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PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT AND THE MINISTRY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, NATIONAL SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

Reference Number: PR200552en, Press Release Issue Date: Mar 25, 2020
 
Dingli Secondary School temporarily turned into a station for the Civil Protection Department

At a time when Malta is fighting against the spread of the virus COVID-19 different ministries have come together to collaborate on initiatives aimed at ensuring that the country is well-prepared. Among these collaborations is that between the Ministry for Education and Employment and the Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement.
 
During a visit to a temporary station of the Civil Protection Department at St. Nicholas’ College Dingli Primary School, Minister for Education and Employment Owen Bonnici and Minister for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement Byron Camilleri, spoke with the workers who are currently stationed in Dingli. Minister for Education and Employment Owen Bonnici said that, “after collaboration with the St. Nicholas’ College staff we were able to turn part of the Dingli Secondary School building into temporary premises for the Civil Protection Department in light of the unprecedented circumstances. I would like to sincerely like to thank everyone involved and I wish to thank the members of the Civil Protection Department who are doing a brilliant job under the situation that our country is going through.”
 
Minister for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement Byron Camilleri, explained that this is one of several measures being taken by our disciplined forces to be prepared for any eventuality. “People can see the service that’s being given. However, many arrangements are currently being made so that day-to-day operations keep running, whilst also adapting to the circumstances. This is all  possible thanks to the spirit of teamwork that exists between different entities. This is one example where the Ministry for Education and Ministry for Home Affairs are working together to make the best possible use of the resources we have,” explained Minister Camilleri.
 
As part of its contingency plan, the Civil Protection Department has opened several temporary stations around Malta and Gozo, including one in Dingli’s Secondary School. This is being done so as to ensure that there are fewer people on duty at the same time and also to limit the impact should one of the workers become infected by the Coronavirus.