Cops surpass 500k lbs weight loss target

Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 14 2017 07:03 PM

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) do exercises as part of a nationwide weight-loss challenge in Camp Crame, Quezon City, June 13, 2017. File photo

MANILA- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has surpassed its target weight loss of 500,000 lbs under its program dubbed "Mission: Slim Possible."

During the program's culmination on Thursday, PNP Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario congratulated the force for "donating" a total of 625,637 pounds, exceeding its weight loss target.

"Our efforts for the Slim Possible is successful as we were able to surpass our weight loss target [and reach] 121.13 percent. The PNP units were able to comply with the number of pounds targeted," Apolinario said in his speech.

Launched in June, the 6-month weight loss program aimed to ensure that the entire police force would be fitter and healthier and prevent them from suffering lifestyle diseases.

PNP Health Service Director Chief Supt. Edward Carranza said the weight loss program is not new to policemen as they are required to undergo an annual physical test.

But Slim Possible was more challenging as officers were required to shed extra pounds within a certain period of time.

Carranza said officers warmly welcomed "Mission: Slim Possible."

"At the start, it was kinda hard because of the change. Sometimes, we don't easily adapt to change, but with the leadership shown by our Chief PNP, all the unit commanders were bent on complying with the 500,000-lbs requirement," he said.