Director Marlyn Convocar and Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Akokadamo man sang hinanakit. Kadamo man sang akon away kay DirectorConvocar but I feel it is not very good to change your commander in the middleof the fight. If you do that you will have to wait for the new field commanderto learn everything first antes masugod sya obra,” explained Treñas. ILOILO City – “Very, very, very, very ill-advised.” Bernadas said he is not fully appraised yetwith the issues in Region 6. Also the focal person of DOH’s FieldImplementation and Coordination Team in the Visayas, Bernadas said he isfamiliar with Western Visayas. “I’m not the Secretary of the Department ofHealth. I don’t know why this happened,” said Treñas. “Maymga innovations kami diri sa Central Visayas ngama-apply naton dira,” said Bernadasin an interview over DyFM Bombo Radyo Iloilo yesterday. This was how Mayor Jerry Treñas described thesudden removal of Director Marlyn Convocar of the Department of Health (DOH)Region 6 as overseer of Western Visayas’ response to the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. He also said he and Convocar already talkedand the DOH-6 director was thankful. Department Personnel Order No. 23 replacingConvocar was signed by DOH undersecretary Adbullah Dumama Jr. Dumama Jr.explained the decision this way: “It is vital to maintain harmoniouspartnership with local government units/local chief executives and otherstakeholders that play vital roles in this emergency situation.” “Parasa akon, there will be time to fight one another.What is important (for now) is that we work for the good of Iloilo,” Treñassaid. “It is not right to change your fieldcommander in the middle of a fight. I’ll be very frank, I do not like theidea,” said Treñas yesterday. Bernadas stressed the importance ofcooperation between DOH and local chief executives./PN He described the development as unfortunateand unnecessary. “Makadtoko da (next week). Istoryahon ta ang mga mayors kaggobernador,” said Bernadas. “Gustonaton ma-align ang mga trabaho dira.” It came right afterDOH Region 6 came under fire for classifying the people of Guimbal, Iloilo aspersons under monitoring following a case of local COVIOD-19 transmission. Bernadas, on the other hand, played down thisadded assignment. “Twinning arrangements” between regions were “just normal”,he stressed. On Thursday, DOH central office tasked thedirector of DOH Region 7 (Central Visayas), Dr. Jaime Bernadas, to take thelead in Western Visayas’ response to the pandemic. Convocar would just be managing the regular operationsof DOH-6.