Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has named Police Senior Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. as the new PNP spokesperson and acting chief of the PNP Public Information Office (PIO).
Durana, a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Maringal” Class 1988, replaced Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao, who has been designated as director of Police Regional Office 6 effective June 5.
Prior to his new assignment, Durana was the team leader of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations in Italy for two years.
He is a graduate of Edward S. Mason Program on Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School for mid‐career Master in Public Administration in 2013. He also holds a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Peace and Peace and Security Administration from Bicol University (2004) and Master in Public Administration at the University of the Philippines (1996).
Durana was erstwhile Intelligence Research Center chief of Directorate for Intelligence in 2010 and senior executive assistant at the Office of the Chief PNP in 2009.
He was the Aklan Police Provincial Office director in 2007, and earlier served as chief of Quezon City Police District-Cubao Station.
He also served as staff officer in various capacities in the National Capital Region Police Office, Headquaters Support Service and Special Action Force.
In 1999, he was the chief of the PIO of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
The PNP spokesperson is the official mouthpiece and publicist of the PNP on public information matters involving internal security and general peace and order. He is a personal staff officer of the chief PNP and as chief of the PIO, he is the lead implementor of the PNP Media Relations Policy.
(IN PHOTOS: PDir Eduardo Garado, Director for Police Community Relations, administered the turn over of office ceremony between outgoing PIO chief, PCSUPT John Bulalacao, and incoming chief, PSSUPT Benigno Durana Jr., on June 4, 2018 in Camp Crame, Quezon City.)