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Welcome to the club! Albay Vice Gov. Grex Lagman helps boys undergo rite of passage

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There are some things the pandemic can’t stop, including this rite of passage for boys.

Albay Vice Gov. Grex Lagman conducted his office’s first operation tuli in Manito, Albay, and congratulated those who chose to undergo the procedure.

In a Facebook post, Lagman said he was happy to sponsor the operation for this important event in every boy’s life.

Circumcision is considered a rite of passage to manhood, but he also said studies have shown that it leads to lower risks of urinary tract infections and lower risk of contracting sexually transmissible disease.

But Lagman said he respects those who choose not to be circumcised, as the procedure is not mandatory anyway.

But for those who went through with it, he has this to say: welcome to the club!

“The OVG conducted its very first ‘Operating Tuli’ in Albay today. It was was held in the Municipality of Manito.

There were close to a hundred brave Maniteños who lined up to be circumcised today. I am happy to sponsor this very important event in every boy’s life. It may even well be one of the “rites of passage” towards manhood, to be dramatic about it. Hahaha

From a medical perspective, scientific studies point to lower risks of urinary tract infections for circumcised males as opposed to “uncut” ones. When they become men, there is also a significantly lower risk of contracting sexually transmissible diseases for “unhooded” males compared to “hooded” ones.
Still, the OVG respects boys—-and men—-who opt not to undergo circumcision. It’s a choice one makes and this must not be mandatory or imposed upon.
To all the Maniteño boys who freely chose to undergo circumcision today, congratulations! Welcome to the club. And, happy to be your ‘ninong’! 🙏😎.” Lagman posted.