Guv defends PHO, stands by stricter checkpoint measures

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Provincial Health officer Dr. Jerie Calingasan. (Contributed photo)

MISAMIS Oriental Governor Yevgeny Emano said Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno is "jealous" and is trying to "destroy" what Provincial Health Officer Dr. Jerie Calingasan has created in response to the ongoing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) threat.

Emano said he will answer, in due time, all the criticism pertaining to the guidelines and the Provincial Government's measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, particularly the issue of the travel pass, among others.

He added he cannot let people ridicule Calingasan's efforts to combat the pandemic as the chairman of the Provincial Task Force for Covid-19.

"At the right time, I will answer them. I will answer the city mayor," Emano said.

"Dili naman unta ko gusto motumpang, dili man mahimo nga akong pasagdan ang atong task force chief nga biay-biayon, dagmalan ug husgahan nga moabot na sa punto nga murag mas kabalo pa sila kaysa usa ka doktor (I wouldn't have interfered but it is unacceptable that I will let the task force chief to be humiliated and judged that it seems like the mayor is more knowledgeable than the doctor)," he added.

The provincial governor also expressed his gratitude to Calingasan for leading the task force in creating and implementing the guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus, comparing him to the city's task force chief, who, Emano thinks, is "very stupid and selfish."

"We are proud that our PHO is actually the one standing still and leading all of us while in the city there are one spokesperson, a doctor, a technical and I think the head of the task force which I think is very stupid and selfish," Emano said.

"We have a challenge because the mayor of Cagayan de Oro tries to destroy what has Dr. Calingasan is building. Again, I think he is just jealous, I believe. But Dr. Jerie Calingasan has been performing very well, and we will a little be more strict in implementing the guidelines," he added.

Moreno, for his part, said he will not be answering or countering the remarks as it is tiring, adding that what is important is the Department of Health.

He added that another thing of importance is to harmonize the conduct of the entry and exit checkpoints so the people won't have to be burdened by long lines and additional requirements.

"Wala ni paingnan kini. The people are suffering more than enough and they don't need this (political cockfight) during the time of crisis," Moreno said. (With Superbalita Cagayan de Oro)


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