About DMRC

 

          Diego Martin Regional Corporation is one of the nine Regional Corporations of Trinidad and Tobago established under the Municipal Corporations Act 1990. Geographically it has a land area of 127.53 km² and is headquartered on the Diego Martin Main Road. Other urban areas within Diego Martin Regional Corporation include Careenage, Maraval and Westmoorings.

The 2011 population census estimates the Corporation has a population of 101,162.

Geographical Location & Population

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation is located west of the capital city of Port of Spain and shares its eastern boundary with the San Juan / Laventille Regional Corporation.

The western portion of the Corporation is dominated by the Chaguaramas peninsula and includes all the islands located in the Gulf of Paria bounded by the Peninsula in the North. Chaguaramas,a largely unsettled area accounts for one-third of the Corporation’s territory but less than one percent of its population. The Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) has jurisdiction over the development of this area.

The northern portion is dominated by the scenic foothills of the northern range and north-south valleys.

The Diego Martin Region is situated on the ninth largest landmass of the Regional Corporations and covers an area of 127.53 km² or 49.24 sq mi.

On an index of 807 persons per km² or 2,100 per sq. mi, the Region is classified as having a high population density with a total of 101,703 residents comprising of 50,122 males and 51,581 females (2011 Census). This figure represents a decrease from 105,720 on the Population census taken in 2000.The Region ranks sixth on the population density index.

Number of households in the Region is 32,424 with an average household size of 3.12.

The Diego Martin Region is predominately sub-urban. Four urban areas have been identified within the Region, namely Carenage, Maraval, Westmoorings and Diego Martin with several areas within these communities being considered upscale. Located in close proximity to these areas are some of the Region’s most economically depressed communities.

Rural settlements make up the next dominant form with both planned and unplanned hillside and valley developments, some of which are located in environmentally sensitive areas.

How the Council works

The Council of a Municipal Corporation is like a board of directors of a business company. It makes policy decisions on behalf of the citizens of the City, Borough or Region that it represents. The DMRC Council is headed by a Chairman. There is also a Vice Chairman. These persons are elected by the Councillors and Aldermen from among themselves to serve for the full term of the Council. The Chairman has the same powers and privileges, as does the Vice Chairman.

DMRC comprises of 10  Electoral Districts.

The following Districts make up the Diego Martin Regional Corporation:

Chaguaramas / Point Cumana
Glencoe / Goodwood / La Puerta
Covigne / Richplain
Diamondvale
Bagatelle / Blue Basin
St Lucien / Cameron Hill
Moka / Boissiere No. 2
Coco / Alyce Glen
Petit Valley / Cocorite
Belle Vue / Boissiere No. 1

 

The Roles and Responsibilities

As the fourth largest Municipal in the country, the DMRC Council is responsible for ensuring that our 101, 162 residents are well governed and provided for.

Many important services are administered on behalf of the Diego Martin Region and the community through the DMRC, ministries, agencies and other special purpose bodies, each having its own relationship with the DMRC. However many services are administered through the corporation.

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation as all other Regional Corporations performs functions within two main parameters:

  • As a Regulatory Body and
  • As a Service Provider

In the capacity of regulatory functions the Corporation is required to enforce the Laws, Acts and other legal responsibilities, as mandated.

As a service provider the Corporation is responsible for all the assets vested by Order, Made by the President under Section 7A (5) of the Municipal Corporations Act, 1990. -  Legal Notice No. 237.  Some of these services are provided free of charge to residents for example, truck borne water supply and scavenging services. On the other hand, a fee is attached to the provision of some services such as the processing of building applications and food badges.

 

 Functions of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation  

  1. Collection and disposal of garbage
  2. Construction and maintenance of roads (other than main roads and highways) including the provision and maintenance of related drains, bridges, sidewalks and street signs
  3.  Street-lighting
  4. Provision and maintenance of the minor water courses
  5. Provision, maintenance and control of public cemeteries and cremation facilities
  6. Provision and maintenance and regulation of public retail markets and slaughter-houses
  7. Inspection of buildings  and building sites
  8. Approval of building and housing development plans
  9. Cleaning of public spaces
  10. Insect vector, rodent and canine control
  11. Disaster management
  12. Distribution of truck-borne water, in the dry season, to areas without pipelines
  13. Assessment and collection of land and building taxes (in cities and boroughs at present)
  14. Establishment municipal Bye-laws and policies to regulate their functions
  15. Enforcing municipal Bye-laws through the municipal police

 

Each municipal corporation is required to have a Municipal Police Service, members of which are given precepts to:

  • Enforce the bye-laws and other regulations of the Municipal Corporation
  • Monitor and carry out general surveillance of  the Corporation’s property, assets and personnel
  • Provide escort services, as well as, security at council meetings, official functions and special events.
  • Detect and prevent socially deviant behavior such as illegal street vending, vandalism, and erection if illegal structures
  • Maintain domestic and tranquility and prevent crime in the municipality in collaboration with the central police service
  • Undertake community policing and related social services pertaining to poverty eradication, youth training and development, counseling and family rehabilitation
  • Arrest, execute warrants, detain and formally charge offenders of the law
  • Gather intelligence to prevent and detect crime, and to formulate security policies for the Municipal Corporation.

Apart from the above, Municipal Corporations in the cities boroughs also provide the following services:

  • Collection of dues and charges (Market and abattoir dues)
  • Issuing of food badges and Vending licenses