is by calling the number at the bottom of the IRS letter, 800- 919-9835. The agency has recalled some staff who will be available to take phone calls. Further, if you believe you threw the card away or misplaced it, you can also follow directions specifically for the prepaid cards, which will allow you to block unauthorized transactions as well. The government provides information for people whose card is lost or stolen, which directs them to log in at EIPCard.com to block unauthorized transactions and call 1-800-240-8100 to report it. A spokesperson for the IRS directed FOX Business to the aforementioned web page for the cards, adding that the agency had nothing further to add at this time regarding what taxpayers should do if they think they may have accidentally trashed their payment.
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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