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Inaugurated the Village Economic Center, PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) Supports the Stretching of Rural Economy

08 Sep 2018

Magelang - PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) as one of the BUMNs engaged in airport management inaugurated the Village Economic Center (Balkondes) Tegalarum, located in Borobudur District, Magelang Regency, Central Java. This shows Angkasa Pura II's commitment to the country through the support of efforts to improve the economy in the countryside.

The Village Economic Center is a program of the Ministry of BUMN that is expected to grow the economy of rural communities, especially in the Borobudur District, Magelang District, Central Java. In accordance with the government's target of bringing in as many as two million foreign tourists in the Borobudur area and around the Joglosemar area (Jogjakarta, Solo, Semarang) in 2019. PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) through the Community Development Center unit participated in the program. Also present at this event were President Director of AP II, Director of Finance of AP II, Borobudur Sub-District Head, Village Head and Tegal Arum Community and travel agents.

During the inauguration of Balkondes Tegalarum, President Director of PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) welcomed enthusiastically the realization of the construction of the Balkondes within 3km of the Borobudur Temple. Awaluddin explained that the presence of the Balkondes was the first step for the residents of Tegalarum Village to show local potentials that could improve the economy of local residents. Awaluddin said, "The Village Economic Center Program is a program of the Ministry of BUMN in order to support government programs to increase the number of foreign tourist visits targeted to reach 20 million tourists by 2019. In general, Balkondes are built to increase tourism in the Magelang region, especially lifting the Borobudur Temple and the initial steps for the residents of Tegalarum Village to show off the potential of the region Angkasa Pura II built the Balkondes with a heart, sense, intention, and based on the philosophy of values ​​of life. We hope that what Angkasa Pura II can bring progress not only in terms of the economy through the development of MSME activities but also the concept of thinking to always be a better region ", Awaluddin said.

Since the first stone laying procession took place in April, Angkasa Pura II also involved local residents to participate in building the Tegalarum Balkondes. The head of Borobudur Subdistrict, Nanda Cahyadi Pribadi said that the residents were enthusiastic in the construction of the Balkondes. This is shared by residents because Tegalarum Balkondes will be something they can be proud of and will be a place for them to channel the potential of Tegalarum's original natural wealth. Nanda stated, "The presence of Balkondes became the happiness of the Tegalarum community. As a tool for the Borobudur Sub-district, we share this happiness. The village of Tegalarum is the 18th Balkondes which have been inaugurated in Kecamatan Borobudur. Borobudur are all tourist villages that have unique potential in each region, and my hope is that the citizens of Tegalarum must play an active role in reviving the Balkondes ", said Nanda.

The theme carried out in the construction of the Balkondes is "Saka Pitu". Saka Pitu itself is a philosophy of life for humans. Saka Pitu consists of two words, Saka and Pitu. Saka means a pillar that symbolizes a firm stance for Javanese people in carrying out life. Whereas Pitu means seven which implies seven guidelines and advice for the Javanese community (Pitutur, Pituwas, Pituhu, Pituduh, P Calculation, Pituna, Pitulungan).

Furthermore, the presence of Balkondes Tegalarum is also expected to be able to contribute to the success of the International Council of Women (ICW) event which will be held in mid-September 2018 in Jogjakarta. The event, which will be attended by 1,000 delegates from 70 countries, is planned to also stop at all Balkondes that have been built by state-owned companies.

Until now there are 18 Balkondes that have been realized. There are 94 rooms that can accommodate 105 guests. The Balkondes Tegalarum built by Angkasa Pura II itself is the 18th Balkondes equipped with 17 rooms that can accommodate 34 guests. The supporting facilities contained in it include small home stays, large home stays, showers, disability toilets, public toilets, and wi-fi facilities.

Tegal Arum's Balkondes is projected to be a digital village heritage or digital heritage homestay, which is a tourist village complex that combines digital technology with the unique rural atmosphere in sharing cultural, artistic, MSME, education and agro-tourism activities.