In the middle of 2018, the first campus in West Manggarai Regency will soon be present in the middle of the Labuan Bajo community.
For this reason, a ground breaking ceremonial event to mark the start of the construction of the Politeknik eLBajo Commodus campus was held at the campus location, precisely in Kampung Lancang, Wae Kelambu Village, Komodo District, on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
In addition to the board of the Bangkit Anak Negeriku Foundation (YBANK) as the organizer and several lecturer representatives, this ground breaking event was attended by Kopertis Region XIII Coordinator, Prof. Dr. I Nengah Dasi Astawa, and the Regent of West Manggarai, Drs. Agustinus Ch. Dula, who was accompanied by Assistant I, Drs. Benedict Banu. West Manggarai police chief, AKBP Julisa Kusumo W, representatives of West Manggarai SKPD, Danramil Komodo, Danpos AL Komodo, high school / vocational representatives in Labuan Bajo, PKK TP Chairperson, Maria AM Daduk Dula, Komodo Sub-District Head, Kelurahan Wae Kelambu, and a number of Komodo Navy Danpos, SMA / SMK representatives in Labuan Bajo, PKK TP Chairperson, Maria AM Daduk Dula, Komodo Sub-District Head, Kelurahan Wae Kelambu religious leaders, and various elements of Labuan Bajo society.
The ceremonial ceremony for the laying of the first stone began with a Manggarai traditional ceremony hosted by Theodorus Urus, a traditional elder from Lancang Village, along with other Lancang community leaders. After the traditional ceremony was completed, the program continued with prayers from religious leaders, namely Father Richardus Manggu (Catholic), Ps. Rudi Siswanto (Protestant), and Ust. Mukhtar Hadiyono (Islam). With the traditional program and the prayer reading, it is hoped that the construction of the eLBajo Commodus Polytechnic campus can run smoothly without obstacles.
After the prayer, the procession of laying the first stone was carried out alternately, including by the Regent of West Manggarai, Chairman of the BANK Foundation, Kopertis Region XIII Coordinator, religious leaders, as well as several other agency representatives. Meanwhile, in his remarks, the Regent of West Manggarai expressed his appreciation for the planned establishment of this campus, because the desire for the presence of Higher Education in the West Manggarai region would soon be answered, especially with the rapid growth of tourism in cities that are popular because of the Komodo icon.
"There was an initial disappointment, because the communication with the foundation had stopped. But apparently today, we are both witnessing and laying the cornerstone for the construction of the eLBajo campus, and this development is definitely a success. " he said. The Regent also urged West Manggarai children no longer need to leave the area to continue their education because there is already a campus here.