Tops in applying gender policy

The MBSP Landscape Department team members led by Shaqhrony (second right) in jubilant mood after winning the award.

THE Landscape Department of the Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) was declared winner of the Gender Responsive and Participatory Budgeting (GRPB) Award 2019.

The winning team was rewarded RM7,000 and a challenge trophy, with each team member receiving a medal, plaque, certificate of participation and a merit certificate.

Department director Shaqhrony Md Yusoff said he did not expect the department to clinch the top position as the top five teams which took part were well- prepared and practised the GRPB concept.

“In the early stage, all the teams were equally competitive.

“We did not know who was going to take the first place, ” he said after the award ceremony held at the MPSP auditorium in Bandar Perda, Bukit Mertajam.

Shaqhrony said the department would make an effort to retain the trophy in the competition this year.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Building (Jabatan Pesuruhjaya Bangunan) grabbed the second prize of RM2,000 while the Engineering Department won the third prize and took home RM1,000.

In fourth and fifth spots were the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Department and Unit Butterworth Baharu respectively which won RM500 each.

Penang Women and Family Development, Gender Inclusiveness and Non-Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman Chong Eng officiated the award ceremony.

Also present were MBSP secretary Rosnani Mahmod, Machang Bubuk assemblyman Lee Khai Loon, MBSP Puspanita chairman Datin Che Limah Ujang and Penang Women Development Corporation chief executive officer Ong Bee Leng,

Chong Eng in her speech said that Penang was not only the first state in the country to have adopted the Gender Inclusiveness Policy but was also the pioneer state which raised and introduced GRPB at the local government level in 2012.

She said that the competition was not only to recognise MBSP departments and internal units implementing programmes using the GRPB method but also to ensure that the goals of the different groups were understood.

“When MBSP takes into account the voices of the people and their diverse needs in the budget planning of a programme or project, the community will

naturally have a sense of ownership and become a close partner at the grassroots level, ” she explained.

“I hope that the council can continue to be a leader in tackling gender issues in the state, ” she said.

The competition drew 21 council departments and units.

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