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.


More than 23,540   Badjaos, Samals, Tausugs, Lumads: Matidsalugs, Kalagans, Mandayas, Tagbanuas, Palaw'ans, Tao't Bato, Aetas and other tribal people received medical and dental care through the 2005-2017 annual missions

Philippines Map of Tribal People Served (as of 2017)



Lingkod Timog Through the Years
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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.
-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, 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 2006-2017 medical 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 communities.


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Philippine Consulate General New York  activities in Newport Rhode Island July-August 2017

Lingkod Timog partners with Fil-Am Newport RI and FilAmCom South Coast MA to host the outreach of the New York Philippines Consulate General to provide consular services to Rhode Islanders and South Coast Massachusetts residents.  It was held on 22-23 July 2017 at the Elks Club building in Newport, Rhode Island.  Visit for more information.

Lingkod Timog partnered with the Newport Council for International Visitors and Newport Area FilAm community organizations for the visit to Newport Rhode Island of Philippines Consul General (NYC) Tess de Vega, where she had talked with Newport City Mayor Harry Winthrop at his office and had a dialogue with community leaders over lunch.

Join Medical Mission 2018

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.


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. Send your check contribution to:

    Lingkod Timog
    71 Miantonomi Ave.
    Middletown, RI 02842

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USA: Cely Heredia, President
Philippines: Irene Sabban, Executive Director

Contact Information

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

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Last modified: 10/05/17