From Aparri to Jolo, cops trim down bellies on Gamboa’s order

February 03, 2020

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa’s initiative to  erase the presence of ‘pot-bellied’ policemen is literally being felt from Aparri to Jolo, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

Last week, 699 overweight cops from the Police Regional Office 9 in Western Mindanao were ordered to return to their respective units after losing at least two kilos of their total body weight following a 2-week weight reduction program ordered by PRO9 director, Brigadier General Froilan F. Quidilla.

Quidilla said the Regional Health Service will regularly monitor and evaluate the Body Mass Index or BMI of the local police as part of their strict compliance to the PNP chief’s directive.

Gen. Gamboa also lauded the initiative of National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Debold M. Sinas, to lead the Metro Manila police force’s weight loss program with the launching of a weight loss camp this week.

“The PNP high command lauds the initiative of NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas to lead and even become the model of the weight loss program among NCRPO personnel pursuant to the BMI requirement under the physical fitness program launched by Gen. Gamboa in an effort to instill discipline in ranks, promote healthy lifestyle, and improve the image of cops,” said PNP spokesman, Brig. Gen. Bernard M. Banac.

According to the PNP spokesperson, records show that there are around 3,000 overweight and obese cops in the NCRPO but the rest of the 24,000 personnel are compliant with the new Body Mass Index  reduction program of the national headquarters.

Banac said that as of December 31, 2019, 54.4 percent or a total of 98,093 personnel nationwide have already reached their ideal body mass index.

“It is expected that by end of January 2020, the number of compliant personnel will further increase. We assure the families of PNP personnel that all physical exercises and weight loss of police officers will be strictly monitored by PNP Health Service personnel,” he added.

Sinas, who was officially promoted to the rank of a 2-star police general by Gen. Gamboa on Tuesday last week said he will lead their weight loss program thru a weight loss. He said that those who still fail to slim down to their ideal weight would be required to join a summer camp possibly in March or April.

The member of Philippine Military Academy ‘Hinirang’ Class of 1987 who has admitted being overweight said his initiative is in line with Gen. Gamboa’s order for all police officers and men to shape up or risk being passed over for promotion or assignment.

The official said the new BMI would specifically target officers considered to be Obese II with a BMI value of 35 to 39.9 and Obese III or with a BMI value of 40 upwards.

He said these officers would be required to report at least twice a week to the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City to undergo proper workout. Those who will refuse to join the program would be asked to leave the NCRPO, he added.

BMI is used to measure body fat by calculating the person’s weight in kilograms and dividing it by the square of the individual’s height in meters. The higher the BMI value, the more likely a person is unhealthy and obese, says the new BMI program instruction from the PNP Health Service.

Gen. Gamboa has ordered a nationwide revitalized PNP physical conditioning and sports program to support the Enhanced Revitalized PNP Internal Cleansing Strategy.

He said that the program will enhance the physical and mental well-being of the police since a review of the 2018 PNP Annual Physical Examination or APE Report showed that 8 out of 10 PNP uniformed personnel are ‘overweight and obese.’

In addition to this, 6 out of 10 PNP uniformed personnel have chronic conditions at risk to have hypercholesterolemia, dyslipidemia, hypertension, hyperuricemia and Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

These chronic conditions of the police was attributed to lack of health awareness, poor compliance to medications, imbalance diet and exercise regimen. The PNP leadership also noted with concern the physical inactivity of numerous police officers and men in 2018.

To address the problem, Gen. Gamboa approved a revitalized PNP weight management and fitness intervention program to ensure that all police personnel are physically and mentally fit to carry out their rigorous duties and obligations.