PNP officers to be required to meet body weight requirements

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 6) – Starting this year, members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have to focus on shedding their excess weight to ensure that they are fit enough to progress in their career.

Police Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, PNP OIC, said Monday that he himself will sign an order that will require police officers to meet the standard Body Mass Index (BMI) in order to increase their chances of climbing up the ranks.

"Actually, pipirmahan ko na 'yung sa BMI na 'pag kung hindi ka compliant sa BMI (actually, I will sign an order wherein if you will not comply with the BMI requirements), you will be denied schooling. Up until you comply with BMI requirements, that's the only time that you can go on schooling," he told reporters in a media briefing.

"At masakit ito (and this will be painful) because there are schooling [classes] that are required for certain positions and there are schooling [classes] required for promotions...we want all policemen to internalize this BMI requirement.," Gamboa added.

He noted that this order will be applicable in all the ranks of the PNP, right from the patrolmen to their generals.

"This is not just for the image of PNP na walang tiyan [dapat]. This is more on individual responsibility. Ini-implant namin dito na yung health mo, na mabuhay ka nang matagal...'pag hindi mo pa mine-maintain 'yung katawan mo, baka di mo abutin retirement mo," the PNP OIC stressed.

[Translation: This is not just the image of PNP to have smaller stomachs. This is more on individual responsibility. We are trying to implant here that you should prioritize your health and live longer. If you don't maintain your body, you might not even reach your retirement.]

Gamboa himself admitted that he has to shed a few pounds to reach his ideal weight.

In 2019, then PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde directed the National Police Training Institute to require police recruits to maintain their BMI before graduating from basic police training.

Police recruits must maintain a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 in order to be part of the police foce, PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac earlier said.