Keeping its foremost mission to bring out healthcare services in the local areas outside Cebu City, the MHAM Caduceus Rescue Unit (CRU) conducted a free circumcision operation at the City Social Welfare Services (CSWS), Mandaue City, Cebu last April 27, 2019 from 8:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon.
Dubbed as “MandaWeCare: Operation Tuli – Be the Man, Make the Cut”, the CRU-led activity was in partnership with JCI Mandaue and JCI Boholana Kisses which catered one hundred sixty-three (163) boys in one of Mandaue City’s locality. JCI Mandaue and JCI Boholana Kisses provided the medications, facilities, venue and food during the joint medical mission.
Headed by the school organization’s founder, MHAM Associate Dean for Basic Sciences, Dr. Allan R. Librando, the aspiring doctors mostly from the class of 2022 and some incoming medical clerks conducted the ‘operation tuli’ as part of their unwavering community outreach programs since CRU was founded in 2009.
On the same day, a separate free circumcision operation was also spearheaded by the CRU volunteers from batch INSIGNIS with sixty (60) young recipients held at the Calidngan Elementary School, Barangay Calidngan, Carcar City, Cebu.
To date, there are around two hundred (200) CRU first and second year volunteers who continue to serve with a heart with organization’s core values and guiding principles to create a difference in the lives of fellow Cebuanos and other constituents since it was established.
Among the CRU freshmen volunteers who made the ‘operation tuli’ a reverberating success were Charrie Alburo, Kristine Marie Arreglo, Kimee Cyrill Auza, Roula Bakri, Christian Mae Baldonado, Jen Camille Castro, Julian Robert Cauilan, Rosemyrn Danuco, Geraldine del Castillo, Angelli Duhaylungsod, Ezra Mae Ebisa, Jecel Jaca, Bhavana Melwani, Reen Jia Micame, Pearl Eden Garupa, Michael Ryan Alimpoos, Dayang Feineliza Bahjin, Genette Chile Bilbao, Eloisa Jean Custodio, Josephine Ebisa, Hanz Marie Estrella, Jaye Patricia Jimenez, Fatima Nyara Laja, Catherine Mae Lariego, Lawrence Millante, Ena Teresa Novera, Aizie Valdez, Nadia Grace Ermio, Mara Aubrey Escoreal, Mark Caesar Flores, Jobenz Marie Gutierrez, Kimberly Maglasang, Mirabel Kim Pueblas, Anthony Nino Ranoco, Jasprit Saini, Lindale Jay Tabasa, Ma. Christine Torralba, Fivie Mariel Valmoria, Aigi Velasco, Chino Charles Villa, Jeptah Comendador, John Ford Wooton, Sodairey Asum, Alexa Butawan, Renan Ronald Catipay, Al-Jamil Macapintal, Camylle Alexandria Macias, Shaharie Manalocon and Samantha Miranda.
This year, CRU is composed of new set of officers who redefined their commitment as one, rooted team, namely; Mark Caesar Flores as president, Michael Ryan Alimpoos as vice president, Kristine Marie Arreglo as secretary, Mara Aubrey Cisteine Escoreal as treasurer, Eloisa Jean Custodio as auditor, Frester John Luzano and Girlie Geraldine del Castillo as press relation officers, and Lindale Jay Tabasa as head of training.
A passage to manhood that has been embedded as a long-standing tradition in the Philippines during summer time, various organizations in the country initiate simultaneous circumcision operation at no charge in response to provide medical and health-related services to low-income families.
Mark Caesar Flores and Ma. Christine Torralba facilitated the awarding of certificates to JCI Mandaue and Mandaue CSWS for the effort and dedication they have shown to make the medical mission meaningful and significant.
Having been translated their responsibilities for carrying out the organization’s goal to extend a lasting and positive impact to society at large, the CRU volunteers once again extended their services in another joint medical mission in partnership with UP-Cebu and Red Cross.
Driven with its integral undertaking in extending, promoting and improving the reach of healthcare programs through joint medical missions in local areas, the CRU-led ‘operation tuli’ with 163 circumcised boys created another meaningful response to provide life-changing services to indigent young constituents in vulnerable situations through the ritual passage to become a ‘new man’. (Ana Liza Abao)