Dubbed “Mission: Slender Hope 2.0.” with the theme “Balik Tikas, Balik Alindog ” is a 12- month fitness program created by the PNP to ensure its personnel achieve and maintain normal BMI to help them become more physically and mentally fit in the performance of their duties. It is focused on shredding excess weight to ensure fitness and wellness.
BMI is a measure of body fat based on weight to height and is used to determine whether a person is in a healthy weight range for his height. It helps health professionals assess risk for chronic diseases.
IPPO Director Colonel David Mariano said the BMI requirement is part of efforts to professionalize the organization and attain respect of the people they serve.
“It is for the advantage of the organization and all personnel. BMI compliant is also a qualification in recruitment, schooling and promotion so I’m encouraging police personnel to take it seriously to have a successful career,” Mariano said.
During the launching, Corporal Marjorie Batton, a nurse by profession, conducted a wellness lecture to IPPO personnel. She stressed that BMI is more of an individual responsibility giving priority to health in order to live longer.
The fitness regiment will form part of the regular activities of the PNP in the province (JDP/MBL-PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon