Rotaract Club of Lucena South honors Cultural Tradition and Health Promotion with “Libreng Tuli Para sa Kabataang Ilayang Talim”

By Daphne Blanche Mendoza | Posted on June 20, 2024

In the Philippines, circumcision, locally known as “tuli,” holds significant cultural and traditional importance. It is a customary practice performed on most boys, typically aged 8 to 12 years old. This rite of passage into manhood involves the surgical removal of the foreskin covering the tip of the penis. Circumcision in the Philippines is deeply embedded in culture and tradition, often seen as a significant step in a boy’s journey to manhood.

In the photo, a beneficiary of the Libreng Tuli program is depicted alongside the aftercare medicines provided.

Beyond its cultural significance, circumcision offers valuable health benefits, such as improved hygiene and a reduced risk of various infections and diseases. While deeply rooted in tradition, circumcision is also associated with various health benefits, making it an even more compelling practice. 

One of the primary health advantages of circumcision is improved hygiene. The removal of the foreskin facilitates easier and more effective cleaning of the genital area, reducing the risk of infections and maintaining overall cleanliness. Additionally, circumcision has been linked to a decreased likelihood of developing urinary tract infections (UTIs), sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and penile cancer.

The club members seize a photo opportunity with esteemed barangay officials, showcasing the collaborative spirit between the Rotaract Club and local leadership.

Recognizing the significance of circumcision and its potential health benefits, the Rotaract Club of Lucena South, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Lucena South and Rotary Club of Lucena South Premier, partnered with Brgy. Ilayang Talim to organize a mass circumcision event. This initiative aimed to provide young boys with access to this traditional and health-promoting procedure, with the consent of their parents. This benefitted about 50 young boys and was held on dates July 15-16, 2023.

Brgy. Captain Darwin Sevilla, a seasoned registered nurse with extensive experience in performing circumcisions within Lucena City, assumes the crucial role of conducting the minor surgical procedures. His expertise and dedication to community health make him an invaluable asset to the Libreng Tuli program. With precision and care, he ensures the safety and well-being of each beneficiary, upholding the highest standards of medical practice. Captain Sevilla’s involvement exemplifies the collaborative effort between local leadership and the Rotaract Club to provide essential healthcare services to the community.

Brgy. Captain Darwin Sevilla, a registered nurse with extensive experience in performing circumcisions within Lucena City, took on the responsibility of conducting the minor surgical procedures. His expertise and dedication ensured the safe and successful execution of the circumcision event, contributing to the well-being and health of the young boys within the community. One of Rotaract Club of Lucena South’s members who is also a registered nurse assisted Capt. Darwin while Rtn. Giovanni Angara of the Rotary Club of Lucena South conducted the briefing of parents and children to ensure that aftercare is practiced when thechildren get home. 

The medicines and supplies needed were provided by the participating clubs such as gloves, antibiotics, antiseptics, syringes, etc. 

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