Sinas orders to resume BMI monitoring among cops to combat obesity

  • PNP Chief Debold Sinas will revive the BMI monitoring program to make sure cops are fit and healthy
  • He admitted he has also been observing proper diet and exercise these past few months
  • Sinas said obesity causes a number of diseases and comorbidities

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Debold Sinas ordered the resumption of the body mass index (BMI) monitoring among cops to combat obesity.

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The monitoring was halted prior to Sinas appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sinas said he has coordinated with PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development to revive the program and ensure that cops are fit and healthy.

“Kinausap ko ‘yung bagong DHRDD na ibalik. Kasi obesity causes diabetes, causes heart disease, which are comorbid diseases for COVID-19,” Sinas explained in a press briefing.

Sinas admitted that many have been on a “stagnant” lifestyle due to the pandemic but everyone should keep on moving to stay fit. He also added that it is okay for police officers to gain weight, but not at an excessive level.

“Pwedeng mataba, huwag lang masyado. Kasi for the last nine months because of the pandemic, parang konti na lang ‘yung nag-eexercise at gumalaw-galaw. Naging stagnant tayo, so ibabalik namin ‘yun,” he said.

The PNP Chief even went on saying that he himself has been observing proper diet and exercise.

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“Ako nga nag-o-observe eh. For the last 3 months, I strictly followed my diet regimen and exercise. Kung kinaya ko at the age of 55, I don’t think ‘yung mga younger sa akin, hindi nila kakayanin,” he said.

It was former PNP chief and now retired Gen. Archie Gamboa who signed a memorandum that stated p0lice officers who fail to comply with the BMI requirement will be denied schooling. At that time, over 30 policemen failed the fitness and BMI tests in Camp Crame.

Source :

GMA, Inquirer