By: Francis Allan L. Angelo
FAT COPS watch out.
The Police Regional Office (PRO-6) has initiated a “slimming program” for overweight cops in keeping with the directive from the PNP national command.
C/Supt. Cipriano Querol Jr., PRO-6 director, led the launching of the Weight Loss Management Program through hataw exercises at the Camp Delgado grounds Tuesday morning.
Querol, a badminton enthusiast, said they are following the program of the PNP national command in Camp Crame where a similar weight loss program was launched last week.
The slimming program is reminiscent of the 34-inch waistline limit set by then PNP Director General now Senator Panfilo Lacson.
S/Insp. Sally Manuel, PRO-6 regional information officer, said the officers’ weight loss progress will be checked by monitoring their body mass index (BMI).
While it does not actually measure the percentage of body fat, BMI provides a simple numeric measure of a person's "thickness" or "thinness" based on the proportion of his height and weight. It also allows health professionals to discuss over- and under-weight problems more objectively with their patients.
Manuel said they have recorded 104 overweight cops in the Iloilo Provincial Police Office while 39 need to trim down.
Officers who don’t make the ideal weight have three chances to pass. If they still fail in the third round, they will be dismissed from service.
“It’s very important because if an officer is overweight, how can they respond to any incident like shootings or robberies? You can’t expect the suspects to give up by just waving at them. They will always give a chase that’s why physical fitness is very important in our work,” Manuel added.
In Camp Crame, some 3,000 police officers or half the force of the national command, are considered overweight and are undergoing an eight-week slimming program.