Half of cops in Camp Crame are overweight


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MANILA, Philippines—More than half of all personnel in the headquarters of the Philippine National Police are overweight, while almost one in 10 is obese, records at the organization’s Health Service showed.

According to PNP Health Service statistics,  3,283 officers and workers at the PNP national headquarters are overweight, while 588 are obese. There are 6,253 members of the PNP at Camp Crame out of a workforce of about 140,000 nationwide.

On the other hand, 2,376 PNP workers at the camp have healthy weights, while there are only six below their ideal weight, according to figures provided by Senior Superintendent Ma. Angela Manas Vidal, director of the Health Service.

An overweight adult has a body mass index (BMI) — a measure of body fat calculated based on one’s weight and height—of between 25 and 29.9 while an obese adult has a BMI of 30 and above.

In a May 23 memorandum to PNP personnel, Vidal stressed the importance of proper diet and exercise among members of the police force.

“One person every 20 seconds suffer heart attack and over 1.5 million people per year undergo heart surgery,” she said, citing obesity as among the factors that put people at a higher risk of developing heart diseases.

She cited the following risk factors: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, physical inactivity, and being overweight or obese.

Vidal said it was especially important for policemen and women to be physically fit considering the nature of their jobs.

“The work of a policeman is more physical (than most other jobs). Those on patrol beats need to walk all the time, so they can’t afford to be heavy. Those who are overweight can’t chase criminals if they’re too heavy or too weak,” she said.

She said many police officers were exposed to harsh conditions every day, making it all the more important for them to engage in physical activities to improve their health.

On Friday, the PNP Health Service launched a two-month weight loss program in cooperation with Herbalife International Philippines, which seeks to engage participants in a campaign to improve their health over just eight weeks.

The program mostly features lectures on such topics as calories and exercise, healthy breakfasts, metabolism, proteins and fats, and the participants are given leeway to lose fat their own way. The challenger with the biggest weight loss after eight weeks will win P20,000 in cash.

Some 52 PNP members signed up, five of them with ranks ranging from Inspector to Superintendent, 21 noncommissioned officers, and 26 non-uniformed workers. But only 15 are expected to actually finish the program, which began on May 30 and will run until July 18, Vidal said.

Vidal said participants’ weight will be monitored every Thursday and the contestant with the highest percentage of weight loss during the two-month period will win P20,000.

“Today’s lifestyle and environmental conditions have made millions of us deficient in various nutrients needed for best health resulting to risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity,” Vidal said.

She said there were everyday activities at Camp Crame that could help a police officer trim the inches off.

“Every Tuesday and Thursday, we have aerobics and athletics days. So during this time either you join aerobics or play basketball or your favorite sports, such as badminton just so our police get some exercise,” she said.

“Or you can just walk around the oval or the grandstand,” Vidal said. With a report from Jamie Marie Elona,

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  • jpmd88

    How could they chase after criminals if they are in such bad physical shape? There should be stricter physical fitness standards that MUST be maintained for people in the service.

  • Ben Tampadong

    Nung panahon ni Sen. Lacson ang di makapag-maintain ng specific waist line me parusa or tanggal ata if my memory serves me right , yung pulis na taga sa amin makikita mo talagang nagja-jogging every morning after Lacson issued this order , dapat ibalik nila yung ganung strict order.

    • Luthmar

      Tama ka.  Under Lacson mas healthy ang mga policemen at takot sa kanya.  Seguro nga dapat ibalik si Lacson to head the PNP.

      • ryan andres

        Agree. Better in the PNP than in the senate…

  • speedstream2

    Why are many policemen overweight and/or not in good physical condition? That’s a no-brainer. Isn’t that a clear indicator of the lack of discipline among officers and their subordinates? If they can’t watch their own weights, how can they be expected to watch over the citizens, alert to the presence of criminal elements and lawbreakers? How many policemen do you see walking the streets or as they say, pounding the beat as deterrent to crime? Perhaps, this could be one of Ping Lacson’s priorities when he gets to be the DILG chief?

  • Ronald D

     Pano kasi palaging nasa BAR house/ Club nang delihensya o di kaya tumutungga ng BEER daig pa mga pulubi sa kalye na namamalimos.. iba naman sa kanila mga abusado pag may baril matapang na. Pwera lang sa iba na matino, pero karamihan sa kanila walang desiplina at bastos… yun ibang ugali naman nila nakukuha nila sa kanilang mga higher officer na KOTONG cop kaya sila din nagkokotong.

  • Regd

    E di paano, toma dito, toma doon. Karamihan ng mga yan nangangaliwete pa. Banat dito, banat doon. Paghabol ng magnanakaw, di pa naka-limampung hakbang, hingal-aso na. Pag may mabingwit na mapag-perahan, penge dito, penge doon. Punta sa tabi-tabi, inuman uli. Pag-uwi ng bahay ganun uli. Bulag-bulagan naman mga mataas opisyales ng mga yan. Anong magawa mo?
    Ibalik si Ping ang sagot dyan!

  • Juan

    puro siraulo mga yan. araw araw hindi sila nawawala sa TV na kasali sa petty crime hangang serious crime. sa T3 lang karamihan ng isinusumbong pulis.

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