Bacolod City Police Director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, yesterday said he will order a more intensified physical fitness program for the city police to reduce their waistlines.
De la Paz said this is in line with the directive of newly-installed Philippine National Police chief General Nicanor Bartolome to reactivate the waistline-reduction policy among obese policemen popularized by former PNP Director and now Senator Panfilo Lacson.
Bartolome said he thinks it is time to keep the policemen fit and trim but now they will focus only on the body mass index.
In 2000, Lacson prescribed 34 inches as the maximum regulation waist measurement for all police personnel, who will undergo a three-month physical fitness program, and if they fail, they will not be allowed to keep their jobs.
De la Paz said policemen need to reduce their waistlines so they will have more endurance during police operations and could easily chase escaping suspects.
He said BCPO personnel do physical fitness exercises every Tuesday and Thursday at the city police headquarters to keep them fit and he is also entertaining the idea of having the policemen undergo tae bo exercises.
De la Paz said policemen with large waistlines look like drunkards, gluttons and lazy, so they need to exercise.*APN