Want to have your kid circumcised but don’t have the moolah for it? If you’re a Cavite resident, you’re in luck, because Governor Jonvic Remulla announced today that his government is going to shoulder the costs of getting the snip.
“This afternoon I will call all mayors to organize a free circumcision drive. This will follow anti-COVID guidelines such as social distancing, crowd control, and the rule that children below 18 years old are not allowed to leave their homes,” Remulla said.
“[To] save the uncircumcised future, free circumcision is what is needed,” the governor added.
Circumcision is viewed as a right of passage in the Philippines. Boys who grow up uncircumcised have to endure the embarrassment and stigma, so it’s not uncommon for them to get the snip before they turn 13. Prior to the pandemic, small clinics would even offer “circumcision packages” where several boys can get the snip for a cheaper price.