Maltese Inġinier vested with the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika: An Honour for the Engineering Profession in Malta
- Posted by: Denise Baldacchino
- Category: Press Releases
The Chamber of Engineers congratulates Inġinier Karl Farrugia who was vested with the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika by H.E. The President of Malta during the annual Investiture Ceremony which took place on Republic Day at The Palace in Valletta.
On initiative of the CoE Executive Council, then President Dr Inġ. Daniel Micallef nominated Inġ. Karl Farrugia (Chief Executive Officer – Central Procurement and Supplies Unit at Department of Health) and other members of the profession for the consideration of the Nominations Committee Ġieħ ir-Repubblika (Cabinet). The nominations were submitted in recognition of the essential contribution of engineers in healthcare and ancillary support systems and the fundamental, yet underestimated impact, that Engineers had across different sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic’s outbreak in 2020 and its impact on the Maltese Islands, made it amply clear that healthcare cannot be sustained without engineers. Inġ. Farrugia and fellow Inġiniera were crucial for Malta to adapt and respond to the pandemic’s effects on the Maltese healthcare system and population. Malta was faced with an urgent and atypical spike in demand of personal protective equipment, medicine and medical supplies, The Central Procurement and Supplies Unit (CPSU) therefore was tasked by the Government of Malta to take over the sourcing and distribution of all protective wear and equipment across the country for all Government departments.
The Chamber of Engineers is thrilled that the nomination of Inġ. Karl Farrugia was considered and recognised. This Medal represents a unique honour for the profession backed by a nominating spirit which seeks to increase recognition of Maltese Inġiniera across the various sectors of society in which they sustain quality of life.