CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Eighty-four boys, with ages ranging from 7 to 16, were the grateful recipients of a free circumcision activity, dubbed Operation Tuli at the Concord Building here.
The Operation Tuli was initiated and sponsored by Police Regional Office 1 in coordination with the PRO1 Officers Ladies Club which donated medicines and medical supplies for the said activity.
The young males who availed of the free circumcision came from poor families in San Fernando City and neighboring towns. The doctors and medical personnel who facilitated the boys’ “rite of passage to manhood” were headed by Police Superintendent Cesar Estrella, chief of the PRO1 medical dispensary.
The daughter of Region 1 police director Police Chief Superintendent Constante D. Azares, Jr, Ms. Maria Nadejda Azares, a registered nurse who graduated from the University of British Columbia, took an active part in the free circumcision activity.
Ms. Azares said that participating in the Operation Tuli is her simple way of supporting the police-community relations (PCR) efforts of the PNP, of which her father is a high-ranking member.
Police Superintendent Alejandro Catalla, chief of the Regional Health Service 1, pointed out that circumcision for boys is part of the country’s tradition, adding that it promotes good hygiene. “Summer season is the best time to do this because the boys are still on vacation from school,” he said.
General Azares; his wife Maria who is the adviser of the PRO1 Officers Ladies Club; and their other two children, Maria Melecia Flor and Adrian Constantine; were also present and lent support to the Operation Tuli which proved to be highly successful.
“We were not able to accommodate all the boys who came, so we have scheduled another circumcision day next week,” Mrs. Azares said. (pnppro1)