Central Governor Ms. Rufina Peter paid her first courtesy call on Department of Personnel Management Secretary Ms. Taies Sansan
Secretary Sansan and Ms. Peter had a brief meeting to look at Human Resource employment development for Central Province.
“This is my first government department visit. I think it’s logical to come to DPM first because human resources will get the work done,” said Ms. Peter.
She added that, “We all know people’s perception that PNG Politics is for men and that women are not effective political leaders, but as female political leaders, Kessy Sawang (Raicost MP) and I, have to be demonstrative and make this perception a myth. .”
Ms. Peter told a packed conference room full of DPM and Office of the Chief Censor staff that she and Ms. Sawang will have to prove that in their five years in Parliament, and stating that she is looking at Human Resource as very critical to ensure their performances are demonstrated.
“We can be political heads, but we need public servants who can articulate our vision and make it happen, and that coming to DPM was logical,” said Ms. Peter.
After meeting with Secretary Sansan, Ms. Peter met DPM staff, mostly women who gave her a rousing welcome.
DPM National Agency Director, Ms. Roselyn Wrakuavia who spoke on behalf of those present congratulated Ms. Peter, and told her that Papua New Guineans are empowered seeing such female political leaders persevere, determined and have the passion to beat the odds and get elected.
“We have staff from Central Province here, but you see a packed conference room because we all want to catch the moment and celebrate your win too,” said Ms. Wrakuavia.
DPM Secretary, Ms. Sansan also told Ms. Peter that DPM has a ratio of 60 per cent of women holding executive management positions, and the Department is looking forward to working with the Central Provincial Government in terms of public service job employment and human resource building.
Meanwhile, Ms. Peter said she needs to make sure the administration and bureaucrats administer and put people’s interest first by articulating her visions, and making sure that the 300,000 people from Central Province from Amazon Bay up to Goilala are happy that a woman has delivered services.