ONE of the keys to bringing the men and women in uniform closer to the people is the appointment of a highly-effective “mouthpiece” and “publicist” of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
With the continued existence of a few rogue police officers and men, the appointment of S/Supt. Bernard M. Banac as the new PNP spokesman is, without doubt, a welcome development.
Banac replaced Chief Supt. Benigno B. Durana Jr., who was named by PNP chief Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde as the PNP Director for Police-Community Relations (DPCR).
As the public information officer (PIO), Banac, a member of Class 1992 of the elite Philippine Military Academy, communicates the national police agency’s programs and policies to the people.
“My marching order is to effectively communicate the programs and policies of the PNP with utmost transparency and of great service to the public,” said the 48-year-old Banac.
He was also quick to emphasize the importance of further fostering better relationship with the media -- print and broadcast -- for a more effective partnership.
Prior to his new assignment, Banac was the assistant chief of the PNP Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies. Likewise, he used to be the Chief of Staff of the PNP Engineering Service.
Banac also served as director of the Sorsogon Police Provincial Office (PPO) and company commander of the elite PNP Special Action Force (SAF) following his graduation from PMA in 1992.
Pancho M. Dingle, a former barangay official of Pindangan East, Alcala, Pangasinan, shared the view of Banac that there’s a need for the PNP and the media to work in unison.
“Dapat magtulungan ang dalawa para maiparating sa publiko ang magagandang ginagawa ng mga pulis para sa bayan at mamamayan,” said Dingle, a great fan of the men and women in uniform.
“Nakakalungkot kasi na kung minsan ay hindi nalalaman ng ating mga kababayan, lalo na sa mga malalayong lugar, ang mga kabayanihang nagagawa ng ating mga pulis,” lamented Dingle.