Philippine National Police

PNP suspends BMI requirement for cops

Jairo Bolledo
PNP suspends BMI requirement for cops

DISCIPLINE. Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa has a new target: policemen with big tummies.

In signing the suspension order, PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar says he considered the struggles of cops during the pandemic

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday, July 13, suspended the Body Mass Index (BMI) requirement for policemen following a recommendation from one of its units. 

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he signed the suspension order after taking into consideration the struggles of policemen to lose weight during the pandemic.

“In approving this, we took into consideration the balance between the workload of all our personnel in this time of pandemic and the need for them to comply with this Memorandum Circular just to be promoted,” Eleazar said in a statement. 

However, Eleazar clarified that the suspension will be lifted once everything returns to normal. 

The PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) recommended the suspension after it received a petition from cops protesting the said requirement. The recommendation was submitted on June 29 and was received by the Office of the Chief of the PNP on Monday, July 12.

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The PNP Memorandum Circular 2020-029 mandates that “only PNP personnel with normal and/or PNP acceptable BMI shall be considered for promotion.” The memorandum was issued by former PNP chief Archie Gamboa with hopes of addressing the “quality issues” of the PNP regarding “unfit” policemen. 

The successors of Gamboa continued his project. Even former PNP chief Debold Sinas enrolled himself in the program. 

On May 3, Sinas said he had lost 72 pounds, or 32.7 kilograms, in five months. –

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Jairo Bolledo

Jairo Bolledo is a multimedia reporter at Rappler covering the police, crime, military, and security.