THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is now monitoring the body mass index (BMI) of police officers, especially those who are overweight or obese.
This was stressed by Police Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico, spokesperson of BCPO, on Sunday, November 29, 2020, after Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Debold Sinas ordered the resumption of the BMI monitoring to help obese officers get back into shape.
Pico said they started the Zumba program last week at the BCPO headquarters.
“In previous months, the BMI monitoring was temporarily suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but now we will continue our program to ensure that our cops will be in good shape,” he said.
He added overweight or obese personnel from various police stations are required to attend the weight loss program at the police headquarters.
To address the issue of overweight cops among its personnel, Pico said the BCPO has introduced several programs to promote physical activities among its personnel.
He said the cop’s health improvement will be evaluated by PNP health officers from Police Regional Office-Western Visayas.
In previous months, former PNP chief retired general Archie Gamboa ordered the strict enforcement of the BMI after Interior Secretary Eduardo Año issued a directive putting emphasis on fitness for police personnel.