Fat cops at Camp Crame ordered to undergo weight loss plan

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Nicanor Bartolome

PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome

Over 3,000 policemen assigned to Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters at Camp Crame, or half the force there, are overweight and will have to undergo an eight-week slimming program.

Nearly one in 10 policemen at the camp in Quezon City were also found to be obese.

The findings prompted PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome Jr. to warn the 145,000-strong nationwide force they could lose their jobs if they were not physically fit.

“According to PNP regulations, failed Physical Fitness Test ratings are grounds for separation from the service,” said PNP spokesperson Senior Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr.

All PNP personnel are required to undergo a physical fitness test twice a year to determine if they are in shape to perform police work.

The test involves a middle-distance run, pullups, pushups and situps, as well as an electrocardiogram and body mass indexing.

An overweight adult has a body mass index of between 25 and 29.9. The BMI is a measure of one’s body fat computed based on his or her weight and height. An adult is obese if he or she has a BMI of 30 and more.

Malacañang on Saturday expressed concern over the finding that more than half of the policemen at Camp Crame were overweight.

“We understand that, yes, half of our policemen, I think, that are assigned to Camp Crame are overweight and, of course, this is a point of concern,” said Valte over state-run radio station dzRB.

“It’s not really for the weight but it’s more for the health because if one’s overweight, according to the [Department of Health], there’s a greater risk of heart attacks and other diseases, so it’s better to be physically fit and healthy,” she said.

The Palace expressed support for the eight-week weight-loss program the PNP launched on Friday.

“We are happy the PNP launched the…eight-week program for these policemen so they can shed the holiday weight they’ve been lugging around since Christmas,” Valte joked.

According to the PNP Health Service, 3,283 officers and employees at its national headquarters were overweight while 588 were obese. The PNP has a total of 6,253 personnel assigned to Camp Crame out of more than 145,000 nationwide.

The health service also said that 2,376 camp personnel had normal weights, while six were underweight.

Originaly posted on: Jun 10, 2012 @ 8:54 p.m.

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  • $18209031

    Wala pag asa mga yan . Palaging nakaupo , hayahay ang buhay pulis . Ang kinakain pa adobong baboy , tinolang chiken, asado at menudo. Red Horse tagay taga sabado at domingo . Sa kilkil lang nila buhay na ang saya at pamilya.

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    bartolome should alredy resign.  this late in his tenure, he still had not returned to the basics to better equip him with his job as the pnp top man.

    for info chief, there is nothing in the regulations about being separated from the service because of weight.  what there is, is the pft and it is individual responsibility.  leave the policemen to take care of themselves.  just make sure that you strongly enforce the pft standards.  leave policemen alone as long as they pass the pft.

    start with your mistahs and underclassmen generals.  many of them just bully their way through the pft!  many of them are already unfit and cannot even perform 10 push ups.  can’t identify who they are?  just look at the short list of your possible successors!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CFZ2Q7RFJ6PWRYMM3NJ7JB4KSE Dynamic

    They should enforce 8 hour foot patrol as main part of the program…

  • kailapaig

    I can’t understand why that it’s really very obvious that there are so many more anomalies on the streets about our police..overweight is just a small problem. Our PNP general is blind not seeing the corruption of our police force. Why can’t he see these faults..open your eyes general and do something. You’re too cold about your job..why don’t you assign plain clothes police or spies to catch police officers extorting money from poor Filipino drivers all over the country..I’m sure you know this is very rampant..especially in metro manila and along the Highways. 

    • D L

      extorting money is mostly manila problem, i’ve never been extorted after moving to visayas (not cebu, not sure about cebu). if i don’t travel to manila i don’t even bother to change the stickers, i just renew registration and keep the stickers in the car in unopened plastic.

      in manila i always get extorted at least once, since modus of operandi of police change and old experience avoiding police traps is not always relevant. e.g. they may install regular bulb on traffic red light which is not noticeable in daylight and catch “erring” drivers which went on “red”.

      the money apparently goes all way up, since the higher rank the higher bribe they ask.

      the goverment needs to check bank accounts and properties of at least higher ranks police and their relatives, they will be suprised (or maybe not). if higher rank won’t be corrupted the lower rank can be handled approprietly. corona was just a distraction and most likely not even a thief.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H64OMUZZAV6WFG3XNO4SUAYSJU bobski43

    Hey guys remember the song ” pulis, pansit sa ilalim ng tulay” ? equals obese!!!

  • katindig

    Paano di tumaba mga pulis ang sarap yatang kumain ng libre.  At pag ang perang pinang bili mo ay galing sa kotong di sila naghihinayang kahit mamahalin na pagkain at mamahaling inumin at pulutan.

  • richard ortega

    sana ay baguhin na ang sistema sa pagkuha ng pulis, alam kung mahirap din ang trabaho nila pero ngayon na ang tamang panahon na linisin na ang hanay ng mga kapulisan hanggang ang kanilang mga pinuno ngayon ay hindi magnanakaw. dapat silang isalagay sa training at seminars. dapat lahat ng pulis na nasasangkot sa krimen ay tinatanggal na agad.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    Para sa akin, OK lang yang overweight  ang pulis, BASTA  HONEST  AT  HINDI  CORRUPT !  Yan ang  mas mahalaga. . . . Para magbago na ang pagtingin sa kanila nga taong bayan . . . .      Mamahalin na sila ng taong bayan. . .

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/S5YO3T26LBZDDZHAFXHZ6DGAWE dequis

    baka face dethickening program

  • julymorning

    DAPAT ETONG MGA PULIS PATOLA NATO AY ITAPON LAHAT SA MINDANAW AT PAAKYATIN SA BUNDOK. AM PRETTY SURE HINDI SILA MAKAKAHULI KAHIT ISANG ABU SAYAF, PERO BAKA SAKALING LUMIIT ANG MGA TYAN NA BUSOG SA PANGONGOTONG.  ANG PINAS LANG ANG SIKAT SA MGA PULIS NA WALANGHIYA, MGA KRIMINAL,  AT WALANG MGA UTAK. ANG LALAKI PA NG MGA SWELDO NG MGA BOBONG ETO. SA AMERIKA, PAG NAKAKITA KA NG PULIS, SAFE ANG FEELING MO. DITO SA PINAS, PAG MAKAKITA KA NG PULIS, NANGANGANIB ISANDAAN MO O BUHAY MO. HAY NAKU! MGA ABNOY TALAGA, RIGHT PNOY?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNASVGXZ23VCJWV7KO7WPDIKKI George

      send them scavenging the stolen money of your idol, the Macapagal-Arroyos, maiinspire, papawisan, papayat.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TNASVGXZ23VCJWV7KO7WPDIKKI George

    if they pay their meals/merienda/drinks, very sure papayat ‘yan

    • doublecross

       hehehehehe….isama mo yon PANG-TOMA!

  • doublecross

    health is wealth…..kaso may extra sila, kaya may extra rin ang tiyan nila—-ask mo yan kay singson!

  • doublecross

    bakit kayo mahiya sa tumbok ng tiyan….mas mahiya kayo sa mga illegal na gawain ninyo!
    don’t tainted and painted your clean uniform!!!!!!!

  • rapas_gamrud

    Police today need not only physical fitness but moral and spiritual rejuvenation. 

  • pls_all_rice

    disiplina lang ng taong bayan ang kailangan. huwag mag bigay ng kotong sa pnp para wala sila pang pulutan na nakaakabigat ng timbang.

  • Rathbumo

    DG Nick Bartolome, you were the spokesman of then DG Ping Lacson, and you know how he disciplines his ranks, do the same. Ipa implement mo ulit yung 34″ waistline policy para hindi nagmumukhang butete ang mga pulis mo. Kaya mo yan Sir.

  • kilabot

    the ghost of pinky lacson is slowly creeping in. goodbye robredo.

  • sweet_m

    gumawa batas ng 3x a week mandatory 1hr minimum physical training, suspension, demotion at half-pay for 2-4months or worst, kick out from service.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    yan ang resulta ng libreng lamoy….

    ang periodical pft na sinasagawa nila ay mahigpit lang sa mga lower mammals pero napakaluwag naman sa mga senior officers

  • Bart Simpson

    tagal naman ng 2013 para mkaupo na si ping lacson sa DILG.

  • Mayu04

    si Larry Martin (biggest loser – Phils), dating police na natanggal ata sa trabaho coz of the waist line nung panahon ni Lacson. . .
    pwede siguro nilang i hire as fitness expert. . . malaki ang improvement niya eh .. .
    nasabi lang naman. . .

  • archangel uriel

    hahaha ….. dapat talaga mag-reduce na kayo …. pagdating dyan ni lacson next year lagot kayong mga malalaki ang tyan…… kaya mag YAKULT  na kayo….hehe

    • ryan andres

      hahaha yakult amputs… tapos tatanungin sila ni Lacson, ok ka ba tyan???

  • opinyonlangpo

    For some, it is status symbol. That’s one reason why they joined the police force.

  • pinoypenoy

    I thought for a while that the big bellies were required to help conceal their weapons.

  • Mario Salazar

    Sa P17,000 na sweldo ng isang pulis, paano kaya lumaki ang ‘puson’ nila? With that salary, with just one kid in college, it would be extremely hard to make both ends meets, what more with a ‘fat cop’. There are just two reason having fat belly, one is if you are extremely malnourish or you drink so much beer. Saan kaya galing ang pera na pinangiinum ng mga taga PNP. Their belly does not jib with their salary. They must have some other sources of income. He he he. Joke lang, walang barilan!

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