Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Korindo Group, a company engaged in oil palm plantation, is committed in supporting the implementation of Nawa Cita vision, or developing Indonesia from the periphery in order to accelerate infrastructure development that can improve the quality of life of people around the oil palm concession areas.
One of the areas is Boven Digoel Regency, Papua, which is one of the most eastern region and is a direct border with the neighbouring country, Papua New Guinea.
Through one of its subsidiaries in oil palm industry, PT Tunas Sawa Erma (TSE), Korindo has provided a significant contribution in realizing infrastucture development and the community’s capacity in the 73 thousand populated district.
The Deputy General Manager of TSE, Daniel Sim Ayomi stated that in providing its contribution to the community, his team refers to the main program of five pillars, namely education/social culture, health, economy, environment, and infrastructure.
“In all of our operational areas, our first priority is being able to give back to the community and environment. The 5 pillars become guidelines, in doing the company’s social contribution activities and in our entire cycle of work,” he said when met by ANTARA not long ago.
In terms of infrastructure, Korindo has built a number of social facilities such as worship places, schools, clinics, and bridges. In fact, Asiki Clinic, a clinic built by Korindo in Jair District, Boven Digoel, Papua, managed to receive a title of The Best Primary Clinic at the National Level in last August. This complemented the title of Best Performance of Primary Clinic in Papua and West Papua awarded by BPJS Health last 2017.
This clinic plays an important role in improving the quality of the surrounding community. This is because prior to Asiki Clinic’s presence, people had to travel up to 12 hours to get access to the nearest health facility, which is located in Merauke.
Korindo also seeks to drive the economic wheel for the community by providing skill and capacity development, starting from planting, livestock farming, to brick-making. Ayomi continued by saying that this is Korindo’s efforts so people can start a business independently, and in the end, open work opportunities for clan members, and improve the economy of families in the community.
“So it’s not merely a contribution that can run out after one-two time use. We also want people to be economically independent,” he added.
Not only that, Korindo also seeks to improve the quality of human resources, especially the next generation in Indonesia by supporting the government programs in education. The support is reflected on Industrial Field Work Practice (PKL) held by the company for vocational high school (SMK) students in the company’s operational area.
Later on, the students will be placed in several posts in Korindo according to their educational backgrounds, such as Office Administration, Agribusiness, and others.
In its efforts to improve the education in the remote areas, Korindo also provided scholarships to the students. The scholarships were given to students so they can further their education at various levels, starting from elementary school, junior high school, high school, to college level. On the other side, Korindo also provided stationery and toy supplies for children, with aim to improve the school quality and increase play tools for children at playgroup level.
Justinus Gambenop, one of the customary rights owners in Subur District, which is Korindo Group concession area, stated that Korindo’s presence in his region is described as “from darkness to light.” This is because, before Korindo started its opration in the region, which directly borders with Papua New Guinea, Boven Digoel was very disadvantaged in physical infrastructure development and economy.
“The most noticeable was the opening of so many job opportunities and development of so many public facilities such as clinic, schools, worship places, and so on,” Justinus stated.