Overweight cops told: Lose weight or risk being passed over for promotion


Posted at Jan 10 2020 09:25 AM

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MANILA — Overweight policemen who fail to improve their physique could be disqualified for promotion, the Philippine National Police's officer-in-charge warned Friday.

Around 54 percent of policemen have a normal body mass index, while 36 percent are overweight and 9 percent are obese, said PNP OIC Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa.

Overweight policemen will be barred from taking specialization and career courses, which are prerequisites for some plum posts and promotions, he said.

"Magiging effect n'yan is (its effect will be the) possibility of non-promotion," he told radio DZMM.

"Paano ka makakahabol ng kriminal kung ganyang malaki ka?" he added.

(How can you chase criminals if you're overweright?)

Many policemen experience health problems after retiring from the service, noted Gamboa.

"Very demanding ang trabaho ng kapulisan. 'Pag hindi healthy ang lifestyle mo during the service... magsa-suffer ka," he said.

(The job of policemen is very demanding. If your lifestyle during the service is not healthy, you'll suffer.)

Even Metro Manila police chief Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas promised to "do something about his weight," Gamboa mentioned.

DZMM, Jan. 10, 2020