FORMER Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and now Department of Health (DOH) undersecretary Camilo Cascolan said on Thursday, November 10, 2022, he was tasked to supervise the operations of the agency in the Visayas region.

In a television interview, Cascolan said his role is to oversee the implementation of policies and programs in the region, including government-owned hospitals and other health facilities.

He said his work in leading the DOH’s field implementation and coordinating teams is “purely operational.”

“DOH is new to me. First of all, I need to be more knowledgeable [about] what we’re doing,” he said.

Cascolan expressed confidence that he will be able to handle his job considering his nearly four decades of field service in the PNP.

“One of the plans that I have done for PNP is to boost their morale and welfare. And that’s how we may [be] able to change a lot of people… Because it’s true, high morale and their good welfare that a lot of people would be performing well,” he said.

“I think I would be of help to DOH considering that I had that managerial initiative to at least implement these things most especially in the field,” he added.

Cascolan, whose appointment was criticized due to his background, took his oath on Monday, November 7.

He urged his critics to give him a chance to prove himself and vowed that he will voluntarily “get out” if he thinks that he is not doing well. (SunStar Philippines)