Community Services & MEDICAL MISSIONS
Serving the Poor (501c3 U.S. non-profit)
2019 – Medical Mission and Other Activities:
February 2019 Medical Missions in TawiTawi to Benefit the Badjaos, Samals and Tausugs
Joint Lingkod Timog and Naval Forces in TawiTawi
Lingkod Timog was formed and is a non-profit corporation in the state of Rhode Island and is registered as a U.S. IRS 501c3 tax-exempt organization.
Lingkod Timog was born in 2003 and 2004 when the then U.S. Naval War College student from the Philippines, Retired Marine Lt. General (then Colonel) Juancho Sabban and his wife, Irene Covarrubias Sabban brought out the need to help the poor in the Southern Philippines, starting with the Badjaos in Zamboanga, Basilan and Sulu. Together with their sponsors, Navy Captain (Retired) Armando (Doy) Heredia, then Executive Director of NaFFAA, the national organizations of Filipino Americans, and Cecilia Heredia, CiM, founding President of Lingkod Timog, they organized the annual missions in 2005-2017.
Past medical mission sites included Arena Blanco, Maasin, Sangali, and Taluksangay in Zamboanga City; Lamitan in Basilan; Lugus in Sulu; Cabayugan and Simpucan, in Puerto Princesa City; Ransang, Rizal, Taytay, El Nido, Coron, Rio Tuba and Bataraza in Palawan; Marilog (Buda) in Davao City; Lipay-Dingin in Iba, Zambales; Bagong Silangan in Payatas, Quezon City; Kalagans in Tagum City, Mandayas in Compostela Valley and Tribal People in Tawitawi, Simunol and Sitangkai Islands.
This February 2019 mission to TawiTawi is a joint undertaking of Lingkod Timog with the Naval Forces Palawan. Private and public medical health practitioners supported Lingkod Timog. Other Philippine military units, the Philippine National Police, and private foundations and civic organizations supported the medical mission.
B. Dates and location of Medical Missions 2019:
Patients served: Badjaos, Samals and Tausugs
Coordinated by: Mrs. Irene Covarrubias Sabban, Lingkod Timog Executive Director
23 and 24 February, Badjaos, Samals and Tausugs in Panglima Sugala and Sitangkai in TawiTawi Province
C. Concept of Service:
Developmental: Our thrust is to involve the entire community and other concerned agencies. That way, the recipients will see not just the foreign volunteers but the community and the government helping them. The volunteers from the government and private sector will also feel part of the project. We can then gradually disengage and the community can take ownership of and care for the health needs of the indigenous and other disadvantaged people.
Corrective: Corrective in that we brought medical, dental and minor surgical services to the indigenous patients that we saw. These patients are seldom in contact with health care practitioners.
Preventive: We are still looking into areas of study or work that will help reduce the incidences of diseases. Helping educate the children in basic hygiene such tooth brushing, and washing with soap and water have started.
D. Medical Mission February 2019:
The medical missions were organized and led by Lingkod Timog, with the principal support by the Philippine Navy's Naval Forces Southwestern Mindanao (CMO) personnel and its component units
Patients and their families arrived at the designated treatment sites. Arrival screening and registration of patients were done. Medical, surgical, dental, pharmacy, and other services (feeding, haircut, etc.) were held in buildings or in stadiums. Security elements also saw to movement and crowd control of patients. The number of doctors, dentists and nurses were limited by the transportation available.
With teams of volunteers from the Philippines military, partner organizations, and private and public health care sectors, the usual ailments of upper respiratory, urinary tract, and skin infections; hypertension; eye problems; and tooth decay were attended to. Numerous teeth extraction was done, with an average of 1-1/2 extractions per dental patient. Limited minor surgery and Operation “Tuli” (circumcision of boys) were done by a Philippine military contingent. Those requiring more or prolonged help or diagnosis were referred to the private and local government health centers. The mission was limited by availability of medicine.
E. Patients Served (approx) in Southern Palawan Medical Mission February 2019:
23 Feb 24 Feb
Medical 662 870 1,532
Surgical 35 45 80
Dental 130 150 280
Total 827 1,065 1,892
F. Volunteers and organizations involved: excluding security & support personnel
Lingkod Timog organized and led the Medical Mission; raised funds; sent the following volunteers who paid for own transportation, food and lodging:
International Team (volunteers based outside the Philippines):
Volunteers Directors Doy and Cely Heredia and Rev. John O'Brien of Newport, Director Vivian RN and Cleo Erfe of Virginia, P. Emraida Kiram of Wisconsin, among others
Team Philippines - Philippine-based volunteers, including:
Founding members Exec Dir Irene Covarrubias Sabban, RN, Advisor Lt. General (Ret) Juancho Sabban, Ces Sabban-Marfil RN, Marc Marfil RN, and Bing Diones, Davao-based and Manila-based volunteers,
Partners supported, endorsed or helped coordinate the mission; sent medical, surgical and dental teams; gave logistical and security support; and provided other vital community services.
Town and Barangay officials, Health Officers and Police
Philippines Armed Forces and Police
Naval and Marine Forces in Southwestern Mindanao
Philippine Army, Air Force and National Police components
Private Sector Civic Partners
Tan Lin & Ng Oh Tee Foundation
G. Funds, medicine and supplies:
Fund Raising: Lingkod Timog members and supporters through events, donations and services.
Medicines and Supplies: From Lingkod Timog general funds, unused and unexpired medicine from 2017 medical mission, and from private donors.
Funds Used - Lingkod Timog purchased medicine and supplies not otherwise covered by donations
Other Significant Activity: