Believing that education is the best intervention towards poverty alleviation, Saint Michael's College of Laguna (SMCL) started its community extension services on July 5, 1989 by offering pre-elementary education in Barangay Malaban, Biñan, Laguna. This was conducted in consortium with DECS Region 4 and with the Office of the Mayor of Biñan. The SMCL - initiated consortium was designed to benefit the pre-schoolers of depressed, disadvantaged, and underserved communities of Biñan.
On 10 August 2001, Saint Michael's College of Laguna formally launched the "Lingkod at Pagmamahal ng Saint Michael's College of Laguna" (LINGAP), a community involvement and immersion program that symbolizes and stands for its strong commitment to the upliftment of depressed communities in Biñan, Laguna. At present, LINGAP has its HEAL (Health, Nutrition and Sanitation, Empowerment thru Education and Capability Building, Advocacy and Social Awareness, and Livelihood Opportunities) Program. Linkages have become more expansive, to ensure effective and efficient program implementation.
To date, LINGAP has been converted into a Foundation called LINGAP-SMCL or Lingkod at Pagmamahal ng Saint Michael's College of Laguna Foundation, Inc., the College's social services arm. SMCL coordinates with and courses all its corporate social responsibility initiatives and projects through LINGAP-SMCL Foundation, Inc. LINGAP-SMCL has linkages with goverment and non-government organizations; Gifts and Graces Fairtrade Foundation Inc. serves as its retail arm.