September 2019, Muscat : Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has unveiled its commitment to support a raft of new community initiatives as part of its Social Investment program, where it announced five new agreements, including commitment in key areas of health, agriculture and infrastructure, according to the company’s website.
PDO is partially funding the construction of Al Wafa Rehabilitation Centre in Samail. The 822 square-meter facility, which is also being supported by a local donor, will provide a safe and modern environment for disabled children and reduce commuting exposure.
On the health and safety front, the company is increasing its support for constructing the Thumrait Hospital, which is the largest medical facility in the area, and will serve a large portion of the community and potentially PDO staff and contractors due to its proximity to Harweel. In addition to that, 10 electronic beds have been funded for the Renal Dialysis unit in Nizwa Hospital to enhance the quality of this crucial service and ease the suffering of patients.
PDO is also funding the repair and maintenance of the Falaj Al Asgharyn in Manah, which is watering more than 10,000 palm trees in the area, and installing shades for selling livestock and animal food in the Hamra Al Duru slaughterhouse, also funded by PDO. Both projects will enhance the value chain in the agriculture and farming industries.
The five funding agreements confirming these commitments were signed at an official ceremony held under the auspices of His Excellency Dr. Darwish bin Saif Al Maharbi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Administrative and Financial Affairs, at PDO’s Knowledge World venue in Muscat on September 11, 2019.
H.E. Dr. Al Maharbi commended PDO’s ongoing cooperation with the Ministry of Health, saying, “These initiatives confirm the partnership between the government and private sectors, that serve the interest of the nation and citizens.”
“The two projects signed with the Ministry of Health are a significant addition to the health services in the governorates of Al Dhakhiliya and Dhofar, and will improve the quality of services provided to patients in those areas,” added H.E. Dr. Al Maharbi.
The ceremony also included the graduation of 25 disabled people from a four-month training programme funded by PDO. The graduates are currently working as cashiers at supermarkets in different locations including Muscat, Nizwa, Sohar and Barka.
PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci said, “We are committed to investing in the communities in which we work with targeted social investment projects, such as the ones signed today.”
“The welfare of people and the natural environment are enshrined in PDO’s business principles, and we will always strive to be an efficient and responsible operator that protects and empowers the communities in our concession area and beyond,” added Mr. Restucci.
The agreements confirming these commitments were signed by Mr. Restucci and senior government officials, including H.E. Dr. Al Maharbi, H.E. Ali bin Mohammed Al Abri, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources for Water Resources and H.E. Sheikh Majed bin Khalifa Al Harthy, Wali of Samail.