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December 2016

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Olongapo/Subic Information
 
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Helpful Links
   
 
 
 
 
Retired Activities Office
Subic Bay, Philippines
 
     
  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 Navy 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 OPERATION
0900 to 1500 Monday through Friday
        Closed on US and Philippine Holidays
 
 

 
Director
Jack Walker
USMC (Ret.)

Director
P.O. Box 075
Olongapo City, 2200
Philippines
OR: PSC 517 Box 5000R
FPO AP 96517-1000
Phone: [+63] 47-222-2314
Fax: [+63] 47-222-2899
Email: dir@raosubic.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
Important Announcement
RAO Dues

A reminder, renewal of dues for 2017 begins 1 Jan 2017. Due to an increase in operating costs there will be a small increase in dues next year. Currently it is $72.00 per year, this will increase to $75.00 per year effective 1 Jan 2017. We have been able to hold the line for 3 years now, but our costs have risen this year. The increase comes out to 25 cents a month, still a pretty good deal for all the services offered. Those paying prior to the 1st of Jan will still pay the $72.00 fee.  


FINAL REMINDER - Discontinuation of Additional Visa Pages for U.S. Passport

U.S. Embassy, Manila, Philippines

Message for U.S. Citizens: FINAL REMINDER - Discontinuation of Additional Visa Pages for U.S. Passport beginning on January 1, 2016

November 30, 2015

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD.

The U.S. Embassy wishes to remind U.S. citizens in the Philippines that the Department of State will discontinue the consular service of adding additional visa pages to U.S. passports beginning January 1, 2016. Requests for additional visa pages will still be accepted for existing passports through December 31, 2015.

Starting January 1, 2016, applicants who need extra visa pages will need to apply for a new passport book. Instructions on how to renew your passport or apply for visa pages for your existing passport can be found on our website http://manila.usembassy.gov/service/passports/renewal.html.


PASSPORT RENEWAL PAYMENT

A quick update on the payment for passports with demand draft through BPI bank.

We have become aware that in order to purchase a demand draft through BPI you have to have an account with the bank. I spoke with the manager at subic BPI and he has given the below recommendations for resolving this problem;

Option 1. Open a peso simple savings account for P200 and a p50 admin charge. Deposit the equivalent amount to $110.00 plus the cost of the draft. Then request the draft and send with your passport application.

Option 2. Open a dollar account, which requires a $500.00 deposit to start, deposit $110.00 and request the demand draft and send with your application.

Option 3. Find a friend who has a BPI account and give them the money for the draft and send with your application.


Certificates of Appreciation from U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg
Area Embassy Warden Norman Tuzon (Left) and District Embassy Warden Jack Walker (Right) receive Certificates of Appreciation from U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg

Philippine American Surviving Partner Support Club (PASPSC)

Philippine American Surviving Partner Support Club (PASPSC) Launching June 26, 2015

The RAO developed the PASPSC to start a community with the surviving partners to support each member through the impact of loss and the bureaucracy that goes with it.

Website: https://paspsc.wordpress.com/

Jocelyn Dahlman is the Lead of the PASPSC
Her contact email is paspsc@yahoo.com
or contact the RAO for further information.

 

FY 2014 VA Manila Handbook

Available for download: VA Manila Handbook 2014 (1.1MB)

 

All Concerned Military Retired & Dep ID's

ID Card initial issue is through JUSMAG at the embassy. Renewal for Retirees and widows is all done at JUSMAG. All others are done through mail in. See JUSMAG website on US Embassy page for instructions.

 
 
 
 
 
U.S./PHILIPPINE HOLIDAYS 2016
New Year's U.S./PHL Fri, Jan 1
M. L. King Jr. U.S. Mon, Jan 18
Chinese New Year PHL Mon, Feb 8
Presidents U.S. Mon, Feb 15
30th EDSA Anniversary PHL Fri, Feb 25
Maundy Thurs PHL Thu, Mar 24
Good Friday PHL Fri, Mar 25
Bataan & Corregidor PHL Sat, Apr 9
Phil. Labor PHL Sun, May 1
U.S. Memorial U.S. Mon, May 30
Philippine Independence PHL Sun, Jun 12
U.S. Independence U.S. Mon, Jul 4
Eid-ul-Fitr PHL Wed, July 6
Ninoy Aquino PHL Sun, Aug 21
Heroes PHL Mon, Aug 29
U.S. Labor U.S. Mon, Sep 5
Columbus U.S. Mon, Oct 10
All Saints PHL Tue, Nov 1
Veterans U.S. Fri, Nov 11
Thanksgiving U.S. Thu, Nov 24
Bonifacio PHL Wed, Nov 30
Christmas U.S./PHL Sun, Dec 25
Rizal Day PHL Fri, Dec 30

 

 
 
 
 
RAO STAFF
RAO Staff
From top left: Amelito De Guzman, Crispulo Bronil, Gloria Oliva De Guzman, Marife Tayabas, Lyca O. De Guzman, Ma. Emilina D. Doble, Nonoy L. Acma, Solomon D. Rico
Seated from left: Ken Kimura, Jack Walker, Jeff Robinson
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