PHILKOFA, in partnership with the Life in the Spirit Catholic Community and St. Joseph the Worker Parish, organized an outreach project on 28 May 2016 at the St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Manuguit, Tondo, Metro Manila. The activity aimed to benefit 300 indigent children from different households in the community. PHILKOFA was in charge of the Medical Mission, particularly the Operation “Tule” or circumcision of males with ages ranging from 8 to 16 years old. Circumcision in the Philippines is perceived as a “coming of age rite” as well as a hygienic and health practice among males.
Operation “Tule” was a success with the participation of PHILKOFAN doctors and nurses, together with nurses from the Pasig City Health Center and PHILKOFAN members who assisted in a non-medical capacity.
PHILKOFA made preparations for 50 people; however, only 29 beneficiaries were accommodated. Some children in the list were not yet physically or emotionally ready therefore the health practitioners advised the parents/guardians that these children forego the “tule.” For those who were circumcised successfully, medicines were distributed. In addition to a written prescription, instructions were carefully explained to the parents/guardians regarding the appropriate dosage of the medicines given.