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.
MEDICAL MISSIONS 2005-2017
Samals, Tausugs, Lumads: Matidsalugs, Kalagans, Mandayas, Tagbanuas, Palaw'ans, Tao't Bato, Aetas and
other tribal people received medical, surgical and dental care through the
2005-2017 annual missions.
Many more were recipients of our feeding program.
Philippines Map of Tribal People Served (as of 2017)
Lingkod Timog Through the Years
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! .
Invitation to Medical Mission 2018
Lingkod Timog invites you to join Lingkod
Timog and to participate in its annual medical mission to benefit the
tribal people in the southwestern
Philippines. This 2018 medical mission will be on February 22,
2018 for one week in Southern Palawan. The medical, surgical and
dental mission will include cervical cancer screening and cheiloplasty.
Feeding program and clothes and slippers distribution is included. You will be responsible for your own airfare to and
from your place of origin to Puerto Princesa and on to the mission site, and for your own
board and lodging while on the medical mission. There will be no
remuneration since this is a volunteer program.
(click on green link above)
Delicia (Dee) St. Denis was
elected President of Lingkod Timog on January 14, 2018. A seasoned
mission volunteer, Dee was Lingkod Timog's Auditor since 2011 and is also
the President of the Filipino American Community Inc. of South Coast,
Cecilia (Cely) Heredia, the Founding President of Lingkod Timog (2005-2017)
will remain engaged as Adviser.
USA: Delicia (Dee) St.
Philippines: Irene Sabban, Executive Director
Telephone: +1.401.848.0622 (U.S.)
- Mail: 71
- Middletown, Rhode
Island 02842, USA
PLEASE HELP -- THANK YOU!
Lingkod Timog is a US 501c3 non-profit.
contributions to us or through our partners may be tax deductible.
Please consult with your tax professional. Send your
check contribution to:
71 Miantonomi Ave.
Middletown, RI 02842
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The strongest bond of human sympathy outside
the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and
tongues and kindreds.
Lingkod Timog was founded by Cecilia Heredia and Irene Sabban, two Philippine
naval officer wives 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
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, Philippines town officials, schools, radio
stations, hospitals and medical health practitioners. The 2005 mission was a success and they were able to
treat more 1,000 Badjaos in Zamboanga. Irene and Cecilia recognized that numerous other
Indigenous Pilipinos 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
missions to Zamboanga, Basilan, Davao, Zambales, Jolo, Palawan, Davao del
Norte, Compostela Valley, and Sulu were equally successful. Lingkod Timog plans include corrective
medical missions and future preventive care and livelihood programs for tribal