By ayan c. mellejor
It’s not the infamous Davao Death Squad but a green or food revolution campaign wherein police officers become “dirt diggers” at Camp Quintin Merecido in Panacan.
Dubbed Davao Dirt Squad (DDS), Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 spokesperson Chief Inspector Andrea dela Cerna said the campaign will aid police accomplish their Mission: Slim Possible, a weight loss program for the police in the Davao region.
“It’s Dirt to represent earth,” Dela Cerna said. She said the campaign is also about life because they will grow plants. Most of all it should also correct the impression of some quarters that the police indiscriminately kill people.
The campaign will be launched next week after the police undergo a two-hour urban container gardening training which starts Thursday. This is a partnership with the Rotary Club of Downtown Davao. Dela Cerna said PRO XI is also seeking support from the Department of Agriculture (DA) 11 for the provision of vegetable seedlings.
The objective of the campaign is to practice healthy lifestyle and lose extra pounds with a combination of 20 percent exercise and 80 percent food and proper nutrition.
Urban gardening is also being promoted by the city government as a scheme to guarantee food and environmental safety as well as reduce expenses through the application of organic fertilizers.
The city government wants to teach people to plant even without backyards so that there is food on hand which would mean savings to the grocery budget.
Dela Cerna said proper diet and nutrition would help the police personnel lose weight but maintaining good health not only through exercise.
“We plan to cascade this project to our families…to the city, provincial level,” she said. This will also be offered to the drug reformists.
The 170,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP) is committed to losing 500,000 pounds collectively for six months.