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
|OR: PSC 517 Box 5000R
|FPO AP 96517
|Phone: [+63] 47-222-2314
|P.O. Box 075
|Fax: [+63] 47-222-2899
|Olongapo City, 2200 Philippines
|New Year's Day
|U.S. & PHL
|Mon, Jan. 1
|M. L. King Jr.
|Mon, Jan. 15
|1st Phil. Republic Day
|Tue, Jan. 23
|Chinese New Year
|Sat, Feb. 10
|Mon, Feb. 19
|EDSA People Power Revolution
|Sun, Feb. 25
|Thu, March 28
|Fri, March 29
|Sat, March 30
|Sun, March 31
|Bataan & Corregidor
|Tue, Apr. 9
|Tue, Apr. 9
|Phil. Labor Day
|Wed, May. 1
|U.S. Memorial Day
|Mon, May. 27
|Philippine Independence Day
|Wed, Jun. 12
|Sun, Jun. 16
|U.S. Independence Day
|Thu, Jul. 4
|Ninoy Aquino Day
|Wed, Aug. 21
|National Heroes Day
|Mon, Aug. 26
|U.S. Labor Day
|Mon, Sep. 2
|Mon, Oct. 14
|All Saints Day
|Fri, Nov. 1
|All Souls Day
|Sat, Nov. 2
|Mon, Nov. 11
|Thu, Nov. 28
|Mon, Nov. 30
|Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion
|Fri, Dec. 8
|U.S. & PHL
|Mon, Dec. 25
|Sat, Dec. 30
|New Year's Eve
|U.S. & PHL
|Sun, Dec. 31
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RAO Subic Office will be closed on the following Philippine and/or U.S. Holidays below:February
- February 09, 2024 (Friday) - Non Working Holiday
- February 10, 2024 (Saturday) - Chinese New Year
- February 19, 2024 (Monday) - Presidents Days
- February 25, 2024 (Sunday) - EDSA People Power Revolution
- March 28, 2024 (Thursday) - Maundy Thurs
- March 29, 2024 (Friday) - Good Friday
- March 30, 2024 (Saturday) - Black Saturday
- March 31, 2024 (Sunday) - Easter Sunday
SSA Payments for February
There are many posts all over FB and we are receiving a lot of emails regarding SSA payments for Feb. For the most part the suspension of SSA payments is reportedly due to FBU not receiving the SS 7162 "are you still alive letter" This happens when you may not have received it because you use a local address and Phil post doesn't deliver it, or your address has changed and you have not notified SSA. Regardless we can discuss all that at length but that doesnt get you your money. Download a copy of the SS 7162, you can fill out and mail to the shown address. (NO you cannot fax or email, your original signature is required on the form.) If you want a little better feeling it has been received by SSA you can send via courier. Happily we have found that they are staying pretty close to the advertised 7-10 business days to reinstate.
USA Military Directory
Hi folks, just wanted to pass on a link for an organization that assist in finding guys you served with have lost contact with and its free. I was a doubting Thomas as I had little info on my friend, but new where he grew up and his rank etc. I submitted the search on monday and couldnt believe when I got a reply on Tuesday, giving me emails and contact numbers for him. I've used a lot of search programs thru the years looking for him, but to no avail. In one day I got contact info and have resurrected our relationship that was lost for about 40 years. I was so amazed they could find him after all this time. Not sure what their source programs are but they are effective, Go ahead and join and search for a long lost buddy. I just sent a new one for another close fiend, waiting to see what happens there. Hope you have the same results!
It has been passed that a member has had life support removed. That is not the case, if and when that should happen we will provide notification. This rumor has had a detrimental effect on his spouse.
A VSO has notified me that a call was received asking about RAO service costs., and also the caller made accusations that I had charged widows to file their DIC claims and had charged a family 20% for handling the estate of a fallen Veteran. The caller is obviously a he she it, as they wouldnt give a name and had a blocked number. They also stated they were going to make a complaint with the Embassy. A word to the caller, Please do lodge a complaint with the Embassy, their number is 0253012000 ask for Director of ACS. Then we will find out who the gonadless wonder is who is trying to besmirch my reputation. Firstly I dont do the Widow paperwork, that is all handled by the Deputy Director, and we do not charge for it. Secondly, not a penny or peso has ever and will never be charged to a grieving family of a veteran in the handling of his estate. I do that as a volunteer and have done hundreds of them at no cost to the family. If the he she it, is among our readers, please come forward so I can have the opportunity to make you public as the prevaricator you are. Oh sorry your pea brain likely wouldnt know what that means.
Have a great long weekend and stay safe guys.
A MESSAGE FOR ALL VA BENEFICIARIES
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Manila Regional Office and Outpatient Clinic will provide services to our Veterans and beneficiaries
Questions regarding Annual B I registration here’s your choices
From a fellow Vet I decided to do my annual report and decided to participate in the clown show Local B I office this morning. I'll admit I didn't do pre online registration before heading to the clown show. Once there, SECURITY GUARD told me to go to internet provider across the hallway and have internet provide do my online registration. Once completed you get a reference number for Immigration to complete your annual report. Internet service charged 150 pesos to register. Annual report fee 310 Pesos. Took approx. 3 hours in total. Immigration office/officers extremely rude would entertain and questions just pointed to Main office if you had any questions and concerns. Mission accomplished.
I went to the field office in Balanga this morning… but I already read the new requirements and had my reference number ready to go… along with 310 php in exact change… took about 5 minutes for them to pull up my reference number, take a picture, review my ACR card and passport… and I was out the door with a receipt as I have the previous seven years. They were checking to ensure the ACR card was not expired, that the passport had the immigration visa stamp in it, and that all annual reports were there and no missing… if so, this would be the time to settle the outstanding fines… Got my receipt and was done.
B I office location Olongapo. Strategically located on the 6th floor of SM City Olongapo Downtown, at the intersection of Magsaysay Drive and Gordon Avenue, the new office will function as a central hub, (047) 224-2766
Good Morning, please note the end of the year operating hours for RAO Subic.
- 22 Dec Friday, Closed at 12:00 noon
- 25 Dec closed in celebration of the birth of Christ
- 26 Dec closed as declared non working Holiday
- 27 Dec open, will be mail day
- 28 Dec open 9-3
- 29 Dec open 9-3
New Year sched.
- 1 Jan New Years day closed
- 2 Jan closed declared non working holiday
- 3 Jan Open 9-3 Mail Day
Remote Services in Angeles City
Update Regarding Remote Services in Angeles City on December 12, 2023, and Olongapo City on December 13, 2023. This message contains additional venue and scheduling details for upcoming remote services events. Please read carefully if you are interested in attending one of these events.
Manila VA OPC has received a small amount of COVID19 Vaccine. Due to this limited supply, beginning December 4, 2023, anyone with a current scheduled clinic appointment will be offered the vaccine during their visit until our supply runs out. Please understand we will NOT have the ability to provide vaccine on a walk-in basis.
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Parkinson’s disease now covered under Camp Lejeune Family Member Program
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Family members of Veterans exposed to contaminated drinking water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. from Aug. 1, 1953, to Dec. 31, 1987, are now eligible for reimbursement of out-of-pocket health care costs associated with Parkinson’s disease.
TRICARE Open Season Is Here: Explore Your Health Plan Options
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – TRICARE Open Season begins Nov. 13. For many TRICARE beneficiaries, this is your chance to enroll in a health plan or change health plans for coverage that starts Jan. 1, 2024. You can make these changes through Tuesday, Dec. 12.
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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