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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

 


January NewsLetter
(January 2021)

PHOTOS:


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

U.S./PHILIPPINE HOLIDAYS 2021
New Year's Day U.S. & PHL Fri, Jan. 1
M. L. King Jr. U.S. Mon, Jan. 18
1st Phil. Republic Day PHL Sat, Jan. 23
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
Black Saturday PHL Sat, Apr. 3
Easter Sunday PHL Sun, Apr. 4
Bataan & Corregidor PHL Fri, Apr. 9
Phil. Labor Day PHL Sat, May. 1
Eid-ul-Fitr PHL Thu, May. 13
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
Eid al-Adha PHL Sun, Jul. 20
Ninoy Aquino Day PHL Tue, Aug. 21
National Heroes Day PHL Mon, Aug. 30
U.S. Labor Day U.S. Mon, Sep. 6
Columbus Day U.S. Mon, Oct. 11
All Saints Day PHL Mon, Nov. 1
All Souls Day PHL Tue, Nov. 2
Veterans Day U.S. Thu, Nov. 11
Thanksgiving U.S. Thu, Nov. 25
Bonifacio Day PHL Tue, Nov. 30
Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion PHL Wed, Dec. 8
Christmas Day U.S. & PHL Sat, Dec. 25
Rizal Day PHL Thu, Dec. 30
New Year's Eve U.S. & PHL Fri, 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, 2021 (Monday) - All Saints Day (PHL)
  • November 2, 2021 (Tuesday) - All Souls Day (PHL)
  • November 11, 2021 (Thursday) - Veterans Day (U.S.)
  • November 25, 2021 (Thursday) - Thanksgiving (U.S.)
  • November 30, 2021 (Tuesday) - Bonifacio Day (PHL)
December
  • December 8, 2021 (Wednesday) - Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion (PHL)
  • December 25, 2021 (Saturday) - Christmas Day (U.S. & PHL)
  • December 31, 2021 (Thursday) - Rizal Day (PHL)
  • New Year's Eve (Friday) - New Year's Eve (U.S. & PHL)

RAO Subic Yearly Calendar

Click here to view and to download the RAO Subic Calendar for this year 2021.


RAO Subic Updates
Date: 10/23/2021
Manila VA Outpatient Clinic Announcements and Reminders

VA Manila will have staff available by phone, email and secure message this weekend for Veterans to schedule COVID-19 booster doses. Right now, these boosters are for Veterans who received 2nd doses of Pfizer vaccine at VA Manila between May 10 - May 29, 2021.

Click here to read more.


Are You Ready for Open Season? Don’t Forget to Update DEERS

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – We’re less than a month away from TRICARE Open Season. That means it’s time to start thinking about your and your family’s health care needs for next year. Are you planning to make changes to your TRICARE plan? Will you be enrolling in a new plan for the first time or staying in the plan you already have? Regardless of your situation, make sure you show up as eligible for TRICARE in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

Click here to read more.


Date: 10/22/2021
CDC guidelines for 2021 holidays: How to celebrate safely

As the 2021 holiday season approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, families and friends will once again determine whether – and how – to safely congregate.

In updated guidance, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended several ways to celebrate the holidays and protect the health of Americans and their loved ones.

Click here to read more.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Takes Additional Actions on the Use of a Booster Dose for COVID-19 Vaccines

To support the authorization for emergency use of a single booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, the FDA analyzed immune response data from 149 participants 18 years of age and older from the original clinical studies who received a booster dose at least 6 months after their second dose and compared it to the immune responses of 1,055 study participants after completing their two-dose series. The antibody response of the 149 participants against SARS-CoV-2 virus 29 days after a booster dose of the vaccine demonstrated a booster response.

Click here to read more.


Date: 10/19/2021

VA OPC MANILA is in receipt of PFIZER, Booster shots for Veterans, who have previously received the Pfizer vaccine 1st and 2nd dose at the VA Manila Clinic during April and May 2021.

If you do not qualify as described above, this announcement does not pertain to you.

For information on other vaccinations, boosters or persons, you should direct your questions to the VA.

VA will make the announcement shortly and begin scheduling. The first date available for receiving the booster is , 20 November, a Saturday. 2d date is Dec 5 and then December 6. The RAO will once again schedule the shots and provide van pools for those in need of transportation, at P1,800 per rider. Scheduling at this time is for 20 Nov, leaving the RAO at 0600 arriving VA near 0900. Anticipate a little longer trip this time as we only have 3 schedule days, so there will be a lot of folks to get through in a short time. The RAO vans will not make stops to pick up pax from other localities, outside of the greater Subic Bay area. Please contact the VFW or RAO in your locale if needed. RAO is scheduling for 20 Nov only at this time. There may not be sufficient passengers remaining after this date to make it feasible for vans on the subsequent dates, so please do not wait.

If you desire to participate in the RAO van pool we will do your scheduling, if not you will be able to contact VA on your own, and provide your own transportation. You will need to call 0472222314 or use this email address to schedule and reserve your seat. Please provide your full name, and last 4 of social security number. All fares will need to be received no later than 12 November. If not rec’d by then we will open your seat to other vets. Past trips have taught us a lesson, so there will be no reimbursement as the vans are reserved ahead of time and have to be paid regardless.

We have no word on other boosters which may be scheduled later, please don’t ask. This booster is for Veterans who have rec’d their 1st and 2d dose of Pfizer at the Manila VA clinic. Period. If you have questions that are not covered here please contact VA.

Please verify now that you still have your vaccination card, as you will need it.


Date: 10/18/2021
U.S. will accept mixed doses of vaccines from international travelers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said late on Friday that it will accept mixed-dose coronavirus vaccines from international travelers, a boost to travelers from Canada and other places.

The CDC said last week that it would accept any vaccine authorized for use by U.S. regulators or the World Health Organization. "While CDC has not recommended mixing types of vaccine in a primary series, we recognize that this is increasingly common in other countries so should be accepted for the interpretation of vaccine records," a CDC spokeswoman said.

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Date: 10/17/2021
NEW VAX CARD RULES FOR BALIKBAYANS. Not for foreigners with no filipino family attachments.

BALIKBAYANS from the United States and Canada will have an easier time coming home this holiday season as government eased the documentary requirements for their entry into the Philippines.

Tourism Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Edwin R. Enrile told the BusinessMirror that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved the presentation of “state digital or physical vaccination certificates” for foreign nationals vaccinated abroad, “which will allow New York and California residents to come in with their Healthvana and Excelsior [records],” as in the case of US residents.

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ARE THEY DISMANTLING SUBIC CHECKPOINT??????

Not Sure if it is true, but we passed the Checkpoint today with a super heavy Traffic before said. Both lanes towards Subic where closed and it looked like some work going on. Once we reached the actual checkpoint we asked what they are doing, and they told us dismantling it. Hope this is true.


Date: 10/13/2021
Happy Birthday to our Shipmates!!!!!!

"A good Navy is not a provocation to war. It is the surest guaranty of peace." - Theodore Roosevelt

"I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: 'I served in the United States Navy.'" - John F. Kennedy

October 13 marks the birthday of the U.S. Navy, which traces its roots back to the early days of the American Revolution. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress established a naval force, hoping that a small fleet of privateers could attack British commerce and offset British sea power.

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All adults now eligible to get vaccine vs Covid

WITH the arrival of more vaccine supplies in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, announced the start of the vaccination of the general adult population against coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

However, local government units (LGUs) are urged to put up special lanes for senior citizens and persons with comorbidities who have yet to receive the vaccine.

Click here to read more.


Date: 10/12/2021
Public Advisory

Date: 10/09/2021
Reduction of Quarantine Requiremnets in Philippines IATTF Resolution 142

Currently the U S is on the yellow list. Please note the boldened area's below. You can comply with the requirements if you have a BOQ issued "yellow card." Instructions on how to obtain this has been published previously in this group, please search topics. The verbiage regarding a digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement, I am still researching. There is a system in the U S called VAMS which carries a digital record of vaccinations for Americans. I am trying to see if we can enter our info into it. The 2d part of that is to find if it has been recognized under the VaxCertPH agreement, will advise. Still a lot of research to do, so at this point would appreciate no questions please. Thanks.

Click here to read more.


Manila VA Outpatient Clinic

VA Manila continues to press forward with expanding our face-to-face appointment availability at the Clinic. With this, we continue to see an increasing number of Veterans scheduled for and coming to in-person appointments, and I must admit, it’s great to see so many familiar faces again after the long absence due to the pandemic. We had a nice crowd in our lobby today, and if this keeps up, I will plan to resume my Friday Town Halls with Veterans soon.

Click here to read more.


Veterans Crisis Line

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

Click here to read more.


Date: 10/06/2021
J&J seeks US clearance for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses

WASHINGTON -- Johnson & Johnson asked the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to allow extra shots of its COVID-19 vaccine as the U.S. government moves toward expanding its booster campaign to millions more vaccinated Americans.

J&J said it filed a request with the FDA to authorize boosters for people 18 and older who previously received the company's one-shot vaccine. While the company said it submitted data on several different booster intervals, ranging from two to six months, it did not formally recommend one to regulators.

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Mahalagang Pabatid

Ang lahat ng pampubliko at pribadong sementeryo at kolumbaryo sa Lungsod ng Olongapo ay sarado para sa mga bibisita sa kanilang mga yumaong kaanak mula sa ika-30 ng Oktubre hanggang ika-2 ng Nobyembre taong kasalukuyan.

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Date: 10/05/2021
Attention K-Mart Shoppers!

As previously announced the RAO membership will be P3700 for 2022, due to increased operating costs and a number of folks going back to the states to escape the restrictions placed on every day living here. As an incentive to reward those who stayed and pay early, we will be reducing the 2022 dues to P3500, beginning 15 October through 31 December. Don’t miss out on this blue light special.


VA Special Training Session

Please join us in our latest training event on October 27, 2021, 9:00 AM Manila time.

Our special group of trainers is from the Office of General Counsel Accreditation's, Discipline and Fees.

    They will be discussing the following:
  • How an individual can obtain accreditation as a Claims Agent or Veteran Service Organization Representative
  • The standard of conduct they must follow
  • Restrictions around charging fees
  • What to consider when selecting representation

This training will definitely help our Veteran community! Awareness of these facts will aid us in making sound decisions regarding representation.

Please invite your friends or colleagues who would like to participate in this training.

Hope to see you all!


Date: 10/01/2021

This is another one of those announcements that is applicable to U S only. When and if it will be expanded to OSEAS Vets remains to be seen. What we do know is that under current interpretation of the Save Lives Act, VAOPC can only provide vaccines to "Enrolled Vets". There is a small group who are asking a couple of members of Congress to lobby the administration to issue an Executive Order to change this so all Vets, Spouses and Caregivers, can receive Vaccines and Booster shots. If this were to happen, it would appear the first "booster" shots would be Pfizer, as that is what was given back near the beginning of May, so the earliest boosters could begin somewhere near early Nov. I'm sure VA Manila is making contingency plans in the event, they are given any vaccines for boosters. The announcement pretty much sets the priorities for who gets the booster, but some questions that might arise after that, would be if VA Manila is authorized to give the Pfizer booster, and they receive sufficient supplies, would they be able to give boosters to those who got their original series from local governments? If the Vet or family who got the original series at VA and now have the "Yellow card" is VA permitted to stamp the booster in the card? Will there be additional supplies that would permit those Vets, Spouses and Caregivers to get the original series of Vacs, A lot of questions we guys on the receiving end will have to wait for answers for. Wouldnt want to be the guy on the other end who has to answer all those evolving possibilities, but fortunately VA leadership had a very successful and smooth evolution when faced with the initial vaccinations and our Vet community reaped the rewards of their experience, hard work and planning. Would expect it to have similar results in round Deux.

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


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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.