ALMOST half of the personnel of the Philippine National Police are either overweight or obese but the police establishment said measures are being undertaken to make them physically fit.
“Actually, 36 percent (of the police force) are overweight and then 10 percent are obese,” said PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac.
There are at least 180,000 PNP personnel.
Banac said the number of overweight and obese personnel is not that alarming, noting that efforts are ongoing to make them physically fit or have them reach a healthy weight.
“It’s a work in progress and more than half are compliant (with the body mass index). This is the first time we’re really giving focus on BMI. We cannot say alarming,” said Banac.
The BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight.
Banac also noted that majority of the PNP personnel or 54.4 percent or 93,093 personnel are compliant with the BMI.
As to when the overweight and obese personnel should reach a healthy weight, Banac said, “It’s a monthly timeline. There should be an improvement. Otherwise, their schooling will be affected, and eventually their promotion.”
Early this month, Gamboa said all policemen, from patrolmen to generals, should be compliant with the BMI or they will be denied of schooling which is a requirement for promotion in rank and position.
“It is expected that by the end of January 2020, the number of compliant personnel will further increase,” said Banac.
“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 also said.
One of the officers who are yet to be compliant with the BMI is Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office, who is however exerting efforts to lose weight.
Banac said the PNP command “lauds” Sinas’ initiative “to lead and even become the model of the weight loss program.”
Banac said least 3,000 NCRPO personnel are overweight and obese while the rest o the 24,000 are compliant with the BMI.