Secretary Ismael D. Sueno of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has lauded Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa for re-launching the physical fitness program for the police organization despite the turbulent weather late last week.
Sueno said that the PNP's physical fitness program would enable our police personnel to deal with their daily grueling task of chasing alleged criminals and suspected drug pushers and users.
"Mahirap gumalaw at tumakbo kapag wala sa kondisyon ang katawan. Kaya dapat tuloy-tuloy ang ensayo at ehersisyo para matikas, maliksi at matibay sila at handang makipagsabayan sa mga kriminal ," he said.
The DILG Secretary said that it is very essential for police personnel to have sound health especially now that they are faced with the huge challenge of realizing President Rodrigo Duterte's vow to crush illegal drugs in three to six months.
He also reiterated his previous reminder to the PNP to observe the police operation procedures set forth under PNP Police Operational Procedures (POP) Manual in apprehending, conducting or effecting arrests, raids, searches, and seizures of evidences and personalities involved in the illegal drug and other criminal activities.
"Habang pinapalakas ng ating mga kapulisan ang kanilang katawan sa pamamagitan ng ehersisyo, ipinapaalala din natin sa kanila na sundin ang tamang proseso sa pagpapatupad ng kampanya laban sa droga," he added.
Over 1,500 policemen headed by Dela Rosa joined the comprehensive physical fitness program last week. They hiked for three kilometers from White Plains, Katipunan Avenue to Camp Crame. At the headquarters, they capped the activity with a Zumba Dance workout.
Dela Rosa said that many of the police officers will have a hard time complying with the 34-inch waistline that was previously implemented during the time of PNP Chief Panfilo Lacson. He stated that he will not be very strict in implementing the said waistline measurement but he will base the health status of the police officers on their body mass index.
Source: Philippine Information Agency