December 8, 2021

21 thoughts on “Calbayog City on the Rise

  1. I saw in FB this morning that there will be a Metro Hi-permarket built on Magsaysay. I believe Metro is part of the Ayala Malls since the department store at the Ayala Mall in Angeles City is named Metro. Calbayog City is certainly on the rise.

  2. John, you are now in the Tricare Overseas Program. The new provider has no bearing on Tricare Standard recipients in the Overseas Program. Calbayog City is also not in the Philippines “Demo” project so you should see little change if any to your coverage. The Tricare Prime folks in the states are the ones being screwed as those outside 50 miles from an MTF have to switch to the “Standard” plan and will now experience greater out-of-pocket costs.

    1. Yeah, it didn’t look like it would affect me. I got an answer to my email I sent Tricare and they didn’t mention anything about it. They did clarify my benefits though.
      I haven’t forgotten about Mondejeras Beach. In fact I plan to work on that map today. The internet was down, but since it is up, around 1:00pm, I’ll give it a look see.

    1. I looked at that George, but is it just for the Tricare West participates? Will it affect us here overseas? I was in Tricare South in Texas, so I guess a little more checking will be necessary for this.

      1. George thanks for the visit on 5 April. Of course I remembered you leaving a lot of comments, but I had a hard time remembering it all. Now that I read some of the comments, I remember. I hope you are able to make the get together on 12 April. Just come on by whenever on day and we can get started doing whatever it is people do at these get togethers. Everyone reading this just stop on by that day, preferably early afternoon. I’m starting to think that the 6:00pm might be too late to get started. Maybe I should make it at noon.

  3. Last year Nigel was treated for dehydration at a Catholic sanitarium? The wife said the nuns were very good and they brought him back to good health. I wasn’t there, as usual. All in all he spent four days there with Cheryl and my Father-in-law taking turns watching him. I’d like to visit the place to check it out as well as thank them personally. I haven’t seen it for myself but Cheryl said it was nice. The best part? Four days there was $700 US. I can only imagine what it would be here. That’s even less than my deductible!

    1. It’s always good for a ‘total’ hospital bill to be less than the deductible.
      I looked into, a little bit, on that Tricare becoming United Health that George mentioned, but I could not find anything. I did find a good website that helped me understand my Tricare a little better though. I sent them an e-mail for additional information.

    2. There is a sanitarium on the way to the airport. It is in San Policarpo and is called Calbayog Sanitarium and Hospital. It is just before the Marju Krisel Resort as you are heading for the airport. It is where my son had his circumcision last year.

      1. I believe that’s the same one Gary. I haven’t been inside but I would like to visit as it seemed they did fine work with my son.

  4. Hey John I don’t know how much you keep up with Tricare but I just received a letter today that there is going to be some changes in the works. The Gov gave contract to new provider. Its is now United Health care. They are asking for change to payments by Mar 10 to keep upto date. So I would go to Tricare site and read what is up.

  5. I have been to that hospital several times when wifes brother was dying from kidney problems. I watched doctor work on guy who came in with broken nose when coconut fell out of tree and hit him in face. I noticed that with all the blood spraying around the people and doctor was not even wearing gloves. From the scuttle I picked up this hospital is ran by the city and CKC to give nurses OJT when going through college nursing school. It is only 5 or 6 yrs since it was open. The Mayor UY was starting to build another hospital north of Calbayog on main road but have not heard if it was follow through since he was shot. There was a sign and road to where the hospital was to be built, but I did not see or hear if there was any progress. Supposely the reason he was building it was because people was having to pay up front or bill in full before leaving hospitals, even with Phihealth coverage.

    1. I didn’t notice anything strange when I was at the hospital, but I was in a lot of pain at the time from the gout. I heard about that hospital you are talking about, I was wondering about it. I hope they do get a hospital here that does not require paying up front first. Sometimes it just comes out to way too much, even for the Philippines.

  6. Calbayog City better slow down a little bit or I may have to move to the east coast! 😉 JK. Such rapid growth will launch Calbayog up the “most desirable” retirement cities list. Next step is to improve medical facilities. Hope someone is working on that one!

    1. ahhh yes, the medical facilities. My wife and I visited one of her cousins who was in the Calbayog City Hospital just off of Magsaysay to deliver her baby and I was stunned at how filty and disgusting it was. I had never seen anything like it before. There was a cat in the hallway (maybe the official rat killer?) and there was grime everywhere. I told my wife that if I ever have to be a patient there, she should just kill me. The private hospitals are supposedly better and cleaner but I have no desire to check them out.

      1. Gary that sounds like the same hospital I was in for a night. OLPIH, I think, I can never remember the name. When I was there it was not so bad (I didn’t see a cat), but it definitely was not like the cleanliness I was use to in the US. I heard that a new hospital was going to be built here, maybe in the Rawis area. When/If they do, I hope it is a hospital that accepts Tricare.

  7. A Puregold would be wonderful. There are three of them in Angeles City that I know of. There is a large one on the old Clark AFB, another large one in Dau and a Puregold Jr in Angeles City. They have items in bulk but you can also buy individual sizes. The great thing is they bring in a lot of American food products you can’t find anywhere else. They are pricey but worth it if you want some American food. They also sell furniture, appliances, clothes, etc.

    Add the Puregold to Gaisano and, hopefully, Robinsons and the new Mickey D’s and Calbayog is becoming more and more livable.

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