PDO Unveils Major Social Investment Plans

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

stepped up its support for the 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, PDO 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.

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 today. The event was

attended by guest of honour Saud bin Salim al-Balushi,

Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Educational Planning

and Human Resources Development.

Raoul Restucci, PDO Managing Director 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PDO is funding the replacement of outdated echocardiography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 the Wilayat of Ibri, where heart

failure is the third highest in the Sultanate, with two state-of-the-art

machines. The new machines will support the early diagnosis and

treatment of approximately 2,400 cardiac cases per year.

The Company will also supply wilayats of Haima and Al Jazir

hospitals, which serve a joint population of 17,000 residents, with

specialist medical apparatus, which will replace outdated or

unavailable equipment in various departments including general

laboratory, dental, maternity, ophthalmology, pediatrics and radiology.

Additionally, the Company is supplying two new ambulances to the

hospitals to help enhance their response time to health emergencies,

including traffic accidents, which numbered 300 in their catchment area

in 2016 alone.

Another project involves the funding of solar-powered lighting on

the approaches for Al Mafraq roundabout in the Wilayat Al Jazir, a key

traffic hub linking most major routes in South of the Sultanate. The

project aims to increase road safety at night and is another example of

PDO’s strong commitment to sustainability and its aspiration to turn the

Sultanate into a center of excellence for renewable energy efficiency.

The Company has also responded to a request to replace the

current water tank and piping infrastructure to provide safe drinking

water to the Wilayat of Thumrait benefiting around 140 people.

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 wilayats of Mahoot, Duqum and Al Jazir. The new

labs will create a suitable environment for the teaching of science,

technology, engineering and mathematics, through hands-on

experimentation and research work.

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.

We are working closely with education authorities and with our

partners to bridge the gap between what is taught in our schools and

the vocational skills needed for the workplace, and our social

investment programme helps to underpin this approach.

The MoUs confirming these commitments were signed by Restucci

and senior government officials, including Sheikh Mohammed bin Saif

al-Mahrooqi, Wali of Al Jazir; Sheikh Musallam bin Abdullah al-Hadhri,

Wali of Thumrait, Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah al-Habsi, Director General of

Health Services in the Governorate of A’Dhahirah, Mohammed bin Hilal

al-Mahrooqi, Assistant Director for Financial Affairs at the Directorate

General of Education in the Governorate of Al Wusta and Khalifa bin

Saif al-Yaqoobi, Director General of Health Services in the Governorate

of Al Wusta.

Source: Oman News Agency

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