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RogerDat

Greetings! All I have got so far is double speak about where to get into the VA clinic in Manila.

The street they keep refuring to has NO doorway, or driveway on it to get into the place. Why the mistry. Even the map VA published is obscured with a picture of what the facility was SUPPOSED to look like in the building plans

Anyone actually been thare to the new clinic lately?

Thanks.

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Yeah, they need some signs sticking out in the hallways so you can just look down and see if what you need is in that hallway. I was also annoyed they would say "You need to go see nickname" but of c

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If you will only be coming here in 3 month stints, bring all your meds with you and avoid dealing with the Manila VA clinic.

afmayer

Greetings! All I have got so far is double speak about where to get into the VA clinic in Manila.

The street they keep refuring to has NO doorway, or driveway on it to get into the place. Why the mistry. Even the map VA published is obscured with a picture of what the facility was SUPPOSED to look like in the building plans

Anyone actually been thare to the new clinic lately?

Thanks.

 

I have been there several times. Easy to get to from airport (right off Roxas and Libertad St.). The below directions should help you. (click on the picture).

 

http://manila.usembassy.gov/us-agencies2/veterans-affairs.html

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cebubird

Just drive into the entrance to old embassy and turn left and the entrance is only about 100 feet away.

If going by taxi, just tell driver the old American Embassy.

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I have been there several times. Easy to get to from airport (right off Roxas and Libertad St.). The below directions should help you. (click on the picture).

 

http://manila.usemba...ns-affairs.html

Greetings! Two rights should put me on F B Harrison across from Pasay City Hall correct?
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afmayer

Greetings! Two rights should put me on F B Harrison across from Pasay City Hall correct?

 

Not sure what you mean. If you are coming from the airport, you will travel down Roxas ... the clinic will be on the right hand side just before the Roxas Blvd./Libertad St. pedestrian cross-over. If coming from the US Embassy direction, the clinic will be on the left side of Roxas right after the Roxas Blvd./Libertad St. pedestrian cross-over.

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Are you driving or taking a taxi?

 

If you are driving - refer to the instructions provided.

 

If taking a taxi - tell the driver it is right next to Cuneta Astrodome

 

The guards will direct you to the correct entrance

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The directions given by afmayer et al are accurate. You must leave your cell phone, camera, passport, cigarettes, lighter at the front desk. Usually you need a VA card to get in but if you tell the guard you are there to apply for benefits, they will reluctantly let you in. The edifice houses two functions, the Medical Clinic and the VA Regional Office. You need to tell the guard if you have business with the Clinic (they cannot ask you any more questions) or the Region.

 

High security and obfuscation are brought to you by the DHS and an abject fear of a terrorist attack.

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Greetings! I went there on Friday. It is on Roxas Blvd. service road just before the corner of Roxas and Libertad.

Unlike the old one, it is bright and white. The new asphalt and security post draw the eye, even from a speeding taxie, it is appparent it is a U.S. facility.

The chairs are local, so if you have problems getting up from a low weak seat like I do, look out!

it is a maze inside, no good refrence points, alll white, and no pictures on the walls to use as refrence. BRING a good jacket!

22 degrees C! I had chills, and goose bumps the first time in years. They got a local vinder to get coffy from in the outer waiting area, it is like a nice picknic area.

The automatic doors are a pain in the A--, I could barely get them to open. They are having start up problems in my opinion, hope they get them straight before next year.

Now about Cebu Pacific, good on time schedule. BUT from the plain to the exit it was about a kilometer or more in Manila NAIA 3, slideways, and escalators out of service, AND a boarding stairs like from the 1970! If you have mobility issues, find another airline, Got bact to Mactan, same ladder/stairs, parked at vehicle parking lot area of tarmac, entered at exit end of arrival area. NO lighting outside, construction junk all over the walk area, I had leg cramps by the time I got to my car.

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Yeah, they need some signs sticking out in the hallways so you can just look down and see if what you need is in that hallway. I was also annoyed they would say "You need to go see nickname" but of course nicknames aren't listed on the name placards so you wonder around a while until someone notices you're lost. I don't care what they call each other but whatever they use should be on the door.

 

Yes, isn't NAIA 3 wonderful. Get off the plane but no you can't use the nice enclosed gangway to get to the terminal. You have to climb down the rickety slippery portable stairs and then you can't just walk the 40 meters to the door, you have to spend five minutes loading a bus to drive you the 40 meters. Then it's unload the bus to climb another stairs to get where? The other end of the nice enclosed gangway. WTFO?

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Being lost and not getting there 1/2 hour before your appt is no excuse. They'll work you in when there's an opening which is usually 30 minutes before your flight back to Cebu. Most of the airport taxis know where the VAOC is now. Ask the driver before you leave so if he doesn't know he can ask another driver.

Good luck

 

 

Nothing I have written here is intended to be derogatory of the Philippines or Filipinas and in no manner reflect on their morals and virtues.

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One difficulty getting there for me is that I see it just before I get there on Roxas and by then it's a bit late to turn right into the parking area. Realizing it will take a good 5 minutes or more to get back to the entrance I just tell the hack to pull over and I hop out on Roxas and climb over the barrier. Not too high but not a good option for those with mobility problems.

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Come on you guys - where are you from - Every VA Facility I have been inside of in the US has been huge - you have to go to one floor for your blood draws, another floor for X-Rays. If you have to see a specialist you still need to go to a third floor or may back to the basement and finally still another floor or the opposite end of the building to see your Primary Care Doc.

 

The Clinic here is all on one floor and once you have been enrolled you are assigned a Team with a color code - so who cares what nurse is assigned to you today - the Color is the same and the Color is on the doors - You enter the first door walk straight pass the Travel Reimbursement window to the Blood Draw, make a u - turn, turn in your Travel Expenses, continue down the hall where you are usually met by your Team Nurse - she does the Vitals and escorts you to your doctor. You return to the Nurse who will run some follow up tests and delivery you to your PRA he/she will set up the next appointments or give you instructions on contacting him as your appointment date grows closer. The PRA will instruct you to go to the Pharmacy and/or Travel to pick up your meds and/or your expense money. Go back to the Guard station to pick up your cell phones - Did you know that many of the Guards are from the Visayan Islands? They speak Cebuano and get a kick out of being greeted in the dialect. Walk out the door to the street and flag a taxi and off you go

 

I have found that the al a cart method of making reservations on Cebu Pacific and other airlines doesn't save that much money for the hassle and now that you are saying you board on the 1960-70's outside stairs - forget it - at least on PAL I get some airline miles. Just my humble opinion

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Greetings! On 10 feb, 2012, we were informed no longer would priority fasting personnel be given priority. I got to eat what i brought at 10 AM. We were screened OUTSIDE the gard shack on the public street BEFORE we were allowed to enter. It took 10 minuits to get 25 people in. We sat OUT side the facility in the gazeebo area for another 30 min. We wer screaned again, when we got in the sign in area, were were told again NO priority for fasting. That causes a discussion amoung the cranky ones for sure you know. DOCTORS ORDERS the cleark said, no exceptions, screanned by guard again just like we were in basic and were a bunch of idiots who can't be trusted. Finely signed in. Went toware inner door, it was almost LOCKED, and required extream force to open it. Got in finely to inner treatment area. There are NO COLORS on the door, only place cards with SMALL print. It is a maze of hall ways, all look alike. I got my blood drawn, went to doctors room, was told, ALL DOCTORS were in a meeting till 0930!!! WHY the rush to get us to their rooms if they were not going to be there???

In short, they PISSED abouit 35 vet to the max. It took till 12 noon to get everyone settled down. All you heard was threats to send letters to congressmen, and senitors from the whole bunch. I really hope whoever is in charge of that place gets that clown from binifits out of the VA crew. The medical staff were all on edge. they did their jobs, but were obviously under stress of some kind. My counseler actually encouraged me to file for additional benifits, and told me who to contact to get around the system!!! SOMTHING IS ROTTEN IN DENMARK!!

 

By the way, did you see that etched glass EXIT signs on the guard house doors? Visiable from all of ten feet away!

And how about the stairs to the main entrance, and handicapped non accessiable doors and entry ways on the ramp? with no assistant, you cannot get in, and good luck getting out if the power fails.

I am getting old like everyone else. I need simple situations, and building layouts, like the old VA. Stateside VA facilities are convenuantly laid out, Manila VA is not. It is like a modern county jail holding and screanning area. It is confusing, has doors and chairs, ramps, and such that are not handicapped frirendle. I liked the old facility much better.

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ft_chief

Greetings! On 10 feb, 2012, we were informed no longer would priority fasting personnel be given priority. I got to eat what i brought at 10 AM. We were screened OUTSIDE the gard shack on the public street BEFORE we were allowed to enter. It took 10 minuits to get 25 people in. We sat OUT side the facility in the gazeebo area for another 30 min. We wer screaned again, when we got in the sign in area, were were told again NO priority for fasting. That causes a discussion amoung the cranky ones for sure you know. DOCTORS ORDERS the cleark said, no exceptions, screanned by guard again just like we were in basic and were a bunch of idiots who can't be trusted. Finely signed in. Went toware inner door, it was almost LOCKED, and required extream force to open it. Got in finely to inner treatment area. There are NO COLORS on the door, only place cards with SMALL print. It is a maze of hall ways, all look alike. I got my blood drawn, went to doctors room, was told, ALL DOCTORS were in a meeting till 0930!!! WHY the rush to get us to their rooms if they were not going to be there???

In short, they PISSED abouit 35 vet to the max. It took till 12 noon to get everyone settled down. All you heard was threats to send letters to congressmen, and senitors from the whole bunch. I really hope whoever is in charge of that place gets that clown from binifits out of the VA crew. The medical staff were all on edge. they did their jobs, but were obviously under stress of some kind. My counseler actually encouraged me to file for additional benifits, and told me who to contact to get around the system!!! SOMTHING IS ROTTEN IN DENMARK!!

 

By the way, did you see that etched glass EXIT signs on the guard house doors? Visiable from all of ten feet away!

And how about the stairs to the main entrance, and handicapped non accessiable doors and entry ways on the ramp? with no assistant, you cannot get in, and good luck getting out if the power fails.

I am getting old like everyone else. I need simple situations, and building layouts, like the old VA. Stateside VA facilities are convenuantly laid out, Manila VA is not. It is like a modern county jail holding and screanning area. It is confusing, has doors and chairs, ramps, and such that are not handicapped frirendle. I liked the old facility much better.

 

Wow!!! Did not know things were that bad at the Manila VA clinic. I would be calling the VA hotline and submitting a formal complaint.

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Bill H

:banghead: :D Funny! Yup look at the VA and see America's medical care system in 10 years! Scary thought that. If you think the VA treats vets with mobility issues poorly, try being a deaf vet and see how bad they can really get you! Pathetic.

 

That said, the Manila clinic is one of the better VA clinics I've been to. I've learned over the years to go to the VA with very low expectations, then I'm rarely disappointed and sometimes even pleasantly surprised. I hear you about those big ass doors. They are bomb proof and bullet proof (sort of) and if there was a power failure, you would be in deep sheet.

 

As always with the VA, be forgiving, have low expectations and you'll be just fine. If you are seriously sick, go to a private doctor though, you'll probably live longer that way.

 

Bill

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