NINE-YEAR-OLD Prince Edgar Rosaroso won’t be able to enjoy his usual summer break this year.
Instead of playing hide and seek around the neighborhood, Rosaroso who is from Barangay Basak Pardo, will have to stay still at home for a while.
He was one of over a hundred kids who availed themselves of the free “operation tuli” or circumcision, one of the services offered by the Cebu City Government in its first ever, “Sugbonanza 2016: The City of Services.”
Although he was nervous at first, Rosaroso said he was happy that he was able to endure the surgical procedure.
“Nalipay ko kay di nako sungogon sa akong mga classmate nga wa pa ko’y tuli, bahala’g di ko kakiat ug kaduwa. Uso man sad karon ang magpatuli (I’m glad that my classmates won’t tease me anymore, no matter if I can’t play for a while. It’s season now for circumcision),” Rosaroso told Sun.Star Cebu.
He will be on his fifth grade come June.
While he was at the waiting area, Rosaroso enjoyed the candies the City Health Department doctors and nurses gave him, making him feel better.
“Gihatagan man ko nila ug candy kay aron di ko kulbaan. Para daw di ko maghunahuna nga sakit ang tulion (They gave me candies so I won’t feel nervous. So I’d stop thinking of the pain),” he said.
He even asked his seven-year-old nephew, Prince Edward to come with him and avail himself the free circumcision.
Jeanette Galos, Rosaroso’s grandmother said that when she heard of the free circumcision, she immediately brought the two kids to the venue.
“Sige ko’g convince nila nga magpatuli gyud kay sakto sad summer wa sila’y klase nya libre. Akong sige’g ingon nga way sakit aron di sad mangadlok (Been convincing them to be circumcised since it’s summer and it’s free. Told them many times that it doesn’t hurt),,” she said.
Sugbonanza, which was held at the Plaza Independencia yesterday is a one-stop shop where the public can avail themselves of most of the services offered by City Hall.
Lawyer Rey Cris Panugaling, chief of the Cebu City Medical Center, who led the event said around 12,000 people came.
“Daghan gyud ang ni-avail because all the services offered were free,” Panugaling said.
An array of services in the aspect of legal, health, engineering, human resource, training, agriculture and other social services were offered yesterday.
Distribution of the P17 million worth of honoraria to some of its job-order (JO) employees, garbage truck drivers and loaders, barangay tanods, lupon tagapamayapa and barangay environmental officers were also done yesterday.