Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo lauds UNDP as he welcomes provisions of gadgets / devices for field staff of the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG)
By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — Man and machine; machine and man.
Whichever controls which, the fact is that technology, and technology means innovation and invention, and when it comes to innovations and inventions, gadgets and devices.
In this modern and digital world, and in the time of the global pandemic, of working remotely, mostly at home, it further means laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Don’t forget connectivity.
To emphasize at the point of being repetitive, laptops, tablets, and smartphones are no longer luxury items; in the time of the coronavirus disease of 2019 origin or Covid-19, of the “new normal,” they are workers’ and students’ necessities that they can’t live or, at least, do their work without.
Covid-19’s breakout, officially announced in December 2019 (but as the recent investigation of the World Health Organization or WHO in Wuhan, China, it spread could be as early as October or November), has made it the mother of all disrupters; the coronavirus pandemic has and continues to disrupt all aspects of life.
Its impact presents seemingly insurmountable challenges as quarantines and lockdowns prevented the movements of people as easily as in the “old normal.”
MILF Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo spoke about these challenges as he received recently over 100 digital devices from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
“The UNDP Resident Representative Dr. Selva Ramachandra turned over to us today (February 18) 122 units of Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 with wireless keyboard; 15 units of Lenovo ThinkPad E14; 300 units Pocket Wi-Fi. These equipments were procured by our Ministry thru the facilitation of the UN for use by our field officers.”
— Interior Minister Naguib G. Sinarimbo
He was referring to 122 units of Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 that come with wireless keyboard; 15 units of Lenovo ThinkPad E14, and 300 units of Pocket Wi-Fi. Sinarimbo said the MILF partnered with the UNDP for the procurement of the devices.
“The UNDP Resident Representative Dr. Selva Ramachandra turned over to us today (February 18) 122 units of Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 with wireless keyboard; 15 units of Lenovo ThinkPad E14; 300 units Pocket Wi-Fi. These (pieces) equipment were procured by our Ministry thru the facilitation of the UN for use by our field officers,” Sinarimbo said.
He said the onslaught of the global health crisis presented challenges.
“Last year when the global pandemic started, production and supplies globally were disrupted and it became a major challenge to procure equipment from local suppliers as the global production, shipment and movements were disrupted because of lockdowns imposed by different countries and even LGUs (local government units,” he pointed out.
The MILG chief lauded BARMM’s partnership with the international organization.
“To surmount these challenges, we partnered with UNDP thru our Project LEAPs to allow us to utilize their global network and get access to these pieces equipment at a standard price. Our partnership with the UNDP has been growing over the years and some of best practices around the world from their immense network has been made accessible to us.”
Sinarimbo expressed gratitude to the UNDP for the “great partnership in the years ahead.”
It appears the MILG is one of the busiest, if not the most busy and hardworking, among BARMM ministries. (/)
Featured image of Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 thanks and credit to GSMArena.com