PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Debold Sinas has ordered the revival of the monitoring of police personnel’s body mass index (BMI) as a preventive measure against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Sinas said all personnel are required to undergo a four-minute exercise twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon.
“It (monitoring of BMI) was suspended before I become the chief PNP dahil nga sa Covid. Now kinausap ko ‘yung bagong DHRDD (Directorate for Human Resource Doctrine Development) kung sino man ang ilagay doon kasi obesity causes diabetes, heart disease which are comorbidities for Covid-19,” he said.
“Kaya nga kami nagde-develop ng four-minute exercise para at least po huwag masyadong tumaba. Puwedeng mataba huwag lang masyado kasi. Alam niyo for the last nine months because of the pandemic parang konti na lang nag-eexercise at gumagalaw. So ibabalik namin yun para malaman din ng mga pulis na walang dahilan,” he added.
The BMI depends on a person’s height. A high BMI can indicate high body fat which may lead to health problems.
PNP personnel have been constantly reminded to stay fit. Senator Ronald dela Rosa, a former PNP chief, said bulging stomachs indicate poor police training.
Senator Panfilo Lacson first implemented BMI monitoring when he served as PNP chief. He had required all policemen to maintain a waistline of 34 inches.
Sinas said he is starting with himself by strictly observing a diet in the past three months and doing regular exercises.
To allow policemen to undergo physical exercises inside Camp Crame, the PNP has dismantled the quarantine facility in the parade grounds.
He said policemen who contract Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, will be brought to quarantine facilities outside the camp.
“We are now approaching, practicing going to the new normal. Ang mga tao namin we encourage to engage in physical exercise already using the parade grounds pero mask, social distancing pa rin at mag shield. Observe pa rin yung basic protocols natin,” he said.
As of November 23, 2020 a total of 7,892 police personnel have tested positive for coronavirus, including 26 who died. There remain 396 active cases. (SunStar Philippines)