(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat- Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has stepped up its support for Omani communities with a range of new social investment commitments in the key areas of health, education, safety, and infrastructure.
Among a package of initiatives, the company is funding vital medical equipment which will benefit thousands of residents, a new system to provide safe drinking water for a remote village, the refurbishment of school science labs, and an innovative road safety initiative using renewable energy.
According to a press release, PDO unveiled the full list of projects at an official signing ceremony of eight Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with community leaders at its Knowledge World complex on Thursday. The event was attended by H E Saud bin Salim al Balushi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Educational Planning and Human Resources Development.
PDO managing director Raoul Restucci said: 'PDO is committed to supporting Omani communities with targeted social investment to address specific needs. These latest MoUs will bring direct benefits to a number of people and good causes across the sultanate and show that, notwithstanding the challenging economic environment, we are staying the course on our corporate social responsibility programme.'
PDO is funding the replacement of outdated echocardiography equipment for the regional hospital in Ibri with two state-of-the-art machines. The company will also supply Haima and Al Jazir hospitals with specialist medical apparatus which will replace outdated or unavailable equipment in various departments.
Additionally, the company is supplying two new ambulances to the hospitals to help enhance their response time to health emergencies.
Another project involves the funding of solar-powered lighting on the approaches to, and on, Al Mafraq roundabout in wilayat Al Jazir, a key traffic hub.
The Company has also responded to a request to replace the current water tank and piping infrastructure to provide safe drinking water to the village of Barsas in wilayat Thumrait.
'Health and safety remain at the top of PDO's priorities and the Company is committed to enhancing these areas both within the boundaries of our operations and beyond,' Restucci added.
PDO is also funding the refurbishment of science laboratories within three schools, catering for almost 1,000 students in PDO's concession area in Mahoot, Al Duqum and Al Jazir.
Restucci concluded: 'Investing in science and technical education like this is important as we believe hands-on laboratory learning is both an effective teaching method and also fosters the students' interest in subjects which are central to Oman's future.'