Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Summer in the Philippines is also the season for young boys to go through the traditional rites to manhood.

Gone are the days where parents bring their sons to “quack doctors” for “pukpok” circumcision. Parents nowadays opt to have their sons circumcised by doctors. However, circumcision now costs as much as P1,500.00 in hospitals and private doctors.

To address the situation, Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. is teaming up once more together with the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation led by SK President Chenee F. Hoya to help parents from the barangays who can't afford to have their sons circumcised in the hospital or private doctors.

Young boys ages 10 years old and up can avail of the free circumcision services. According to Gordon, “We have lined-up “operation tuli” visitations in all the barangays in Olongapo. We are bringing the services closer to the people para maging komportable sila at malapit lamang sa kanilang mga tahanan.”

The schedule is as follows: Asinan, April 14; Banicain, April 16; Barretto, April 17; East Bajac-Bajac, April 20; East Tapinac, April 21; Gordon Height, April 27; Kababae, April 28; Kalaklan, April 29; Kalalake, April 30; Mabayuan, May 4; New Cabalan, May 5; New Ilalim, May 6; Old Cabalan, May 7; Pag-Asa, May 8; Sta. Rita, May 11; West Bajac-Bajac, May 12 and West Tapinac, May 13.

In 2008, an estimated 1,900 young men in Olongapo benefited from this program.

All the medicine needed is provided by the SK Federation and registered midwives from City Health Office and the City Population Commission (POPCOM) will perform the procedure.

Interested individuals may get in touch with the Olongapo City Population Office (POPCOM) located at City Health Office of Olongapo City Hall or call 222-4003 for more information.


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