M&AOSB’s CSR Program completed its Community Cross-Learning Visit to Mann Field
Yin Mon Aye
Last December, M&AOSB’s CSR program completed its Community Cross-Learning Visit to Mann Oil and Gas Field in Minbu. A total of 13 representatives from host communities near M&AOSB’s project area including the Village Committee Members, the Village Elders, Community-based Volunteers and members of Civil Society Organizations from Nanttharpu, Kyway Chaing and Nga Yoke Kaung engaged communities near Mann Field to exchange knowledge and information, and share ideas and experiences on the implementation of the community-led development projects.
The 5-day trip plan from 3 December to 7 December 2018, included the networking session with the Village Committee Members and Community-based Volunteers from Minbu and participants observed the ongoing community infrastructure projects and vocational and livelihoods trainings in their CSR activities, as well as the field operations. The participants had an opportunity to learn and experience the environmental refurbishment initiative and strategic community investments in Mann Field which is the benchmark for MPRL E&P Group of Companies’ approach to social and environmental performances with visible results throughout the years.
Overall, positive feedback was obtained from the participants that the company takes full responsibility and accountability in the implementation of the community-led development programs and has a good relationship with the host community so that objectives and results are achieved effectively, contributing to the improvement of education, health, regional development, and livelihoods for the host community.
Moving forward, the participants have now gained confidence in strengthening the partnership with M&AOSB for the sustainable development of their community and they led the sharing session on their opinions and experiences to their community in the recent Peer-to-Peer Information Dissemination Campaign in Nanttharpu, Kyway Chaing and Nga Yoke Kaung area.
“We discovered that the community is well informed on the process of the OGM and we do not see any kind of grievance on the project but the community has trust on the accountability of the company. I believe and suggest to have the same approach in M&AOSB’s CSR Program” – U Phyo Mauk Thar Htet, Community-based Volunteer, Nanttharpu
“We learned that the community has 100% satisfaction on the implementation of the CSR program and the OGM process. We are impressed on the Trash Hero initiatives and that the CSR program empowers women to take part in their development activities.” – Ma Kay Khaing Moe, Community-based Volunteer, Nga Yoke Kaung