(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) As part of its corporate social responsibility, PDO will spend more than RO5.5mn on 13 projects covering various parts of the sultanate. Thirteen memoranda of understanding (MoUs) relating to the projects were signed on Wednesday by Raoul Restucci, managing director, and Abdul-Amir al Ajmi, external affairs director, PDO in the presence of government and non-government organisation representatives.
The ceremony took place under the auspices of H E Dr Mohammed bin Hamad al Rumhi, Minister of Oil and Gas and chairman of the PDO board of directors. One of the projects will see construction of a drug rehabilitation centre in the wilayat of Amerat in Muscat governorate. It will provide care for patients after they are discharged from Al Masarrah Hospital.
The centre will have 14 three-room villas to accommodate up to 84 people and skilled health professionals
Other projects include a new 60-bed intensive care unit at Khoula Hospital, four public parks in the wilayats of Adam, Bahla, Manah and Samail, two majlis and a multi-purpose hall in the wilayat of Izki for social activities and meetings.
PDO has also joined hands with the Omani Women's Association to train 75 women from Muscat governorate in traditional craft and sweet making.
Moreover, it will provide wheelchairs, hearing aids and other equipment to the Oman Association for the Disabled, a 15-seater bus and a 4WD vehicle to the Care Centre for Disabled Children in Muscat.
Another initiative will see PDO and Oman Earthwatch Programme conduct three research projects on sultanate's diverse ecosystem. These will cover Jebel Akhdar and Jebel Shams, Arabian leopards in Jebel Samhan and biodiversity of Al Hajar mountains.
Speaking on the occasion, H E Dr Rumhi said, ''The country's oil and gas sector generates wealth for the nation which enriches the economy and society, and I am happy that PDO has made this social investment which addresses real need in a targeted and structured way.''
Restucci said, ''This is the biggest one-off social investment commitment that PDO has ever made and covers the largest number of agreements we have signed with ministries and NGOs.''
H E Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Mohammed al Shuhi, Minister of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, H E Dr Mohammed bin Saif al Hosni, Undersecretary for Health Affairs in the Ministry of Health, H E Sheikh Dr Khalifa bin Hamed bin Hilal al Saadi, Governor of Dakhliyah, Naashiah al Kharousi, a member of the State Council and chairperson of the Omani Women's Association, Yahya bin Abdullah al Amri, chairman of the Oman Association for the Disabled, Khalfan bin Harub al Jabri, director general of Planning and Research in the Ministry of Social Development and Nigel Winser, executive vice president of Earthwatch were also at the signing.<