Community Services & MEDICAL MISSIONS

Serving the Poor (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 United States and the Philippines. We strive to alleviate poverty while strengthening relations between the Philippines and the United States.

 Invitation to May 21-25 Medical Mission 2020

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 2020 medical mission will be in May 21-25, 2020 in southern Palawan.  The mission will provide medical consultations and treatment, surgical procedures, and dental services.  Feeding program, personal hygiene instruction and services, and food, clothes and slippers distribution, among other services are included.  You will be responsible for your own airfare to and from your place of origin to the mission site, and for your own board and lodging while on the medical mission.  There will be no remuneration for all participants since this is a volunteer program.

Requirements for Volunteers
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2019 Mission to Tawitawi Province Treats 1,800+ Patients!

Thank you to the Medical Mission volunteers and the corporate and government partners!  Lingkod Timog's 15th medical mission in February 2019 attended to more than 1,800 medical, surgical and dental Badjaos, Samals and Tausugs patients in TawiTawi province in the Southwestern Philippines.  The mission provided medical consultations and treatment, surgical procedures, and dental services.  Feeding program, personal hygiene instruction and services, and haircuts, among other services were included.  The mission sites were in Sitangkai, the southwestern most island of the Philippines, and in Panglima Sugala, in TawiTawi island. 


Please see the 2019 Mission Pictorial and the 2019 Medical Mission Report for more information

More than 27,660   Badjaos, Samals, Tausugs, Lumads: Matidsalugs, Kalagans, Mandayas, Tagbanuas, Palaw'ans, Tao't Bato, Cuyunons, Aetas and other tribal people received medical, surgical and dental care through the 2005-2019 annual missions.  Many more were recipients of our feeding program, malarial screening, personal hygiene and related services.

Click to see Philippines Map of Tribal People Served 2005-2019

Lingkod Timog Through the Years
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Lingkod Timog hosted The Newport Navy Chorister's "Christmas in Song" concert on Friday, December 13, 2019 at St. Lucy's Church in Middletown Rhode Island.  Proceeds benefitted Lingkod Timog's community service and medical missions



Lingkod Timog co-hosted the Saturday, October 5, 2019 Philippine Consulate General New York (PCGNY) consular outreach in Newport to benefit individuals who are not able to go to New York City consulate for service.  Together with Fil-Am Newport and FilAm Com of South Coast MA, and organized by NaFFAA-RI, the outreach was held at the Newport Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham St (corner Bellevue Ave) from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


Join Us

You can help and join the Lingkod Timog family! We rely on the strength of our caring community to fund our services and 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 our community events, 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!

Contact Information

Telephone:  +1.401.848.0622 (U.S.)
Mail:  71 Miantonomi Ave.
           Middletown, Rhode Island 02842, USA
US Operations: Doy Heredia (
Philippines: Irene Sabban, Executive Director (
Europe: Tiago Villanueva, MD (


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 Community Services
    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.
-Abraham Lincoln

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 (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 security for the medical missions, the Philippine Navy gave logistical backing and medical and dental personnel, and Cecilia brought in non-profit medical and other 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 for US community services and with an operating branch in the Philippines.  Subsequent missions added volunteers from Canada, Europe and the Middle East. The 2006-2018 medical missions to Zamboanga, Basilan, Davao, Zambales, Jolo, Palawan, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, and Tawitawi were equally successful. Lingkod Timog plans include corrective medical missions and future preventive care and livelihood programs for tribal communities.


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