Serving the Poor in the Southern Philippines

(501c3 U.S. non-profit)

71 Miantonomi Ave., Middletown, RI 02842 U.S.A.

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Lingkod Timog
conducts charitable, educational, cultural, medical and life enrichment activities to needy areas in the Philippines. We strive to alleviate poverty while strengthening relations between the Philippines and the United States.



The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.
-Abraham Lincoln

HISTORY:  Lingkod Timog was founded by Cecilia Heredia and Irene Sabban, two Philippine naval officer wives with the humble desire to provide service to their impoverished Filipino brothers and sisters.  "With their gifts of beauty and grace they decided to shed their light to others in God's name."  Irene recognized that the poor in Zamboanga needed urgent medical attention.  Because many of them happen to be Muslims, they are discriminated upon because of their religious beliefs, particularly in an age of global terrorism.  However, they are innocent victims trapped in a dangerous region of the Philippines with little access to aid.  Knowing this, Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban , Philippine Marines (retired), then a 2003-2004 student at the Naval Command College in Newport, Rhode Island, and his sponsor, Retired Philippine Navy Captain Armando ‘Doy’ Heredia, decided to pool resources to help the Badjaos.  Cecilia formed Lingkod Timog in Rhode Island, with Irene as Executive Director for the Philippines operations.

The Philippine Marines provided safety for the medical missions, the Philippine Navy gave logistical backing, and Cecilia brought in other non-profit volunteers from the United States.  In addition, they found support from the US Embassy, local town officials, schools, radio stations, and hospitals. The 2005 mission was a success and they were able to treat more 1,000 Badjaos in Zamboanga.  Irene and Cecilia recognized that the Badjaos, in addition to numerous other Filipinos, constantly need urgent medical aid and services.  Lingkod Timog was incorporated as a U.S. non-profit 501(c)3 organization with an operating branch in the Philippines.  The 2006-2014 medical missions to Zamboanga, Basilan, Jolo, Palawan and Davao were equally successful and included adjunct missions to Payatas in Quezon City, Zambales for the Aetas, Davao for the Lumads, and Tagbanuas in Palawan. Their plans include corrective medical missions and future preventive care and livelihood programs for tribal communities.

The super-typhoon Haiyan (Philippine name: Yolanda) tore through the Central Philippines with a hundred-mile wide tornado-like force on November 7, 2013.  It leveled Tacloban City and a large part of Samar/Leyte, then, among others, northern Cebu and Panay, and exited from the Busuanga area.  Together with other community organizations, Lingkod Timog is helping in the long term resettlement, rehabilitation, and livelihood efforts for the victims. 

Partnership with Rebuild Tacloban:
   *Needs of victims do not end with the relief efforts.  As a Lingkod Timog project, Rebuild Tacloban is geared to rebuilding by helping provide for, among others, adequate shelter, clean water, and sustainable livelihood. 
   *For more information on Rebuild Tacloban, contact Reina Quintero, Coordinator - see .

Partnership with Fil-Am Community of South Coast MA:
   *For details on the continuing FilAm Com South Coast - Lingkod Timog rebuilding activities, contact Dee St Denis, 5086731479 /

Lingkod Timog continuing collection:
*We continue to accept donations that will be used for the resettlement and rebuilding efforts to benefit the Haiyan victims.  Please make checks out & send to Lingkod Timog, 71 Miantonomi Ave, Middletown, RI 02842. 


Lingkod Timog is a US 501c3 non-profit.  Your contributions to us or through our partners may be tax deductible.  Please consult with your tax professional.


NEWS !!!  ¤ Link to Community Events page ¤ 

Haiyan Relief Fundraising 2013:
Partnership with Fil-Am Community of South Coast MA:
Spaghetti dinner on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the VFW Hall in East Freetown, Mass. f
or Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) victims and other fund raising activities grossed more than $15,000.  The net proceeds were distributed to the Salesian Sisters and the Philippine Jesuits in the Philippines, and to the families of Fil-Ams in South Coast, Massachusetts and nearby communities who were directly impacted by Haiyan.  Boxes of donated relief goods were also shipped to the Philippines.
Partnership with Rebuild Tacloban:
Lingkod Timog project Rebuild Tacloban was started late November 2013 and is geared to rebuilding by helping provide for, among others, adequate shelter, clean water, and sustainable livelihood. 

Lingkod Timog collection:
Directly, and through donation drives by the St. Philomena School (Portsmouth, RI) and other communities, Lingkod Timog collected more than $4,000 that were sent to the Philippine Jesuits, and the Faithful Companions of Jesus in the Philippines for the Haiyan victims.

Rock & Roll Night Fund Raising Event
The successful Oct 3, 2013 fundraising to benefit our 10th Annual Medical Mission and St. Lucy's Church, was held at St Lucy's Church Hall, Middletown, Rhode Island

9th annual medical mission (2013) treats remote islanders in northern Palawan and Busuanga Islands
Photos of 2013 medical mission in pdf

Hawaiian Night and Pig Roast, Sept 15, 2012 fund raising at Knights of Columbus, Middletown, Rhode Island to benefit our medical missions netted $3,000 (photos).

Successful 8th annual medical mission (2012) treats cave dwelling Tao't Bato, and Tagbanuas in southern Palawan
      Photos of  2012 medical mission in pdf
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You can help and join the Lingkod Timog family! We rely on the strength of our caring community to fund our medical missions. There are many ways you can contribute to Lingkod Timog. You may join our medical missions, send us donations, help plan and attend one of our fundraisers, and even offer your own ideas, support and feedback. To find out more information, or to speak to one of our representatives, please don't hesitate to contact us! Our contact information is provided below.

Contact Information

Telephone:  +1.401.848.0622 (U.S.)
Mail:  71 Miantonomi Ave.
Middletown, Rhode Island 02842, USA


USA: Cely Heredia: email
Philippines: Irene Sabban: email

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