Operation Tuli nets 265 boys PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 April 2012 13:50

At least 265 boys ages 7 to 13 availed of the city government’s free circumcision program under “Operation Tuli” at the City Health Office in Pettit Barracks yesterday as part of the “Dia de Ma’am Caling” activities.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos said as early as 7 a.m. yesterday parents mostly mothers took their boys to the CHO for early registration. Circumcision started at exactly 8 a.m. and as of 12 noon 165 boys had already been circumcised. The operation resumed at 1 p.m. with 100 more boys waiting to be circumcised.

Mayor Celso Lobregat together with Councilors Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar, Nonong Guingona and Rudy Lim personally supervised the Operation Tuli, an annual activity for “Dia de Ma’am Caling” in honor of the late Mayor Maria Clara L. Lobregat’s birthday.

Ma’am Caling died on Jan 2, 2004 at the age of 83. She would have turned 91 yesterday.

From CHO, Lobregat and the councilors proceeded to Melriss Catering in Tumaga where hundreds of homeowners and urban poor women were gathered for the first Women’s Congress, which was another activity for Dia de Ma’am Caling.

Joining them there were Councilors Rey Candido and Percival Ramos together with Housing and Land Management Division Chief Rodrigo Pagotaisidro, who organized the event.

Deputy House Speaker Beng Climaco-Salazar also arrived and inducted the newly elected officers and leaders of the community-based women’s organizations.

At 3 p.m., Mayor Lobregat led in the blessing and inauguration of 4x4 utility vehicles for four barangays at the City Hall grounds.

A commemorative mass was held at 5 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Parish in Pasonanca with Archbishop Romulo Valles as the main celebrant.

It was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the life-size statue of Ma’am Caling led by Mayor Lobregat and congresspersons Beng Climaco-Salazar and Erbie Fabian. Then, a commemorative program followed at 6 p.m. at the Jardin Maria Clara Lobregat, also in Pasonanca.

The program coincided with the conferment of the 2nd Maria Clara Lobregat Award of Excellence on outstanding graduating high school students.

During the program, P/Chief Supt. Mario B. Yanga, officer-in-charge of the Zamboanga City Police Office, gave a message followed by a musical tribute by the Ateneo de Zamboanga University Concert Band and a response by the mayor.

Highlighting the whole day event was the 7th Encuentro de Chabacano Banda Musical (Battle of the Bands) from 7 p.m. onward at Jardin Maria Clara, Pasonanca. — Vic Larato