Ah, summertime. For students, this is normally a fun few months spent bumming around, hanging out with friends, and going against school-day bedtimes whenever they damn well please. For young boys in particular, summer is when they undergo a certain medical procedure that’s seen in our culture as a rite of passage. Sure, it hurts for a while, but afterwards, these boys can feel they’re cut out to be young men. Okay, okay, we promise to leave the jokes on the cutting-room floor from here on out.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) forcing students to stay at home indefinitely, the usual summertime activities for kids are likewise put on hold. For one municipality, though, the medical tradition continues. GMA News reports that the municipal government of Carmona, Cavite, has rolled out ‘Operation Manhood on Wheels,’ a fully-equipped mobile circumcision service that will run for the whole month of April and May.
“Nandiyan na ’yong mga gamot namin eh. We’ve acquired them bago pa mangyari itong enhanced community quarantine,” says Carmona mayor Roy Loyola.
The service can circumsise 15 to 20 boys daily, with a target of 600 total procedures during the program’s run. The doctors and nurses conducting the service are equipped with personal protective equipment, while the patients are required to undergo temperature checks and other screenings. The program also offers free vaccines for children and senior citizens, as well as prenatal checkups for expectant women.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why we chose the main photo above—we obviously can’t depict the actual service without raising all sorts of red flags, so we figured a photo of the Audi TT would package this story just right. All it took was a little, er, cropping. Hey, we could all use a little humor during a pandemic, right?