Muscat: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has committed to supporting a host of new projects totalling more than $2.1 million, which will benefit communities and boost sustainable development across the Sultanate.

The initiatives include commitments in the key areas of health, community infrastructure development as well as enhancing the education sector.

Ten Memorandums of Collaboration (MOCs) confirming these commitments were signed today at an official ceremony held under the auspices of Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al-Shamsi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Development.

To enhance the availability of high-quality medical services across Oman, PDO signed an agreement with the Ministry Of Health to fund the construction of the Emergency and Accidents unit in Maqshan Health.

To encourage the adoption of sports and healthy lifestyles in Oman, PDO is funding the construction of a 2km walk path with planted trees and solar lights in the Wilayat of Izki, which 60,000 people will be benefited.

In line with the company's commitment to boost the education sector within its concession area, PDO signed an agreement to construct two science labs in Abu Mudhabi and Shumookh schools in the Wilayats of Haima and Duqm and also to fund the construction of a sports hall for Mawred School In the Wilayat of Adam. More than 1,000 students in the three schools will benefit from these facilities.

PDO External Affairs and Value Creation Director Eng. Abdul-Amir bin Abdul-Hussein Al Ajmi said, "we are thrilled to kick off the year by following PDO's long-standing practice of supporting local communities through investments in sustainable development projects.”

This is just the first of many initiatives we will take this year to create a better future for our communities."
In addition, PDO has signed two agreements for the Wilayat of Maqshan, one to provide funding for the purchase of vehicles for the Environment Authority in the wilayat and another to provide additional funding for three public majlises in the same area.

Moreover, PDO signed agreements to support four NGOs, including the Ihsan Association in Batinah South Governorate, the Omani Women's Association, the Al Noor Association for the Blind in the Wilayat of Nizwa and the Omani Association for the hearing impaired.

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