Young gays benefit from Operation Tuli
By Brando Cortez
URDANETA CITY-Around 90 boys including gays from Barangay San Vicente, lined up for the Operation Tuli at Bunot last week .
“This activity is intended to help the people of Barangay San Vicente especially those parents who cannot afford to have their sons circumcised in hospitals and other private clinics,” Councilor Rio Esteves said. “Circumcision fees range from as low as P450 to as high as P1,000.00 per patient.”
The project was jointly conducted by the Urdaneta City Runners Club, City Health Office, PAGCOR, BMEG, Pangasinan 5th District Rep. Kimi Cojuangco, Abono Party-list, Office of Punong Barangay Marcial Murillo, and Esteves.
Esteves said majority of those circumcised were from Barangay San Vicente and a number of them were from nearby Barangays Bayaoas, Mabanogbog and Paurido.
Dr. Bernardo Macaraeg, City Health Officer, said that the operation tuli is in line with Mayor Amadeo Gregorio Perez IV’s advocacy of bringing health services to the barangays.
“Ang involvement ng City Health Office ay naaayon sa programa ni Mayor Bobom Perez na dalhin sa barangay ang serbisyong pangkalusugan,” Macaraeg said.
Circumcision for boys before becoming teenagers is an orientation among Filipinos to prepare for true manhood.
The primary objective of the practice of medicine is service to mankind irrespective sexual orientation.
Michael Ubaldo, who accompanied a effeminate cousin, hoped his cousin will grow up to be a real man after being circumcised.
“Baka maging ganap na lalaki na itong pinsan ko nagyong tuli na siya,” Ubaldo said. “Iiyak iyak noong pumasok ngayong tuli na, nakangiti pa. Babakla-bakla kasi.”
Murillo said the Operation Tuli and Bunot is very beneficial for the barangay as it is conducted with true health professionals and the boys are given free medicines.
“Noong panahon namin, babad ng madaling araw sa ilog bago tuli sa pukpok lang tapos ngatngat ng dahon ng bayabas,” Murillo said. “Ngayon may professional help na, may gamot pa.”
Simultaneous with the Operation Tuli was the conduct of Operation Bunot or free tooth extraction.
Volunteer dentists performed free tooth extraction on about 120 children.
The children and the parents were also given fresh cow’s milk as part of Cojuangco’s drive to spread the benefits of drinking fresh milk daily.
Esteves reiterated Cojuangco’s call on the importance of drinking at least one glass of fresh milk a day for malnourished children.
“Sabi po ni Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco na malaki ang maitutulong ng fresh milk sa atin,” Esteves said. “Ang gatas po ay nagdudulot ng protein, calcium, zinc at iba pang bitamina para sa malusog na pangangatawan.”
Dr. Wilson Lagmay of the Urdaneta City Runners Club said that this is the second barangay where they have conducted Operation Tuli At Bunot after Barangay Poblacion.
Esteves said that the activity was made possible with the help of Dr. Rowena Baltazar, Mr and Mrs Alex Gacutan, Mr and Mrs. Jingle Perez, Julius Soriano,Ernesto Ventenilla, Kgd. Enong antolin, Kgd. Toribia Cuadro, Barangay Secretary Ric Cancino and the Barangay Health Workers of San Vicente.
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