Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia donated educational and health care facilities to the residents of Luwuk, Central Sulawesi, as part of its "Partnership and Environmental Development Program," on Wednesday (12/10). (BeritaSatu Photo/Danung Arifin)

Garuda Indonesia Donates Educational, Health Care Facilities to Luwuk, Central Sulawesi

BY :DHANIA PUTRI SARAHTIKA

OCTOBER 14, 2016

Jakarta. Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia donated educational and health care facilities to the residents of Luwuk, Central Sulawesi, as part of its "Partnership and Environmental Development Program," on Wednesday (12/10).

Represented by Dion Ediono, Garuda's vice president for Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua, the carrier held several charity and community-empowerment programs. In one of the programs, "State-owned Enterprise Teaches," Garuda taught high-school students about airline industry. With "State-owned Enterprise for the Country," it participated in improving the facilities at SMAN 1 Mamansa senior high school by helping to fix the school building and donating computers for the students to prepare for their national exam.

Garuda also gave supplementary foods for children in community health centers in Hunduhon and Lobu, and donated equipment for community clinics for children and pregnant women in Uwedikan and Bolobukang.

Garuda Indonesia corporate communications vice president Benny S. Butarbutar said education and health care are of key importance to society's welfare.

"Garuda Indonesia is certain that education is an important tool to produce adequate human resources. The quality of education in can influence the changes and the residents' quality of life. The same goes for the quality of health care, which is aligned with the society's welfare," Benny said.

Luwuk was chosen not only because it is one of Garuda's domestic destinations, but also because of its struggling economy. It is situated in Central Sulawesi, which reportedly has lower than the average national income.

The national airline aims to support the government in improving the quality of education and health care in underprivileged areas.

"Garuda Indonesia's support towards the advancement of education and child health care is also part of our corporate social responsibility and our commitment to help the government provide welfare across Indonesia," Benny added.

Garuda currently has 137 flight routes, serving 18 international destinations and 62 domestic ones. Passengers can fly to Luwuk from Makassar on Bombardier CRJ1000 aircraft.

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