Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has committed to support a host of new initiatives which will benefit communities and boost sustainable development across the Sultanate.
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The initiatives include commitments in the key areas of health, safety and the environment (HSE), community infrastructure development as well as sponsoring several programmes in education, culture and sports.
Twelve Memorandums of Collaboration (MoCs) confirming these commitments were signed at an official ceremony held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nasser bin Hilal Al Mawali, Chairman of the State Audit Institution, today (31 May) at the Crown Plaza Muscat hotel.
To support the provision of the best health services, PDO is funding the procurement of new medical equipment, which will be distributed by the Ministry of Health to local hospitals and health centres.
In addition, to support the Company's goals towards HSE excellence, PDO is sponsoring the installation of solar powered streetlights on the Adam-Haima road as well as Hamra Ad' Duru road junctions, which will benefit more than a hundred villages in the surrounding areas.
Other projects include the construction of a Camel Racetrack in Maqshan; a walk path in Thamrait; and an air-conditioned path in Izki Hospital that will link the emergency building with the health centre.
PDO Managing Director Steve Phimister, who signed a number of these agreements on behalf of PDO with high-ranking government officials, said: “PDO continues to expand its social investment programme to support the communities in which we operate.
“Our dedication and support are aimed at meeting community needs by providing critical facilities and services in areas such as health, safety, environment and cultural preservation.
“We will thrive only if the communities in which we work prosper, and these initiatives will undoubtedly empower residents and contribute to the sustainable development of Omani communities".
Another agreement signed at the event was to sponsor a study that aims to set a standard for flood protection and mitigation studies and designs through a pilot project targeting Wadi Al Hawasinah that will help in understanding the impacts of climate change.
PDO has also signed an agreement to sponsor the programmes and activities of the Cultural Club and Geological Society Oman. It will also sponsor the Paralympics team's participation in the in the Asian Games 2022, through the Oman Paralympic Committee (OPC). OPC is the driving force of Paralympic movement in Oman, working to support athletes with disabilities to excel in sport and encourage community inclusion. They had participated previously and won 23 medals and achieved third place in athletics.
In addition, PDO marked the graduation of 75 women from a Company-sponsored training programme in tailoring and embroidery in collaboration with the Omani Association for the Disabled in Sohar, as part of its Banat Oman flagship corporate social responsibility programme established to provide low-income women with the skills they need for sustainable employment.