Bank Mandiri has presented awards to 36 community associations (RT) in five areas of Jakarta and the Thousand Islands in recognition of their environmental hygiene and tidiness, and another 36 RT in a special category as part of stage II of the “Mandiri My City, My Clean Jakarta" program (MKBJ II). The winning RT will receive a total of Rp 1.24 billion in development funding.
The awards were presented by Bank Mandiri CEO Zulkifli Zaini at Monas Square on Sunday (24/2). The presentation ceremony was witnessed by Minister of SOEs Dahlan Iskan, Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan, Minister of Tourism and Creative Industries Mari Elka Pangestu and Deputy Vice Governor of Jakarta Basuki Purnama Tjahaja.
Bank Mandiri CEO Zulkifli Zaini said that the Bank had allocated Rp 4.97 billion in environmental development funds to support the implementation of the program, from the registration stage up to the presentation of the awards.
"The ‘Mandiri My City, My Clean Jakarta” program is part of a movement that comes from people who instinctively care about the environment without having to be forced, so that the people of Jakarta can be more concerned and responsible, both physically and emotionally, for the environment," said Zulkifli Zaini.
A total of 613 RT from five areas of Jakarta and the Thousand Islands took part in stage II of the competition. The participants were divided into two clusters -- cluster A, for those RT with green environments, and Cluster B for those whose environments are not green. The total number of participants in the second stage was significantly ahead of stage I, when only 250 RT took part.
Since the announcement of the competition in July 2012, 613 RT registered to participate in the MKBJ II. After an assessment process that lasted 6 months (August 2012 - January 2013), the top 36 RT were selected based on the following criteria: cleanliness and waste management, neighborhood greening, growing of household medicinal plants, participation in community service, overall aesthetics, local policies and branding. The 36 RT were divided into two clusters (cluster A and cluster B) in each part of Jakarta and the Thousand Islands. In addition, another 36 RT were selected as the top achievers in a special category, namely, the most attractive, most compact and most enthusiastic RT in each cluster in each region. The judges came from a variety of backgrounds, including the media, academia, NGOs and government.
As part of phase II of the MKBJ, 6 RT (one each for the 5 municipalities of Jakarta and one for the Thousand Islands) were also selected as winners in the “local wisdom” category based on economic activities at the local level. In addition, awards were presented to five leading environmental figures who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication and commitment to improving the environment in Greater Jakarta.
Zulkifli said that this program to empower the people of Jakarta was part of the Bank Mandiri’s Environmental Development Program. In 2012, he continued, the EDP is focused on three main pillars: First, the creation of self-reliant communities through the “Mandiri Bersama Mandiri” (Self Reliant with Mandiri) Program, which involves the integrated mentoring of community groups and communities in the areas of capacity, infrastructure, capability and access.
Second, self-reliance through education and entrepreneurship, which is promoted through the “Wirausaha Muda Mandiri” (Mandiri Young Entrepreneur) Program and the Mandiri Peduli Pendidikan (Mandiri Cares for Education) Program, both of which are designed to help mold future leaders who are capable of meeting the challenges of global competition.
And finally, the delivery of environmentally friendly facilities through six key programs: providing water supply infrastructure; developing renewable energy; planting trees on critical land; planting and maintaining mangrove trees; developing urban parks, and promoting eco tourism.