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DMRC PUBLIC HEALTH NEWSLETTER

 

For Immediate Release

Date: 23 March 2017

 

 “Caribe Wave 17”

 

The Disaster Management Unit of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation in collaboration with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, together with multiple stakeholders, conducted a National Tsunami Evacuation Simulation Exercise dubbed “Caribe Wave 17” on Tuesday March 21st, 2017.

As stated in the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOS) Circular Letter No 2654, “the purpose of the exercise is to improve the Tsunami Warning System effectiveness along the coast of the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions. The exercise provides an opportunity for the corresponding emergency management organizations to exercise their operational lines of communications, review their tsunami response procedures, and promote tsunami preparedness”.

In this regard, the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Disaster Management Unit conducted tsunami evacuation drills in the following school and agencies to designated tsunami evacuation sites. Signs to these sites were well marked and students of the following schools and volunteers converged on them:

  • Pt. Cumana Government Primary School
  • Carenage Boy’s Government Primary School
  • Carenage Girl’s Government Primary School
  • St Anthony’s College
  • Dunross Preparatory School
  • The International School
  • Chaguaramas Development Agency
  • Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality & Tourism Institute
  • Marine Affairs
  • C40

Over 1200 students and employees of the respective CDA institutions were evacuated during the simulation. Members of the Regional Corporation and Community Emergency Response Team Volunteers were on hand to assist with the evacuation which was designed to test tsunami preparedness of vulnerable schools and CDA instructions within a three (3) miles from the western coastline.

Chairman Susan Hong explained that in 2016 one class from each school was evacuated and this year a valiant attempt was made to evacuate the entire schools. The aim was to improve overall reaction to dangers of this nature.

Disaster Coordinator Mr. Jerry David supervised the operation with the incident commander Ms. Patrice Durham and staff of the Disaster Management Unit executing the operations.

Mr. David said that the simulation exercise went well, however there were gaps that need closer attention. He is planning to conduct the next exercise with the business community who hug the coastline from Carenage to Chaguaramas.

He expressed thanks to REACT. Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross, Trinidad and Tobago Fire Services, Trinidad and Tobago Deference Force, CERT, Diego Martin Regional Corporation Municipal Police and the administrative staff of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation for doing yeoman service to ensure the success of the exercise.

 

Chairman, Councillor Susan Hong accompany students to the designated muster point.

Students along the western coastline being evacuated. Councillor Akeilah Glasgow assisting with the exercise.

 

For Immediate Release

Date: 6 March 2017

DMRC hosts Walk against Violence

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation (DMRC) engaged in a walk against Violence titled, “Our Community stands united in opposing violence” today Sunday 5th March, 2017. The walk started at the Big Tree, Four Roads, Diego Martin and ended at the Turnstile.

Several people came out to support the event including First Citizens Bank who partnered with the initiative.

At the begining of the walk Councillor Susan Hong, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation addressed the gathering and explained that the initiative is a project to raise awareness towards the increase in violence against women.

DMRC believes awareness-raising and community mobilization is an important component of an effective prevention strategy. DMRC want to place a strong focus on uniting people to stand together to say no to violence against women. DMRC partner with schools, civil society organizations and other institutions to advocate for ending violence, increase awareness of the causes and consequences of violence and build capacity of partners to prevent and respond to violence. DMRC walk also advocates promoting the need for changing norms and behaviour of men and boys, and advocate for gender equality and women’s rights.

The Shelter for Battered Women and Children

Phone: 628-1116 / 628-0861 Mobile: 761-7167

Email: chairman@trinidadshelter.com.

The NGO Development Foundation

Telephone: 1-868-663-9020 Mobile: 1-868-792-2089

Email: contact@ngocaribbean.org

Domestic Violence Drop-In Centres

Telephone (868) 627-1163 ext 2135 or 2140

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pmMonday to Friday, except public holidays

Centres

Monday

Manzanilla Community Centre – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday

La Horquetta Regional Complex – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Monroe Road Community Centre – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday

Chaguanas Community Centre – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Maloney Community Centre – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Valencia Community Centre – 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Maracas Valley Community Centre – 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Thursday

Penal Central Community Centre – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday Valencia Community Centre – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Maracas Valley Community Centre – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

 

Thank you to Water One, Khanco, Ibrahim’s and Alderman Spencer Tardieu who provided refreshments.

Office of the Prime Minister, REACT, TTPS, Cadets, Platinum Rentals and our residents for your support.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date: 21 January 2017

 DMRC CHILDREN’S CALYPSO COMPETITION 2017

In an effort to preserve the Calypso art form and provide an avenue for young persons to express themselves creatively, the Diego Martin regional Corporation hosted its Children’s Calypso Competition on Friday 17th February, 2017 at the Orchid Drive Compound, Petit Valley.

Ten contestants between ages seven and eleven came out to represent their Primary Schools and the competitions was judged by three members of the National Carnival Commission.

Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Councillor Susan Hong explained, “The youth of our region need to be nurtured and encouraged for us to improve our society. Programmes like our Calypso Competition are essential to development.”

This event was sponsored by Unit Trust Corporation, Marios Pizzeria, Prestige Holdings, West Bees Supermarket, Romain’s Hardware, John Dickenson Company Limited and the Member of Parliament for Diego Martin Central, Honourable Darryl Smith and the Ministry of Sport and youth Affairs.

First Place – Therese Tardieu

Second Place – Rihanna Manning

Third Place – Sarya Uwing

Best Song on the Environment- Sarya Uwing

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:11 January 2017

DMRC Launches National Cleanup Campaign

The Minister of Rural Development and Local Government has declared the initiation of the National Cleanup for 2017.  The Diego Martin Regional Corporation, along with the other Regional Corporations, has taken directive to also embarking on a Regional Cleanup. The Cleanup Campaign includes cleaning and clearing of empty lots, cleaning of drain, removal of derelict vehicles, collection of bulk, white and e-waste and tyres and an education drive.

The implementation will begin from the Fore Shore, 10:00 a.m. on Saturday 14th February, 2017.

The main objectives of the exercise are: (i) to promote the concept that change begins at the individual level, (ii) to raise the level of environmental consciousness of our residents and (iii) to eliminate the breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other pests and vermin in order to provide a sustainable healthy, safe and beautiful environment throughout Trinidad and Tobago. The Regional Corporation hopes residents will use this opportunity to get rid of unsightly, unhealthy waste from around their homes. Residents are encouraged to place all items in a convenient area for collection by Friday13th January, 2017.

Diego Martin Regional Corporation is honoured to be setting the pace of the National Clean Up Campaign and is seeking volunteers from the various communities, businesses, organisations, groups and individuals willing to join the initiative to clean up the Region.

Chairman Susan Hong shares the belief that sustainability can begin with the National Clean Up Campaign which will engage the region to come together for the betterment of the communities. “Taking action starts with all of us. As a community we need to start making conscious decisions to make the difference we wish to see.  As custodians of the region, the Diego Martin Regional Corporation believes that each individual’s action can lead healthier environments, improved public safety and a better place to live.” Susan Hong.

To be part of the National Clean Up Campaign in the Diego Martin Region please contact the Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s Public Health Department at 632-0713.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:24 February 2016

DMRC Zika Virus Cleanup Collaboration

Councillor Katty Christopher; Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation (DMRC), Mrs. Anuradha Mohansingh; Ag Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Latchman Maraj; County Superintendent  and Dr. Anthony Changkit; Principal Medical and Health Officer  met with URP, CEPEP and a contingent from the Ministry of Works and Transport, Drainage Division on Tuesday 23rd February, 2016 at the DMRC Administrative Building.

This meeting was a collaborative effort among the agencies to aggressively eliminate mosquito breeding grounds in the Diego Martin Region. During the discussions, all parties expressed their willingness to work together to address the concerns of the Regional Corporation. A program of action is to be presented by the Ministry of Works and Transport, Drainage Division to be augmented by URP, CEPEP and the Regional Corporation. The Drainage Division informed those present that desilting works have begun along the Diego Martin River and the Maraval River. Full operations will be effected after the action plan is reviewed by all agencies present.

This collaboration will augment the efforts of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation in its fight against the ubiquitous Aedes Aegypti mosquito in the Zika Cleanup Campaign.

DMRC meets with URP, CEPEP and Ministry of Works and Transport, Drainage Division

 

For Immediate Release

Date:4 February 2016

DMRC Zika Virus Cleanup Campaign

With the Minister of Health declaring the Zika Virus a National Emergency, the Diego Martin Regional Corporation is embarking on a Regional Cleanup Campaign to eliminate potential breeding sites for the aedes aegypti mosquito. To this end, the Corporation launched several initiatives to begin clearing the Region to combat the spread of mosquito viruses. The Cleanup Campaign includes cleaning and clearing of empty lots, cleaning of drain, collection of bulk waste and tyres and an education drive.

The implementation began from the Transport Technical Unit, North Post Road, Diego Martin at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday 4th February, 2016.

The main objectives of the exercise are to stress source reduction, elevate residents’ consciousness of their environment and eliminate the breeding grounds for mosquitoes, as quickly as possible. The Regional Corporation hopes residents will join the active battle against the spread of the Zika Virus.

“The Diego Martin Regional Corporation plays a critical role and it is imperative we conduct these exercises to ensure the safety of our Region against mosquito viruses.” Chairman, Councillor Katty Christopher.

All equipment from the Diego Martin Regional Corporation will be deployed to assist with cleanup efforts.  Identification of overgrown vacant lots is currently being undertaken by the Disaster Management Unit to further enhance the efforts. Residents are encouraged to place bulk waste and tyres for collection in the various areas based on the following schedule:

NO.

LOCATION

DATES

 

1 Bagatelle / Richplain/ Factory Road/ Coveigne 04TH Feb 
2 Blue Basin/ Patna/ Carenage/ Lanse Mitan & environs 05th Feb 
3 Carenage- Haig St/ Scorpion/ Mt. Pleasant/ School St. Big Yard & environs 10th Feb
4 Pt. Cumana/ Cocorite 11th Feb 
5 Simeon Rd/ La Puerta- Broome St/ Saganga & environs 12th Feb 
6 St. Lucien/ Cameron/ Morne Coco Rd/ La Seiva & entire Saddle Rd  13th Feb
7 Dibe/ Belle Vue/ Boissiere/ Dundonald/ Providence Estate/ Ross Lands/ Bournes Rd  14th Feb
8 Diamond Vale/ Diego Martin Main Rd & environs 15th Feb 

 

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation serves more than 119,000 residents in approximately 23,000 households and is committed to meeting the needs of its residents.

DMRC Zika Eradication efforts in the Patna

For Immediate Release

Date:30 January 2016

 DMRC Activates EOC

DMRC  activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) due to the looming threat of Zika Virus to Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday 30th January, 2016 at 10:30am.

DMRC is currently working with national agencies including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and Ministry of Agriculture to ensure communities in the Region employ traditional methods of mosquito source reduction. DMRC remains committed to being proactive rather than reactive.

The EOC was activated at 10:30 a.m. EOC personnel are monitoring the situation in collaboration with national agencies and other officials.

The EOC is the emergency operations center for the Region of Diego Martin. Located in Petit Valley, the EOC is overseen by the Incident Commander and will coordinate response efforts by national agencies and local government. The EOC is staffed by members of DMRC for decision making and information coordination during disasters or emergencies in the Diego Martin Region.

 

DMRC Activates Emergency Operations Centre

For Immediate Release

Date:29 January 2016

DMRC Re Commissioning of Carenage Cemetery

DMRC hosted a re commissioning Ceremony at the Carenage Public Cemetery today Thursday 28th January, 2016.
The Corporation views the cemeteries as historic sites and does not want them to be viewed as ” seemingly forgotten patches of Earth.” explained Chairman Katty Christopher during the ceremony.”These are sacred grounds and a walk through the cemetery should provide residents with comfort.”
The perimeter fence was upgraded and a gazebo installed.

FEATURE ADDRESS BY

COUNCILLOR KATTY CHRISTOPHER

CHAIRMAN DIEGO MARTIN REGIONAL CORPORATION

 

RE COMMISSIONING OF CARENAGE CEMETERY

Salutations

Chief Executive Officer of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Members of Council, Specially Invited Guests, Members of the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is with much satisfaction that as members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation we are here assembled to re-commission the Carenage Public Cemetery.

As mandated by the Municipal Corporations Act, it is our responsibility to you our burgesses to both provide and maintain a safe space where you can celebrate the memories of your loved ones who have departed.

By the construction of this lovely perimeter wall, the refurbishing of the gazebo and its fence wall, we give life to our vision statement which is to make the Diego Martin Region the best place to live.

As you look at the continued ongoing development you may be tempted to ask, what is our vision for the Carenage Public Cemetery?

  • The Carenage Public Cemetery is to become a shrine where we are able to cherish the memories of those who have gone on.
  • It is to maintain the shrubs, plants and flowers which create an ambience of comfort for the bereaved.
  • It is to become a place where friends and neighbours can meet to lend support and comfort to one another.
  • It is a space where equal opportunity is given to members of different fates.

As such I welcome the leaders of the different fates here assembled.

It is my hope that as a community we continue to recognize the needs of the vulnerable in our society inclusive of those who have suffered loss. Nothing can replace the life of a loved one and as members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, we are indeed humbled that we are able to provide a dignified place where loved ones can truly rest in peace.

It is my privilege to re-commission the Caranage Public Cemetery and declare it officially open.

I thank you and God bless all of you.

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:26 January 2016

“Working Together for the Greater Good” Diego Martin

Regional Corporation’s Pledge to Inspiring Spiritual

Awakening

“Working Together for the Greater Good,” is a spiritual awakening initiative of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation. This innovative approach is an to bringing Council, Administration and communities together to combat the moral crisis facing the Region. This was the brainchild of Chairman, Katty Christopher and Chief Executive Office, Ms. Marva Carter which began in October 2015 with a series of “Interfaith Services”.

The first session for 2016 was held at Devine Destiny Worship Centre Diego Martin Main Road, Diego Martin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday January 25th, 2016. Members of Council, Administration and residents of the Region were present for the service.

“Life and death are in the power of the tongue” said Apostle Emmanuel Vivian Duncan as he encouraged those present to reflect on the power of the spoken word. He quoted scripture as he guided the congregation through thought provoking messages and worship. His focus was on encouraging individuals to view their words as an instrument to build rather than to wound, destroy or stir up hatred and violence.

He pointed out that there are a number of ways in which words can harm and that something spoken can have both a negative and positive effect. He presented the perspective that even in the womb rejection starts, stating a child can be born manifesting rejection.

The sermon exceeded the expectation of those in attendance as the message provided was well received. Chairman, Katty Christopher said, “Diego Martin Regional Corporation is committed to working with our communities to inspire values and to find common ground in working together to make the Region a better place to live.” while describing the service as a success and a great source of delight.

DMRC Council at Devine Destiny Christian Centre

For Immediate Release

Date:24 December 2015

DMRC Give From Your Heart Holiday Food Drive

It is Christmas time again! There are many people in the Diego Martin Region who will truly appreciate receiving the gift of food at Christmas time. Consequently the Diego Martin Regional Corporation coordinated a Holiday Food Drive where we requested donations of canned and non perishable food items. We were able to collect over 600 food items. Many families within the Diego Martin Region began receiving food hampers on 23rd December, 2016.

These donations will help spread love and joy to those less fortunate in our community. DMRC thanks everyone who contributed for their generosity.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:11 December 2015

DMRC Council’s Christmas Message

DMRC Chairman Councillor Katty Christopher issued the following message during the end of year Statutory Meeting which was held at the Chaconia Hotel Conference Centre on 10th December, 2015 “As we come to the end of another year I hope we

will use this time to reflect and count our blessings. It is the time of year when we look to thank those who have assisted and supported us throughout the year. Our challenge is to continue to improve. The key is establishing strong partnerships between Council and the community.

In wishing you a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year, I trust you will pause briefly in your own celebrations to remember those less fortunate than yourselves.”

During the meeting the Council thanked the agencies who were present and members of staff for their continued support. Poinsettia plants were also distributed by Council to each Head of Department as a token of appreciation.

For Immediate Release

Date:7 December 2015

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation Annual tree Lighting Ceremony took place on Sunday 6th December 2015. Entertainment began at 6:30 pm and the tree lighting took place at 7:15pm. The Trinidad and Tobago Police Band was there to entertain the Diego Martin burgesses during the annual tree lighting ceremony. Entertainment was also provided by Paramininos Parang Band.

Chairman Councillor Katty Christopher was pleased to announce that the “Big Tree Lighting” event was a successful start to the season.

According to her, “Christmas should be a time to foster the renewing of relationships with friends and neighbours within the community and to help everyone enjoy the holiday season.”

Also in attendance were member of Council and employees of the Regional Corporation.

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Band did a wonderful job bringing the Christmas Spirit to this event, everyone had an enjoyable time.

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:27 November 2015

DIEGO MARTIN REGIONAL CORPORATION TO HOST

CHRISTMAS CLEAN UP DRIVE

With the holidays rapidly approaching, many Diego Martin residents are busy cleaning up their surroundings. In preparation for this yearly occurrence the Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s Public Health Department has been working along with the ten Councillors in an ongoing exercise to remove garbage from the Region.

The following variation in service will take place between 7th December to 30th December, 2015 between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm making it easier for residents to clean up their homes and surroundings. Items such as old furniture, appliances, computers and other bulk waste will be disposed of free of charge. No renovation material, construction material, tires or hazardous material will be accepted during this campaign.

Carenage Pt Cumana

  • 7th  December 2015
  • 10th  December 2015
  • 15th  December 2015
  • 21st  December 2015
  • 24th  December 2015
  • 30th  December 2015

Glencoe/ Goodwood/ La Puerta

  • 7th December 2015
  • 10th December 2015
  • 16th December 2015
  • 21st December 2015
  • 24th December 2015

Covigne/ Richplain

  • 7th December 2015
  • 11th December 2015
  • 16th December 2015
  • 21st December 2015
  • 28th December 2015

Diamond Vale

  • 8th  December 2015
  • 11th  December 2015
  • 16th  December 2015
  • 22nd  December 2015
  • 28th  December 2015

Bluebasin/ Bagatelle

  • 8th  December 2015
  • 11th  December 2015
  • 17th  December 2015
  • 22nd  December 2015
  • 28th  December 2015

St Lucien/ Cameron

  • 8th  December 2015
  • 14th  December 2015
  • 17th  December 2015
  • 22nd  December 2015
  • 29th  December 2015

Morne Coco/ Alyce Glen

  • 9th  December 2015
  • 14th  December 2015
  • 17th  December 2015
  • 23rd  December 2015
  • 29th  December 2015

Petit Valley/ Cocorite

  • 9th  December 2015
  • 14th  December 2015
  • 18th  December 2015
  • 23rd  December 2015
  • 29th  December 2015

Bell Vue/ Boissiere #1   

  • 9th  December 2015
  • 15th  December 2015
  • 18th  December 2015
  • 23rd  December 2015
  • 30th  December 2015

Moka/ Boissiere #2

  • 10th  December 2015
  • 15th  December 2015
  • 18th  December 2015
  • 24th  December 2015
  • 30th  December 2015

Before placing bulk waste for pick up, residents should ensure there is NO construction material or renovation material. The Regional Corporation operates a separate service which can be accessed through the Public Health Department for the removal of these items.

Residents are vital to the success of this campaign. Rather than dumping unwanted bulk waste such as old furniture, fridges and washing machines after the garbage company picks up in the various districts, we are urging residents to put their bulk waste on the curb according to the scheduled posted.

For more information residents are asked to contact the Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s Public Health Department at 632-0713.

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:17 November 2015

DMRC 2015 Interfaith Service and Para Military Parade

 

This weekend, the Diego Regional Corporation hosted an Interfaith Service and Para Military Parade on Sunday 15th November, 2015 to commence Civic Celebrations in the Region. It was attended by Members of the Regional Corporation’s Council, Sister Corporations, Staff and Residents of the Region.

Prior to the inspection of the Parade by Chairman, Councillor Katty Ann Christopher an Interfaith Service was held at the Petit Valley SDA Church. During the welcome address Chairman, Councillor Katty Ann Christopher appealed to those present to rekindle the community spirit of the Region. She reminded the congregation of the need to be “our brother’s keeper”. Religious leaders of the Region prayed for the national community and the Region during the service which was led by Pastor Peter Morris.

Following the service the Para Military Parade formed up along the St Lucien Road. The marching columns comprised of members of the Cadet Force, Fire Service, Prison Service, St John’s Ambulance and Brigade, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and Pathfinders who came out  in their numbers to parade along the route. The parade began at 9: 00a.m. on the St Lucien Road and ended at the Diego Martin North Secondary School. Also on display were vehicles of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation.

Residents were treated to a display of three marching bands accompanying over four hundred marchers.

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation extends special thanks to the Ministry of National Security, the Petit Valley SDA Church, all members of the various Contingents who participated in the Parade, the Inter Religious Organisation, the Diego Martin North Secondary School and the residents who came out to support the troops.

DMRC Para Military Parade along St Lucien Road

 

For Immediate Release

Date:23rd October 2015

Mr Sigler Jack Is Sworn-In As An Alderman at DMRC

 

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation officially swore-in Mr. Sigler Jack as the Council’s new Aldermen on Friday, October 23 at the Guardian Atrium, Westmoorings.

The oath of office was administered by Councillor, Chairman Katty Ann Christopher. Participating in the ceremony was Chief Executive Office Ms. Marva Carter and former Chairman now Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Honourable Darryl Smith.

Following the ceremony a presentation was made to the former Chairman as the Regional Corporation thanked him for his service. During the presentation Chairman Katty Ann Christopher recognized the Minister’s support after taking on the mantle and mandate of the Chairmanship.

Councillor Katty Ann Christopher had been the Interim Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation since Tuesday 8th September, 2015. At Friday’s observance a ceremonial handing over of the Chain was performed.

From Left to Right Alderman Sigler Jack, Councillor, Chairman Katty Ann Christopher and Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Honourable Darryl Smith.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:21st September 2015

Spiritual Awakening

Faith leaders from around the Diego Martin Region joined members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation to engage in a series of Interfaith Service which ended on Wednesday 14th October, 2014. The Services were held in the three electoral districts starting at the Central Diego Martin Community Centre followed by the La Seiva Community Centre and ended at the Pt Cumana Regional Complex.  The Interfaith Service was titled “Working Together for the Common Good”.

This was an initiative of the Chairman, Councillor Katty Ann Christopher and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Marva Carter. They both agreed on the need to bring the communities together in prayer. The main aim of the worship was to reach out to the communities to bring about the transformation the Region desires.

Each person who ministered at the various venues focused on the nation, the leaders and most of all the young children of the nation. The common theme through the three days of glorifying God was that ensure that their children are raised right and that they maintain spirituality in their lives.

Present at each service were Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Marva Carter, Interim Chairman, Councillor Katty Ann Christopher, Members of Council, Staff of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation and residents.

In her closing remarks during the final service Chief Executive Office, Ms. Marva Carter assured all present that the exercise would continue throughout the Region.   “We will down our tools for a morning and have this service every quarter.”

 

Interfaith Service at Pt Cumana Regional Complex

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:2nd September 2015

 

DMRC Supports Turn The Tide on Trash at Hart’s Cut Bay

Clean Up

 

On Saturday 19th September the Diego Martin Regional Corporation joined hands with other organizations in a Coastal Clean-Up Day. The event was organized by SWMCOL and jointly managed by Coca-Cola Bottling Company. This year’s theme was, “Turn the Tide on Trash”. It began at 6.30 a.m. along Hart’s Cut Bay, Chaguaramas as part of International Coastal Clean–Up Day.

Thirty volunteers from the Regional Corporation together with volunteers from SWMCOL and Angostura donned protective gear and combed the coast for trash. The bagged general waste was removed using trucks from the Regional Corporation.

Among the volunteers was Interim Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Katty Ann Christopher, who said, “The volunteers play an important role in this effort. However despite the progress we have made today the work is far from over. Marine Debris is a worldwide problem; our challenge is to change the behavior of people to ensure that these items do not reach our water courses.” She further went on to state, “The Diego Martin Regional Corporation is committed to promoting waste management and litter prevention.”

Councillor for the area Enroy Slater was glad to see members of the Corporation out in support of the exercise. He stated, “Taking part in the annual clean-up drive is important and I am pleased to see volunteer support increase every year. As citizens and patrons of the Chaguaramas/ Point Cumana District we are all responsible for keeping the beaches clean.”

 

Interim Chairman Councillor Katty Ann Christopher and Councillor for the Chaguaramas / Pt Cumana District Enroy Slater and members of the DMRC at Hart’s Cut Bay during International Coastal Clean-up

Team DMRC and SWMCOL at Hart’s Cut Bay during International Coastal Clean-up

 

For Immediate Release

Date:2nd April 2015

DMRC CHAIRMAN TALKS ABOUT FLOODING

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation is seriously concerned that the major watercourses in the Region are not being cleaned. The Corporation launched its second “All Hands on Deck” programme on 23rd 2015 to treat with the cleaning and maintenance of secondary drains and minor water courses under its purview. However the Ministry of Water Resources and the Environment whose responsibility it is to clean and maintain the major watercourses has to some extent not been fulfilling its mandate.

The Regional Corporation as a result has requested dialogue with the Ministry of Water Resources and the Environment and has been inviting representation at our monthly Coordinating meetings in an effort to seek resolution to the perennial flooding which takes place in the Region.

With only two months to the official start of the rainy season the current Council views this issue as a major challenge. In this regard the Diego Martin Regional Corporation has initiated the cleaning of a section of the Diego Martin River in the vicinity of the Four Roads Recreational Grounds. This river has not been cleaned or desilted in months and poses a major health hazard for residents of the Region.

Chairman Alderman Darryl Smith explained that several attempts have been made to address these issues with The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources. “Correspondence has been sent requesting the basic maintenance and repair of the Diego Martin River to the Minister and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry.”

“We are fully aware that our resources cannot take us very far. But we must embark on cleaning as many river courses as we can even if they are not under our jurisdiction. The people of the Diego Martin Region are our major concern. Last year we were able to alleviate the panic that occurs in our region. We do not want our residents to be vulnerable to flooding,” said Alderman Smith.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:27th March 2015

EXERCISE DARK STORM 2015

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management in collaboration with the Diego Martin Regional Corporation and international response agencies conducted its annual national exercise “Exercise Dark Storm”, on March 24-26, 2015.

On Wednesday 25th March 2015, the Diego Martin Regional Corporation evacuated seven (7) schools from 10:30am. Approximately 730 students from these schools made the walk upwards to what is considered a site safe from a tsunami from the following

1. Dunross Prepatory School

3. Point Cumana RC School

4. Carenage Girls RC School

5. Carenage Boys RC School

6. International School of Port of Spain

7. Point Cumana Government School

This exercise was designed to test tsunami preparedness of vulnerable schools within a two (2) miles from the Trinidad and Tobago coastline. Students were advised to move to higher ground at least 30 meters above sea level or move as quickly as possible. During the exercise the students were guided to designated muster points by their teachers, ODPM personnel, police officers, Red Cross representatives, REACT personnel, CERT volunteers and members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation.

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:12th March 2015

Diego Martin Regional Corporation meets with

the Trinidad and Tobago Rotary Club of Maraval

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Chairman, Alderman Darryl Smith and members of Council joined the Trinidad and Tobago Rotary Club of Maraval at their meeting on Tuesday 10th March, 2015. This meeting forms part of their discussions with relevant stakeholders as part of the overall goal of developing their strategic plan and moving forward towards a vision that is shared by all stakeholders, residents and members of staff. The meeting was held at the Hotel Normandie, Port of Spain.

The Regional Corporation also met with the Rotary Club of Diego Martin in August of 2014. Present at that meeting were representatives from the Diego Martin Rotary Club and members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s Council and Administration. It is to be noted that several issues were discussed including flooding in the Region.

Following discussions which centred on strategizing the way forward, Trinidad and Tobago Rotary Club of Maraval will partner with the Diego Martin Regional Corporation to assist with the implementation of several projects highlighted by the members of Council during the dialogue.

One of the projects discussed is the implementation of convex mirrors in the Maraval area.

This is the first time the Regional Corporation has held discussions with the Rotary Club of Maraval. Stakeholders will continue to meet in the coming weeks to ensure that the issues are addressed urgently.

 

Diego Martin Regional Corporation with the President of the Trinidad and Tobago Rotary Club of Maraval Dr. A. Springer

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:9th March 2015

 

CERT Training 2015

Are you prepared to cope with a natural hazard or catastrophic disaster? Diego Martin Regional Corporation is supporting Regional CERT training, which is designed to prepare community first responders to help themselves, their families, and their neighbors in the event of a disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, CERT Volunteers can make a difference by using the training to save lives and protect property.

CERT training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are delayed or not available.

Topics covered include:

  • Disaster Preparedness – what a disaster is, how to recognize structural damage, preparing disaster kits.
  • Fire Suppression and safety – using fire extinguishers on small fires, identifying potentially hazardous materials
  • Disaster Medical Operations – how to recognize and treat life-threatening conditions, triage, treating a variety of injuries
  • Light Search and Rescue – how to size up a situation, conducting light search and rescue operations
  • CERT Organization – how to organize and deploy volunteer resources, rescuer safety, team organization
  • Disaster Psychology – what to expect from rescuers and victims impacted by a disaster and how to deal with it
  • Chain Saw Use – risk assessment, chain saw techniques and safety
  • Disaster Simulation – participate in a mock disaster

This 4 days, 32 hour course will be taught by experienced emergency services personnel. Most topics are hands-on. Those attending the training will be supplied with a CERT kit.

 

CERT Volunteer’s learn fire suppression and safety

 

For Immediate Release

Date:5th March 2015

DMRC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Turning Point

Vendor’s Mall and Washroom Facility

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 10 a.m., Diego Martin Regional Corporation (DMRC) celebrated the commissioning of the Turning Point Vendors Mall and Washroom Facilities with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Turnstile in Bagatelle, Blue Basin.

Councillor for the District of Bagatelle / Blue Basin, Mr Joseph Lewis explained, “The building will house eight booths. The booths have various sizes. The mall will feature clothing shops, a jewelry store, an internet café, a barber shop and a nail salon. Space is limited. However this is the start of the transformational projects for the Bagatelle area. ”

An overview of the project was given by the DMRC County Superintendent, Mr. Latchman Maraj. He explained that the project was the brain child of Councillor Joseph Lewis who has a vision for the space to become a one stop shopping facility. The development he said took two months and was delivered at the cost of $188,000.00 using Unspent Balances.

The Mini Mall will be fully air-conditioned with tiled booths twelve and fifteen feet wide. Also added to the  Turnstile was washrooms facilities, the amenity was delivered at a cost of seventy five thousand dollars.

Also speaking at the function was Mr. Christopher Alexander from NAMDEVCO.  He applauded the Corporation’s innovative avenue of building a better community. He thanked the DMRC for their continued support at the Farmer’s Market since the facility was established in 2017. “Facilities like this one will increase social activities and consumer flow to the Farmer’s Market. Accommodations at the Vendors Mall will strengthen the relationship and core values for development of the Region.”

Member of Parliament for Diego Martin North East, Mr. Colm Imbert was also on hand to congratulate the Regional Corporation’s innovative spending of unspent balances. He said, “I hope the building is heavily utilized and people patronize the Farmer’s Market.” He encouraged the expansion of the facility, “I hope this is just the beginning of this type of interaction”.

Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation in his feature address explained to those present that the project was a collaborative effort of the stakeholders. “Councillor Lewis did a fantastic job presenting and promoting this development project. He consulted with the residents of the district, vendors, Council and Administration. This project was not done in isolation.”

He wished the prospective vendors good luck and encouraged them to take advantage of agencies available to assist with the setting up and running of small businesses. This he said would ensure their success.

Keys were distributed to three of the Vendors who had succeeded in securing booths. Ms. Giselle Felix, Mr. Selwyn Clarke and Ms. Karrena Mitchell were given keys to their booths prior to Member of Parliament, Mr. Colm Imbert cutting the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the Turning Point Mini Mall.

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Mr Selwyn Clarke receives keys to booth at the Turning Point Vendor’s Mall from Alderman Darryl Smith

from left to right Alderaman Darryl Smith, MP Colm Imbert and Councillor Joseph cut the ceremonial ribbon to the Turning Point Vendor’s Mall .

For Immediate Release

Date:23rd February 2015

DMRC Employees Help Keep Watercourses Clean

2015 All Hands on Deck Launched

Diego Martin Regional Corporation launched its “All Hands on Deck Programme” for 2015 today February 23, 2015. Workers from all departments were out in their numbers helping with the cleaning and clearing of the Simeon Road River.

The Regional Corporation first launched the “All Hands on Deck Programme” during the dry season of 2014 to assist with the cleaning and clearing of the watercourse in the Region. This hands-on initiative was supported by Chairman Alderman, Darryl Smith along with Chief Executive Officer Ms. Marva Carter, Members of Council, Heads of Departments, Administrative staff and volunteers from the Region.

“This wonderful programme is one geared towards preventative measures and flood eradication,” said Ms. Marva Carter, Chief Executive Officer of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation as she addressed the employees assembled. She further went on to thank them for their efforts and expected achievement of goals.

“This is the most important and one of the best programs, the 2013-2016 Council has launched. It is imperative to do these exercises early in the dry season. This is why we have started two months earlier than last year ,” explained Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation.

Alderman Smith emphasized that Diego Martin Regional Corporation is not responsible for the cleaning and clearing of main water courses in the Region. This job is tasked to the Ministry of Water Recourses and the Environment.

“We are focusing on desilting and cutting vegetation in the secondary water courses. Last year we removed hundreds of loads of silt and cut vegetation from the water courses. ” said Alderman Smith. “ A combination of factors contributed to no flooding in 2014. We did our best and we made all efforts to be prepared. We have also started cutting fire trails and continued planting trees along the hill sides. This Council firmly believes in being proactive rather than reactive. ”

The Regional Corporation hopes residents of the Region will also team up and ensure the success of this initiative.

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Alderman Darryl Smith and CEO Ms Marva Carter along with staff at the Simeon Road River at the launch of the ” All Hands on Deck Programme” for 2015

 

For Immediate Release

Date:26th January 2015

 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Opening of New

Disaster Management Unit and Commissioning of New

Municipal Police Post

 

 

On Friday, January 23, 2015, at 11 a.m., Diego Martin Regional Corporation celebrated the culmination of goals set years ago with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony presenting both the Disaster Management Unit and the Municipal Police Post. The ceremony took place at the Corporation’s Orchid Drive Compound in Petit Valley. As of now, the Disaster Management Unit has been relocated from the small cramped office at the Transport Yard on North Post Road to the ground floor of one of the Buildings at Orchid Drive.

Disaster Coordinator, Mr. Jerry David explained, “Getting the Disaster Management Unit institutionalized is a work in progress owing to the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. “We” as a people still believe that God is a “Trini”. A cultural change is necessary to get the population, politicians and administrators to come onboard with disaster preparedness.” In 2010, this unit started the process of moving to its current location.

Inspector Joanne Williams explained that the Municipal Police hoped for a new Police Post since her previous assignment at the Municipal Police Post in 2001. This Unit she explained has a twofold function as it not only provides support and services of the regular Police, but also protects the assets of the Corporation.

The present facility can now comfortably house the members of the unit and will be enhanced with state of the art equipment to assist the officers with their daily operations.

Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Marva Carter reinforced the sentiment of everyone present on the importance of the opening of the Disaster Management Unit. She also described the Commissioning of the Municipal Post and the Privy Council victory by saying “it is beautiful that the two occasions came together for our Municipal Police.”

Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation in his feature address coined the day as a Red Letter one. He expressed his gratitude to the members of Administration who have worked tirelessly to facilitate the two departments with their transition to new accommodations.  The Public Health Department was also applauded for their cleaning and clearing of the watercourses during 2014.

He also thanked the residents of the Region for the reduction of garbage in the water courses and recognized their efforts towards preventing flooding. As he spoke to the audience present, he explained that the Council and Corporation have begun making cuts and is being diligent with spending.

These facilities will now strengthen the service delivered by the Corporation from the respective Units.

Chairman Alderman Darryl Smith cuts the ribbon to officially commission the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Municipal Police Post

CEO Ms Marva Carter cuts the ribbon to officially open the Diego MARTIN Regional Corporation’s Disaster Management Unit

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:28th November 2014

DMRC CLEANUP CAMPAIGNE 

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation (DMRC) has embarked on a cleanup campaign to ensure that the Region remain as clean and beautiful as it possibly can during the upcoming Christmas Season.

This initiative aims to address part of the waste disposal problem experienced each year during the Christmas season. The Regional Corporation in an attempt to assist with the removal of bulk waste during the Christmas season will be operating extra collection services. Household garbage and tree cuttings will not be included in this exercise.

Residents are advised to contact the Public Health Department at 632-0713/ 632-6459/ 637-8072 or their Councillor for more information on specific collection dates.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:30th November 2014

CHAIRMAN’S SPEECH

CIVIC RECEPTION 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen

I extend a heartfelt welcome to all of you to our 22nd Anniversary Civic Reception, the highlight of our Civic Celebrations which this Council has returned to our Residents after a number of years. I am very humbled to be sitting in the Chair at this time as this important piece of our history is now firmly placed on the annual calendar of events for the Diego Martin Region.  We have hosted an interfaith service, a parade through the streets of Diego Martin, a health fair and aerobic burn-out, a spelling-bee in Paramin, a talent show in Diamond Vale, a Family Fun day in Carenage, and for the first time a Chairman’s Dinner and Dance where we raised funds for our Youth Scholarship Programme.  I want to thank our Chairman of Events, Councillor Catherine Mendez, the Council, our Coordinator, Mrs. Wendy Rocke, the CEO and staff, and sponsors who assisted to make these celebrations a success.

As most of you are aware, this month marks the first anniversary of this PNM Council in Chamber at the Diego Martin Regional Corporation after our team convincingly won all 10 electoral seats.  I think the timing is fitting for me to use this opportunity to report to you on our first year in Chamber.

While others may focus on big budget projects, we have said from day one that the Corporation needs to fix the small and simple problems first.  Maintain and improve on what it has in hand before expanding wider.  In order to assist us in this process we have called for a full audit of the Corporations accounts and systems.  This has not been done in over 6 years. Small things, like setting the example by removing all the election posters from across the Region.

While we inherited several issues from the previous Council, we have focused on moving forward and improving service to our Residents as a matter of priority.  We now have a good working relationship between Council and Administration as well as with all our key stakeholders and State Agencies.  Their services are vital to offering superior service to the communities which fall under the ambit of the Corporation.

These include various Ministries, CEPEP, TSTT, WASA, TTPOST, EMA, FIRE SERVICES, POLICE SERVICE GARBAGE DISPOSAL SERVICES , CDA and T&TEC .

Ladies and Gentlemen, one of the major issues which we immediately addressed on assumption of office was flooding as so many of our Residents have suffered losses due to this problem.  I am proud to say that we immediately embarked on a plan which we labeled – “All Hands on Deck”. The objective was to stem the tide of flooding by joining with residents, staff, and other key individuals to clean the rivers and drains which were the major cause of the annual flooding. We pulled our plumbers, masons, painters, drivers, carpenters, electricians from their normal duties and we all worked together as one to clean the Regions Rivers and drains. This programme went on for over 4 months and started in the dry season. Hundreds of dump truck loads of silt, bush and trash have been removed from our drains and rivers making them deeper and wider for the water to flow freely.

In addition to our efforts, the Council met with the Ministry of Water Resources to insist that it does its job of cleaning the main water courses as we had undertaken that role because of its inaction to so do.

Even as we have received rainfall that in the past would have caused devastation, the outcome of this plan thus far is for the first time in six years the Region has not experienced a major flooding situation.

We must thank God for this blessing. I would also like to thank all the stake holders who have contributed to this great achievement. We have worked tirelessly educating our residents to stop littering and illegal dumping especially in our rivers. And although we are not 100% there yet, we have seen a significant reduction.  In short, this is the cleanest the Diego Martin Region rivers and drains has ever been.

We hope that this new proactive approach to our rivers and drains now become policy and part of the DNA of all stakeholders. However, while we do the best we can with our insufficient and reduced budgets, we are once again pleading with Central Government to please develop a new and efficient drainage plan for our region. We have far outgrown the current infrastructure and therefore need more, new, wider, deeper and renovated drains and rivers. We need silt and retention ponds to slow down the flow. Central Government also need to not only pass legislations and stiffer laws and penalties against illegal building on river banks, illegal dumping, quarrying and building on our hillsides, but also enforce them.

We have a few more weeks to raise our heads from the work as we are still in the rainy season.  Last year you may recall that our Regional neighbors St Vincent and St Lucia had massive flooding on Christmas Eve. Diego Martin knowing what they were going through sent over several supplies to them right away. Our prayers go out to our brothers and sisters of the Regions of Mayaro and Sangre Grande who were devastated by flood waters last week. Some members of Council and I personally delivered supplies and equipment to the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation this week.

The second phase in our fight against flooding and after an extremely Dry Season where they were several bush fires on our hill sides, we  embarked on a reforestation plan across the Region, especially in areas hit hardest by these bush fires.  We have planted over 1000 trees thus far and have hosted two sessions on reforestation where the Staff, Council and Residents all worked together.

We have also launched the Transformation Programme where we are changing illegal dumpsite into Green parks.

Over the past year, the Regional Corporation has embarked on, and achieved success in several special projects which have all proved beneficial to the communities under our purview.  Time does not permit me to go into all of them in detail; however rest-assured that all projects were communicated to stakeholders as we continue to hold meetings and consultations to ensure that our Residents are aware, endorse and are part of our plans and programmes.

To date, we have completed 105 development projects across the region including paving of roads, pavements, curbs, drains, and retaining walls to name a few, as well as the development of short and long term plans for the Corporation.

We have installed disaster bins across the region in strategic locations and our Council member’s walk their communities on a continuous basis to ensure that needs are being met effectively by the Corporation.

For the first time, residents will be able to access restrooms at our market and taxi-stands at the end of the Diego Martin Main road. We are currently constructing a new, modern and comfortable enclosed structure for vendors at this same site.

The recent freak wind-storm in parts of our community left approximately 30 residents without roofs.  Thankfully we were able to provide assistance to them until their structures were restored.

Our proactive approach against CHICK V and Dengue is on-going as we embarked on source reduction programmes such as the clearing of empty lots and the distribution of mosquito nets, spray, coils and creams particularly to needy households and to the elderly and our more vulnerable residents. We have been educating the public on the viruses, and how to fight them and to deal with the illness.  As you all know, the responsible agency The Ministry of Health Insect Vector Division reported that they spray units were down. With this in mind,  we went out and got two small hand held units to assist the situation.

In our fight against crime we have been working and supporting our Municipality Police and have been in constant dialog with the police stations in our Region. For years, our municipality police were housed in a small 10×5 shed. I am proud to say that they have now moved into a modern air conditioned and comfortable building at our Petit Valley office.

We have also teamed up with several top sporting organizations to give young people the opportunity to stay busy healthy and attend and learn new disciplines.  Through our Youth Scholarship Programme, we have taught almost 100 Children how to play the game of Chess. The districts which have participated in these free sessions include Carenage, Diamond Vale and Paramin. Our sincere thanks go to the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation for working with us on this programme.

We have open doors for the children in the Region, especially those in high risk areas to become members of top national bodies such as Lil Spartans Basketball, Ron La Forest Football Academy , SKHY Football Academy, Carlos Taylor Tennis Academy and Malvern Hockey club, to name a few. This list of top organizations will continue to grow soon.

For the first time we hosted a Youth Summer Camp. The camp was held over the period of one week and the venue was the Patna Community Centre. Over 50 children attended this camp and they learned art and craft, poetry, and visited the zoo. Just yesterday we distributed free tickets to students in the Region to see the historic Women’s National Football Team game against Ecuador next week. I thank Mayor Tim Kee and the TTFF for working with us on that project. And we wish the “Lady Soca Warriors” all the best in that crucial game. At least six of the players on that team and also the Men’s National team are from the Diego Martin Region. Not to mention the current Trinidad and Tobago representatives for Miss World, Miss Universe and Miss Port of Spain all hail from our Region.

Our Disaster Unit made history, when we worked with St Anthony’s College to become the first school to be CERT Certified. The students went through weeks of high level training including sand bagging, First Aid, pitching tents; chain saws use, and even backhoe driving.

We have also hosted several CERT training across the Region in various communities and have held two major stakeholders seminars.  Although we really do not want to call out our Disaster Unit anytime soon, we remain proactive and stand ready.

Ladies and Gentlemen, in order to get important feedback and involve our residents, one of the major initiatives taken was for the first time the introduction of Statutory Meetings being held out of Chamber every quarter so that we can discuss issues and share ideas with residents. One thing I love about my Diego Martin people is that when we bring issues we also come with solid solutions to share so that it can be solved.

Thus far, we have hosted these outside statutory meetings at Community Centres in Patna Village, Cocorite, Maraval and at the Chaguaramas Convention Centre. Although at times some of the locations may be uncomfortable and even shabby, our team knows that we are at the local government level and we will go to the people at the grass roots in every nook and cranny to hear their needs.

This is also done through our new Community Round Table Discussions. We have been going out to various communities and instead of hosting a formal town meeting, we created an intermit setting where ideas to improve the Region can be shared in a comfortable team building forum. 

We have improved the technology and overall communication mediums of the Corporation. We offer LIVE streaming online of our Statutory Meetings so for the first time, these can be viewed on our YouTube account.

We relaunched our Facebook page and moved from only 100 likes to almost 2000 in our first year. We also relaunched our website. The Diego Martin Regional Corporation is actually the first local Government Corporation to launch Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Whatsapp and bbm accounts and next week a Phone applications.

We have pushed to have our Corporation go green in its daily operations. We have increased the use of emails and scanning in our efforts to become paperless. We mandate that lights and air-conditioning units be taken off when not in use.

This has proved fruitful as residents and the population as a whole has expressed their appreciation for this new and innovative green approach of communication by the Corporation.  It has also saves us tens of thousands of dollars as we have seen a significant reduction in our stationary, phone bills and drivers overtime for delivery’s.

Another initiative aimed at improving our communication with our residents, is the People Driven Programme where we go out in Buses, taxies, and Maxi Taxies and travel with the residents to discuss issues and share ideas.

For the first time in its 22 year history DMRC met with the Chamber of Commerce and the Diego Martin Rotary. We have also met with religious leaders of the Region, principals of schools, members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Executive team of Health Centres and several community, sporting, cultural groups and neighborhood groups. We are consulting with all stakeholders to ensure we make the right decisions.

From day one this council knew that the most important asset of the Corporation was its staff members. Believe it or not, another first for the Corporation was our hosting of a Staff Symposium.  This has proven to be one of the best initiatives we have embarked upon as the positive feedback and the overall relationship between staff members and the council is at its best in years. I am pleased to report that there was an 80% attendance at this Symposium.

We so value our staff, we are investing in them by offering various training opportunities to build and improve their skills. We have pushed for Central Government to release the back- pay for our Municipal Police, and are seeking to do the same for other levels of workers.

For the first time, Council has met with the staff union, the NUGFW to discuss improving relations and working conditions more conducive to productivity, ensuring excellent service to the Diego Martin Region.

Currently we are starving for more office space. I am pleased to report that funds have been approved for a new building to be built at our Petit Valley office and the drawings for this building have been completed.

Also our Emergency Operation Centre was previously in a 10×10 room at our transport yard. They have been housed in their own comfortable spacious office in Petit Valley.

One of the new initiatives that we are extremely happy to launch is our Best Decorated Home Promotion.

Residents are being encouraged to take pride in the look of their homes and clean up and decorate for the Christmas season.

Prizes for the best decorated homes include a home gym, and shopping sprees at various stores.

DMRC has limited resources and extremely high demands. We have 110,000 residents and only 600 workers. This year budget we got almost $80m less than what we requested and a significant reduction in our Development budget. We have been operating on “dregs” yet through fugal and strategic planning were able to have significant savings on our projects. So much so that we were able to plough funds back into to more new projects.

Previously the Corporation spent too much time reading minutes while losing precious hours. We have cut down the number of committees and meetings from the previous 18 to a lean and effective 9 in total. And that includes Statutory and the 6 other mandated committees. This has seen a significant increase in productivity by our Department heads and by-and-large overall in Corporation. We have also seen a significant reduction in our catering bill.

Ladies & Gentlemen, in closing, I look forward to our second year of our three year term. We have a lot on new, innovative, proactive, excited and effective things planed. We have to continue working hard together as a team.

I extend my sincere appreciation and thanks to my family especially my wife and parents who have been extremely supportive down this new journey. Thank you to the members of Parliament for the three Constituencies in our Region. The Hon Dr. Keith Rowley, The Hon. Mr. Colm Imbert and The Hon. Dr. Amery Browne.

Dr. Rowley and Mr. Imbert send their regards as they are both out of the country. I would like to specially thank Dr. Amery Browne with whom I have worked closely over the years on several projects in the Constituency of Diego Martin Central. This is reflected by him endorsing and nominating me to continue working in a different capacity on the Board of The Diego Martin North Government School. I have since been elected Chairman of that Board.  Dr. Browne I thank you.

To our Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Marva Carter for her guidance and support. To all Members of Council I say thank you for your hard work and dedication to your portfolios.  To the staff I say thank you for all the hard work this year.

To the Residents, we will never forget that we are here because of you and will endeavor to do our best to significantly improve the communities in which you live. Let us all continue to work together as a team to make Diego Martin Region the best place to live.

Enjoy the rest of the evening, and Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thank you and may God Bless Us All.

 

Alderman Darryl Smith addresses audience at DMRC Civic Reception 2014

 

For Immediate Release

Date: 16th November 2014

DMRC Civic Celebrations 2014 Launched

Civic Celebration recognizing the achievements and talent of outstanding individuals within the Region will be hosted by the Diego Martin Regional Corporation during the month of November. This year’s festivities will champion youth. The theme of the Civic Celebrations 2014 is Inspire – Empower: Moving Our Youth to Excellence.

The celebrations began at 7am on Sunday 16th November, 2014 with an Interfaith Service at the St John’s Parish followed by a para military parade that ended on Wendy Fitzwilliam Blvd.

The two weeks of celebrations will attempt to engage the local communities within the Region.   Focus on youth has been championed by the current 2013-2016 Council. One of the highlights of the period of celebrations will be the Chairman’s Dinner and Dance. The proceeds from this event will be used to support the Corporation’s Youth Scholarship Program.

Many of the season’s activities will highlight the limitless enthusiasm and dedication of the current Council and Administration. It is no surprise that the purpose of these activities is to inspire and empower youth to excellence.

Members of Council and Religious Leaders outside the St John’s RC Church

Alderman Darryl Smith inspects the Para Military Parade. Chief Executive Officer Ms Marva Carter also in attendance.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date: 17th November 2014

 

 DMRC Takes Action to Eradicate CHIK V

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation is taking action to eradicate the spread of Chikungunya in the Region. During a three month operational period DMRC will be taking an “All Hands on Deck” approach towards aggressively addressing the issue of mosquito eradication in the Region. This will be achieved through educating the citizens about source reduction, spraying, clean up drives and distribution of mosquito nets and insect repellent cream within the Region.

Sixty plus workers have been contracted by the Corporation to assist with this initiative. Over the next there months, they will be utilized as follows:

-       To strengthen the Public Health Department and assist with cutting of vegetation, desilting and general drain cleaning

-       Be assigned to cut vacant lots in the area.

After the Ministry of Health revealed that they were experiencing difficulties with their spraying unit and equipment two handheld fogging machines were purchased by the Corporation to assist.

Alderman Darryl Smith emphasized that while spraying for mosquitoes was not the responsibility of the corporation, it was prepared to take whatever measures necessary to protect the citizens of the Region. He also warned that spraying for mosquitoes as a method of source reduction is not a final solution and urged the residents to clear their surroundings of anything that could encourage the breeding of mosquitoes.

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation is also engaged in an education drive to sensitize the residents. Town meetings were held at the following location and literature on the topic was circulated:

Bagatelle Corner on 10th September,

Maraval Community Centre on 11th September and

Diego Martin North Community Centre on 12th September, 2014.

In addition, the Corporation is working on distributing mosquito nets and repellent cream to the young and elderly. During the upcoming weeks a white waste cleanup initiative will be undertaken in the Covigne, Bagatelle and Maraval areas primarily because they have the majority of reported Chikungunya cases.

The Regional Corporation continues to encourage residents and tenants of the Region to clean their guttering and surroundings, minimizing the spread of Chik V is a group effort and the objective is :“Do Not Get Bitten”.  

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date: 14th August 2014

DMRC Hosts Interfaith Service at St John’s RC Church

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation hosted an Interfaith Service at the St John’s Roman Catholic Church, Church Street, Diego Martin on Wednesday 13th August, 2014. The service, attended by several members of the Council, Staff and The Diego Martin Community, focused on prayers for the welfare of the Region. These include but not limited to crime, flooding, the social, educational and racial divide.

“We must give to receive,” said Der Piankhi, a representative of the Orisha faith “Keep our minds clean, obey rules and laws and keep our drains clean.”

During the intercessions Pundit Maharaj explained that persons should work for what they pray for. He encouraged the organization of Interfaith Services on a National level.

Alderman Darryl Smith expressed the Regional Corporation’s desire to make this an annual event.  “This is the most important measure the Council has started since in office.”

The Alderman also used the meeting as an opportunity to highlight many of the positive things coming out of the Diego Martin Region. These include the choosing of Ms. Sarah Jane Waddell who will represent Trinidad and Tobago at the upcoming Miss World Pageant. Also, Ms. Jevon King who will represent Trinidad and Tobago at the next Miss Universe Pageant. He also made mention of Jehue Gordon who won Silver at the recent Commonwealth Games.

Following the Interfaith Service was a brief meeting with the religious leaders to gain input for the development of the Regional Corporation’s strategic plan.

 

For Immediate Release

Date: 16th July 2014

DMRC Summer Camp

Immeasurable creativity, wonderful experience and extremely talented youngsters are the words used to describe the first DMRC summer camp organized by the Diego Martin Regional Corporation held at the Patna Community Centre from July 7 to 11, 2014. Over 30 youth from across the Region, aged between 7 and 11 years old, attended the week of activities.

Throughout the week, many interesting workshops and activities were offered to participants such as poetry writing, song and dance, art and craft and much more. The program’s main goals were to build self-esteem, encourage creative activities and promote a cleaner and healthier environment, while promoting healthy lifestyles through nutrition, physical activities and mental well-being.

 Coordinated by the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Sport, Youth and Culture Committee, the success of this year’s DMRC summer camp has been made possible with the generous contribution of many sponsors including Jeremy Joseph Construction Co Ltd, Gopaul & Co Ltd, Radical Contracting Services, Chan & Owen Equipment, Naissal Construction & Maintenance, Ramnarine’s Supermarket, Khan’s Supermarket, Montezuma Corporation, Soluna Ltd, Sargent Lydia Rivers and Councillor Roxanne Long.

The Regional Corporation hopes in the coming years to continue this dynamic venture to help at risk youth discover new artistic perspectives. This year’s summer camp gave the participants a chance to access artistic programs while building new friendships and exceeding their limits.

  

For Immediate Release

Date: 13th June 2014

DMRC Hosts Successful Round Table Discussion in

Cocorite

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation hosted a successful round table discussion in Cocorite on Wednesday 11th June, 2014. The public forum- which was attended by several members of the Cocorite community – fostered an important exchange of ideas on challenging issues, including infrastructural development, flooding and youth development.

“I have always lived in Cocorite,” said Councillor Roxanne Long “and this is why my number one goal is to seek the best interest of our children and our community.”

During the session Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman, Diego Martin Regional Corporation explained that this first time effort by the Regional Corporation was to reach out to the community for the residents to assist by suggesting solutions and presenting ideas to the Corporation on what can be done differently to improve the district.

This initiative has an overall goal of supporting the Regional Corporation in developing their strategic plan and moving forward towards a vision that is shared by all stakeholders, residents and members of staff.

Alderman Darryl Smith expressed the Regional Corporation’s desire to rekindle the “Diego” spirit and vibe as he informed those present about the many programmes and projects being undertaken by the organization.

The Alderman also used the meeting as an opportunity to announce the upcoming Staff Symposium to be held on Monday 30th June, 2014 which will result in the closure of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation for one day.

 

Aldreman Darryl Smith, Chairman, Diego Martin Regional Corporation dialogues with members of the Cocorite Community after Round Table Meeting

Members of the Cocorite Community attend DMRC Round Table Discussion at the Cocorite Community Centre

Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman, Diego Martin Regional Corporation enlightens audience at Cocorite Community Centre about the many projects undertaken by DMRC. LHS Councillor for the District Councillor Roxanne Long

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date: 14th  May 2014

 All Hands on Deck

With just two weeks until the official rainy season in Trinidad and Tobago, the Diego Martin Regional Corporation remains seriously concerned about the clogged water courses in the region. To this end, the Diego Martin Regional Corporation has launched several initiatives to begin clearing these water courses in preparation for the upcoming season.

As part of the many initiatives being employed by the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, on May 14th 2014, Chairman Darryl Smith along with Chief Executive Officer Ms. Marva Carter, Members of Council, Heads of Departments, Administrative staff, members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation and volunteers from the Region assisted with the cleaning and clearing of the watercourse on Church Street, Petit Valley in the vicinity of the Petit Valley Boys Roman Catholic School.

The exercise began at 8am as several members of the Regional Corporation came out and participated in the “All Hand on Deck” phase of “Operation: Clear the Watercourses”

One hundred employees have already picked up their tools and joined the Public Health Department with this venture. To date plumbers, electricians, carpenters, masons and other employees of the Regional Corporation have teamed up with the region’s Sanitation workers to address this problem. Today’s exercise is also part of the Regional Corporation’s initiative to address the issue of flooding in the Diego Martin Region. “All Hands” are “on Deck” to alleviate the risk of landslides and flooding to our residents during the upcoming 2014 wet season.

The main objective of the exercise is to clean as many drainage networks as possible, as quickly as possible before the rainy season comes upon us.

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation is hoping today’s activities will continue over the next few weeks until the cleaning and clearing of all water channels and water courses are complete.

 

“All Hands on Deck” as members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Council, Administrative Staff and Volunteers pick up tools and assist with “Operation Clean the Watercourses”.

 

For Immediate Release

Date: 30th  April 2014

Diego Martin Regional Corporation Operation Clean the

Watercourses

Several members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation participated in “Operation Clear the Watercourses” which began at 7am at the Maraval River along the Morne Coco Road on Wednesday 30th April 2014, as the Regional Corporation Council and staff are seriously concerned about the cleaning of the main water courses. 

It is now thirty one (31) days to the official start of the rainy season. The main objective of the exercise is to clean as many drainage networks as possible. However the Corporation is hoping today’s activities will incite the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources to complete cleaning of all channels under their purview before the rainy season begins.

The Regional Corporation in an attempt to alleviate annual flooding is now engaged in a full scale operation where all resources have been diverted to the cleaning of water channels within the Region.  Approximately one hundred (100) labourers from the Diego Martin Regional Corporation have been reassigned to complement the existing staff of the Public Health Department to facilitate “Operation Clear the Watercourses.”

Despite the limited resources, lack of equipment and no jurisdiction the Council commenced works in the Maraval watercourse. Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation explained that the residents of the Region are at their “wits end with all the talk.”

“While we know it is illegal to start this operation, we are willing to face the penalties.” said Alderman Darryl Smith. He also indicated that the Diego Martin Regional Corporation would welcome any stakeholders willing to assist with this endeavor.

 

 

Members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation working to clean and clear the Maraval River before the rainy season.

 

For Immediate Release

Date: 28th  April 2014

 

 

DMRC ON MAJOR FLOOD ERADICATION DRIVE

It is now just thirty three (33) days to the official rainy season and the Diego Martin Regional Corporation is seriously concerned about the watercourses in the Region not being cleaned.

Further to a Press Conference held by the Diego Martin Regional Corporation on 28th March 2014 the Regional Corporation has now embarked on a massive drive to clean all channels within the Region.

The Ministry of Water and the Environment has been slow in doing its job of cleaning and maintaining of the main water courses in the Diego Martin Region. These rivers include the Diego Martin, Maraval and Petit Valley rivers.

 

The Regional Corporation has invited the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources to their monthly Coordinating meetings and they have missed all six.

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation also requested dialog with the Ministry of Water and the Environment about their overall plans to enhance the drainage network that is now obsolete due to population growth in the Region.

 

At the previous press conference Regional Corporation Chairman, Alderman Darryl Smith explained the critical timing and role of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources of clean the major water courses to prevent flooding before the start of the rainy season.

Subsequently a letter was sent to the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources requesting their assistance. The Regional Corporation is still awaiting a response. (Letters attached)

 

Council and staff members of the Regional Corporation have also taken the time to inspect more than thirty seven (37) sites across the Region.

Based on the severity of these annual events which cause millions worth of damage the Chairman, Council, CEO and Staff have decided to clean all the water courses within the Region including those under the purview of the Ministry.

The some of the Natural Watercourses identified as in need of cleaning are:

  1. Pearl Gardens Main Drain
  2. Superville Quarry Main Drain
  3. Regent Tower Main Drain
  4. La Seiva Main Drain
  5. Westmoorings Main Drain
  6. Dundonald Hill Main Drain
  7. Woodbine Main Drain
  8. Godfrey Main Drain
  9. Godfrey #2 Main Drain
  10. HCL Quarry Drain, Petit Valley
  11. La Puerta River
  12. Capildeo Lands Main Drain (EAST)
  13. Sparrow Drive Main Drain
  14. Papier Village Main Drain
  15. Morne Coco River
  16. Hillsboro Drain
  17. Saut D’eau Garden Drain
  18. Saganga Ravine
  19. Palm Beach
  20. Patna Ravine #1
  21. Patna Ravine #2
  22. Taxi Service : from Western Main Road to Sea Bayshore
  23. Bagatelle River
  24. Sea Trace- Bagatelle
  25. Richplain Ravine
  26. Saganga River 2
  27. Waterhole  Main Drain
  28. Dunlop Drain
  29. Sandiego Park Main Drain
  30. Pierre Felix Main Drain
  31. Cameron Road Drain
  32. Coveigne Channel from Diego Martin MAIN Road to walk bridge
  33. Victoria Villas Drain from Ministry of Works to Diego Martin
  34. Dibe River
  35. Caildeo Lands Main Drain (WEST#1)

36. Pearl Gardens Main Drain #2

 

For Immediate Release

Date:22nd April 2014

 

Diego Martin Regional Corporation Youth Scholarship

Chess Tournament

Six weeks ago the Diego Martin Regional Corporation created history when it launched its Youth Scholarship Programme.  The Programme was one of several new innovative initiatives introduced by the Chairman Alderman Darryl Smith.  It was developed to give youths in areas that may not have opportunities to learn various skills.

On Saturday March 15th 2014, Diego Martin Regional Corporation successfully launched the programme at the Carenage Community Centre.  The launch kicked off with a union between the Diego Martin Regional Corporation and the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation.  The Foundation taught approximately 30 youths from the Carenage area to play the game of chess in a six week period.  The final session ended on Glorious Saturday (April 19th 2014) at the same venue with a tournament. Caele Kewley won the girls division while Tyler Morris won the boys.

The foundation handed over several Chess boards and pieces to the Councillor for the area Mr. Enroy Slater who will now join forces with parents and teachers to form a club to keep the youths playing on a weekly basis.  The next location for the Chess Programme will be in Diamond Vale in a few weeks.  Details will be made public shortly.

Chairman Alderman Darryl Smith was extremely proud of the participants and their parents who sacrificed six Saturdays in a row to learn the game of chess.  He reminded them to keep playing together and ensure that the club was formed for the long haul.  “Our goal is to have this programme go across the region and set up as many clubs to compete.” “With the high level of play I saw today I anticipate that we will have several chess national players coming out from the Diego Martin Region.”  Alderman Smith was extremely thankful to the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation for all their assistance.

Overall the Youth Scholarship Programme goes into full gear this term with young members of the region attending a wide range of extracurricular activities including football, basketball, tennis, boxing, homework center, cultural and arts.  Anyone who would like to assist in the Programme or attend please contact our office at 633-7252 on facebook www.facebook.com/DiegoMartinRegionalCorporation or website www.dmrctt.com  and on twitter @dmrctt. 

 

Participants of the DMRC Youth Carenage Scholarship Programme display their medals and trophies at their first tournament hosted at the Carenage Community Centre.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:28th March 2014

Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman of the Diego Martin

Regional Corporation addrerssesLandslide and Flooding

in Diego Martin Region

SPEACH DELIVERED BY ALDERMAN DARRYL SMITH

The DMRC 2013-2016 Council has been in office five months now. Flood irradiation has been our top priority from the moment we assumed office. We have invited all stakeholders to aid in this capacity.

We recognize and appreciate that people in the Diego Martin Region are on edge. We cannot control nature. However a strategic effort needs to be put forward towards flood mitigation.

People in this Region have a misconception that Diego Martin Regional Corporation (DMRC) is responsible for Main Water Courses such as the Diego Martin River and the Maraval River.

The Ministry of the Environment and Water Recourses (MEWR) is in charge of cleaning and desilting and general maintenance of the Main Water Courses including the Diego Martin River.

We at the Regional Corporation are responsible for the smaller arteries that flow into the Major Water Courses.

Unfortunately our research has shown that the previous Council also had issues with the Drainage Division performing the necessary remedial work on the River Bed and along the courses.

We have invited them on several occasions including our five monthly Coordinating Meetings to meet and discuss a way forward. No representatives have been present to date, yesterday being meeting five.

The little feedback we have gotten from them does not reflect the Diego Martin Region being a top priority. The level of work currently being done is insufficient to have any major impact on the level of flooding in our Region.

Since this new Council assumed office in November we have focused on cleaning all the drains under our purview which have not been done in three years. We are also now in the process of finalizing contracts for Major Drains under our purview.

We inherited the budget of the previous Council. This budget did not reflect the urgency of drainage issues in our Region. Council and Administration are trying to tweak as much as possible to rectify.

With just over sixty days to rainy season our Council has made a decision to put all the resources we can towards to do the work of the MEWR.

We cannot in good conscience sit and wait for another disaster to ravage our Region and further traumatize our burgesses.

This is a proactive initiative of the DMRC.

We are committed to being proactive rather than reactive.

The people of the Diego Martin Region have a new term – “ Rainophobia” where once there is a slight drizzle people become paranoid and even ill. Example people start sand bagging at the sound of raindrops on their rooftops

People move their cars to higher ground in fear of their cars flooding.

People’s blood pressures elevate with the stress and worry associated with rainfall

This is not healthy for the people of our Region to be living like this in fear.

We are looking at parenting with CEPEP to assist with the cutting of the vegetation in the Main Rivers.

Cleaning of the drains and the main water courses are low lying fruit. What the Diego Martin Region needs is an overall plan to revamp its entire drainage plan which the population has outgrown over the years. This plan will take several years and millions of dollars of which the DMRC’s budget cannot facilitate. This type of Budget can only be facilitated by MEWR. We are pleading with MEWR to please initiate a Master Drainage Plan for the Diego Martin Region.

 

From left to right Katty Ann Christopher, Vice Chairman DMRC, Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman DMRC and Mr John Joseph, Public Health Officer DMRC

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:20th March 2014

Dark Wave

On Wednesday 26th March, 2014, members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation along with the Disaster Management Unit participated in a national exercise dubbed Dark Wave.

The exercise which started at 10:00 am simulated an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 on the Richter scale being felt in the Diego Martin Region. This scenario resulted in the collapse of the Regional Corporation’s Administrative Building located at 17-18 Diego Martin Main Road, Diego Martin.

The Regional Corporation then joined forces with Four Roads Fire Station, DMRC Municipal Police, Four Roads Police Station, Search and Rescue Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross, CERT Volunteers and REACT to test the levels of preparedness and response to this type of hazard.

The main objectives of the exercise were to:

-          Test the vulnerability of the Administrators of the Regional Corporation during a hazard impact

-          To bring awareness of the procedures required during such an occurrence

-          To evaluate the Communications during a natural disaster

-          To identify processes to improve the response to threats of this nature

 

At the start of the full scale exercise traffic was stopped and a detour was initiated by the Municipal Police and the Four Roads Police Station Officers.

During the simulation as part of the relatively intense setting persons were trapped in both the Chairman and CEO’s office. Among those trapped and unable to exit the building was a group of fifteen students who were attending a Disaster Management Workshop.

The rescue component comprised of Search and Rescue Santa Cruz being able to breach part of the building in order to rescue the students trapped in the Corporation’s Chamber. The Four Roads Fire Station simulated evacuating those imprisoned in the Chairman’s Office and the CEO’s Office.

As part of the practical display the report of one fatality was announced at 11:45 am occasioning the intervention of the Police CSI Unit.

Based on the response of the participants the Regional Corporation’s Disaster Management Unit will now evaluate the success of the exercise and examine further requirements needed.

 

Santa Cruz Search and Rescue simulates breaching the DMRC Administrative Building to free persons trapped inside

Members of staff gathered at the approved Muster Point during the simulation

For Immediate Release

Date:19th March 2014

 DMRC Youth Scholarship Programme launched at the

Carenage Community Centre

 

On Saturday March 15, 2014 the Diego Martin Regional Corporation launched the DMRC Youth Scholarship Programme at the Carenage Community Centre, Carenage. Chairman, Alderman Darryl Smith officially opened the programme stressing on the two top priorities of the new Council that is flooding and crime.

During the feature address Alderman Smith expressed the need to continuously protect and develop the youth. He recognized the work of the various Agencies partnering with the Regional Corporation in fulfilling this major task.  He added that in the fight against crime, the launching of the first ever DMRC Youth Scholarship Programme is designed to give the youth in what is considered “Hot Spot Crime” areas the opportunity to learn a sport, culture or get assistance with their academics.

Chairman Smith made mention of the organizations from the sporting field who have partnered to give the children a Full Scholarship to attend their training programmes.

Some of these organisations include:

Lil Spartan Basketball Academy: Maple Leaf School.

SKHY Football Academy: Queens Park Savannah

Ron La Forest Football Academy: King George 5th Park

Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation: Diego Martin

Carlos Taylor Tennis Academy

These Agencies are working to develop the youth of the nation, in particular the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation who has pledged to host 6 weeks of free Chess lessons to the youth, parents and teachers in the Carenage area. The training culminates with the formation of a chess club and a tournament among the participants. Following this the process will be repeated in other Hot Spot areas. He revealed that the Regional Corporation intends to introduce academic and cultural programmes which will be developed through collaborations between Ms. Felicity Richards and her team in piloting a home work centre and Ms. Jenna James and Mr. Derron Sandy tutoring students in the art of poetry and song writing.

 

Present at the launch as the guest speaker was former Trinidad and Tobago Footballer Mr. Angus Eve. Also present was former Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago under 19 Football Team Mr. Ron La Forest who expressed concern over the social and developmental consequences caused by the decline of physical activities among the youth. Through this joint effort of the Regional Corporation and stakeholders within the Region it is expected that the tutoring will make a difference and effect the changes necessary to strengthen the youths of the Region.

Chairman Smith applauded the fervent efforts of the various agencies in the field of sports which involves the training and mentoring of the youngsters. Alderman Smith and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Marva Carter also thanked Sports World for their support, as the official corporate sponsor of the Youth Scholarship Programme.

Chief Executive Officer Ms. Marva Carter articulated the Regional Corporation’s commitment to impact positively on the social and cognitive skills of the young people as she addressed the gathering. She expressed the hope that these programmes will groom and impart the necessary life skills to make the partakers into better decision makers and productive members of society.

The event concluded with the first free chess lesson conducted by the Trinidad and Tobago Chess Foundation. Twenty students including Alderman Jane Simon registered to participate in the programme.

 

Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation makes the first move to launch the chess training as part of the DMRC Youth Scholarship Programme

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:19th February 2014

 

DMRC Celebrates Ms Elsie Johnson’s 102nd Birthday

Surrounded by family, friends and Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s Chairman, Alderman Darryl Smith and Councillor Enroy Slater, Carenage resident Elsie Johnson celebrated her 102nd birthday at St Ann’s Road, her niece’s home, on February 28th.

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation presented her with a commemorative plaque, which was followed by a celebratory cake cutting. She is the district’s 2014 centenarian.

“Mary still feels young in spirit and is happy to be a part of the Carenage community,” grandson Carlon Johnson said. “Our family is very proud to have her.”

Johnson was born and in Tucker Valley in 1920 her family later moved in the early 1940’s to Carenage.

A natural homemaker, she raised eight children, three of which are still alive.

Often referred to as “Grand Mother” by her family, Johnson now spends much time sharing a lifetime of “fond memories of growing up.” with her grandchildren

Johnson is also the proud great-grandmother of fifty two and grandmother of fifty two.

Elsie Johnson now spends her time among family, friends who live in her community, and as an inspiration to everyone she meets.

 

 

Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation along with Councillor for the District Mr Enroy Slater and members of the Regional Corporation join the friends and family of Ms Elsie Johnson as she celebrates her 102 birthday in Carenage.

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:19th February 2014

 

Launch of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s

“People Driven Program: A

new way to talk; A new way to Listen”

On Wednesday 19th February, 2014, the Diego Martin Regional Corporation hosted the official launch of its “People Driven Program”.

This unique initiative is an effort being undertaken by Alderman and Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Darryl Smith and his Council to keep connected to the people of the Diego Martin Region and have the public more involved in the decision making processes.

In his briefing, Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation explained how the “People Driven Program” would be executed. He explained that members of his Council would begin riding Public Transportation (PTSC Buses, Taxis and Maxi Taxis) during the morning and afternoon rush hours (6:00AM – 8:00AM and 4:00PM – 6:00PM). This initiative will take place over a ten week period.

Each Council member will travel in his/ her district in order to reach their constituents. During these journeys, they will speak with members of the public on board to find out more about their concerns and any ideas they may have to better the Diego Martin Region. These rides will be done systematically by the various districts but randomly with regards to Bus, Taxi and Maxi Taxi Schedules.

 

Alderman and Chairman Darryl Smith also emphasized that the feedback received would assist how the Council plans for the Diego Martin Region:

This is one of many new, innovative and effective consultation and mediums of communications that Our Council has put in place. We have already created history by hosting the first ever Statutory Meeting out of the comfort of the Corporation’s Chambers at the Patna Village Community Center.We plan to continue this process every quarter.This Council is making all attempts to open up communication among all stakeholders in the Diego Martin Region, including the Corporation’s Staff, the Council, the Residents, the Business Community, State Agencies and NGO’s.”

Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation

At the official launch, Alderman and Chairman Darryl Smith and Councillor Joseph “Joey” Lewis, Local Government Representative for the Bagatelle / Blue Basin District boarded a Maxi Taxi at the Turnstile. They introduced the “People Driven Program” to the passengers on board. A discussion was held with several commuters and several issues of importance were highlighted as a result.

Some of these issues included: Employment, Open Door Policies between the public and the Council, and Infrastructural Development and Drainage within the Bagatelle / Blue Basin District.

The maiden ride of “The People Driven Program” was well received.

Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation and Joseph “Joey” Lewis, Councillor for the Bagatelle/ Blue Basin District at Media Briefing for the launch of the People Driven Program

Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation boarding a maxi taxi at the Turnstile.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:9th February 2014

Chairman Smith at Emergency Response Training: DMRC

committed to first response training within communities

 

Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Alderman Darryl Smith says the Regional Corporation is committed to playing its part as a responsible member of the regional community by continuing efforts geared towards increasing levels of preparedness during disasters.

Chairman Smith made the statement at West Moorings North Park while attending the Emergency Response Training facilitated by the Regional Corporation’s Disaster Management Unit on Saturday morning. The exercise was aimed at raising awareness in relation to first response, in particular highlighting the critical role of developing individuals of the community as first responders during a hazard impact.

Addressing the link between recognizing, responding and recovering from a disaster, Disaster Coordinator Mr. Jerry David explained that as a region with vulnerable areas such as West Moorings and Glencoe, the Diego Martin Regional Corporation has recognized its responsibility to better equip the communities in both safety and operating techniques:

“We at the Disaster Management Unit believe in making our communities resilient. Within recent years we have experienced short, intense episodes of rain resulting in severe flooding, land slippage and mudslides. The associated loss of property and lives in these annual events has implications for overall economic development of the Region.”

Chairman Smith assured Regional Corporation will continue to pursue initiatives to increase the response capability and capacity; encourage the use of proper protocol and facilitate this type of training opportunity for local first responders and the general public.

The participants of West Moorings and Glencoe were trained in: light search and rescue, chain saw use and safety, tree cutting and sand bag wall construction.

Councillor for the district Mr. Michael Alonzo expressed hope that the exercise will help the district to become more prepared to respond in the event of an actual hazard impact.

 

Chairman Smith with members of the Disaster Management Unit and the Santa Cruz Search and Rescue Unit at Emergency Training Exercise, West Moorings North Park

 

For Immediate Release

Date:6th February 2014

 

Diego Martin Regional Corporation and Representatives of the

Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources tour Main

Water Courses in the Diego Martin Region

Subsequent to flooding experienced in the Diego Martin Region over the past three years, the Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Alderman Darryl Smith along with officials of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources toured the Main Water Coursed of the Diego Martin Region to determine possible solutions to this ongoing issue. The tour began at 1pm, on Wednesday 5th February 2014 lasting just over two hours.

Accompanying Chairman Smith were, Vice Chairman Katty Ann Christopher, Councillor Joseph T Lewis, Chief Executive Officer Ms. Marva Carter and Public Health Officer Mr. John Joseph   from the Regional Corporation.

Chairman Smith and officials visited several rivers and drains in the region and will continue touring in the following weeks to see works being done and where is air marked for cleaning and repair.                     .

The Regional Corporation discussed the cleaning, repairing and major plans of the Ministry of Water Resources for the Main Water Courses in the Region which are under their purview including the Maraval and Diego Martin Main Rivers. The Diego Martin Regional Corporation is responsible for only the 500 small drains within the Region that lead to the main rivers.

“It is unfortunate that some residents of the Diego Martin Region have fallen victim to flooding in recent years. The Diego Martin Regional Corporation is committed to ensuring that all residents of our Region are comfortable and safe. It is therefore essential that the problem of flooding is eradicated in all communities throughout the Region. Whilst the Regional Corporation is attempting for the first time to clean and fix all the drains under our purview, it is imperative that the main arteries the Diego Martin and Maraval rivers which fall under the Ministry of Water Resources, Drainage Division must also be top priority of the ministry. An overall new and relative plan and design for these rivers and drains must be implemented sooner rather than later. Proper and consistent maintenances of these rivers must be conducted. The removal of silt, bush cutting, retaining walls and basic repairs must be done in the short dry season.” –Alderman Darryl Smith, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation.

 

 

From left to right Chairman Smith, Chief Executive Officer Marva Carter, Councillor Joseph T Lewis, Vice Chairman Katty Ann Christophe and Official of MEWR on field visit

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:10th December 2013

 

Sharing the Light

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation traditional tree-lighting ceremony held at Four Roads Junction on Sunday, December 8 brought a big crowd to the landmark “BigTree”.

The Historic Big Tree provided a picture postcard start to the holiday season for the Diego Martin Region. Those in attendance enjoyed holiday music featuring the Paramininos Parang Group and The Lady of Lourdes Youth Choir.

All eyes were on the Big Tree as Chairman Alderman Darryl  Smith and Chief Executive Officer Marva Carter of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation flipped the switch to light the tree.

“This year  the tree has been lit with 4000 bulbs and the Regional Corporation has installed a timer to automatically turn the lights on and off,” Smith said.  “This “Big Tree” is a landmark in our community. The lighting of the tree is something we look forward to each year. This tradition is one that we will continue to promote and  next year’s event will be even bigger.”

The evening’s  festivities were capped with a candlelit vigil as patrons enthusiastically sang along with the Choir.

“As we celebrate during this time of year, let us remember that this season is a time  for peace, love and hope,” Alderman Darryl Smith said. “Let us also remember to take care and protect our children.”

The tree has been lit by the Corporation for over a decade and will be lit until the 6th January 2014.

Diego Martin Regional Corporation Council and Staff at Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Four Roads, Diego Martin

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:6th November 2013

Appointment of  new members of the Regional Corporation Council

 2013-2016

 

 

Pursuant to the announcement of the results following the Local Government Elections on Monday 21st October 2013, the Diego Martin Regional Corporation wishes to advise that the following team of persons have been appointed for the 2013-2016 Council.

The 2013-2016 Council will comprise:

 

1.      Mr. Darryl Smith – Chairman

2.      Ms. Katty Ann Christopher – Vice Chairman

3.      Ms. Irene Hinds – Alderman

4.      Ms. Jane Simon – Alderman

5.      Ms. Mary Lou Veronica Ammon – Alderman

6.      Mr. Enroy Slater – Councillor Chaguaramas / Point Cumana

7.      Mr. Michael Alonzo – Councillor Goodwood / Glenco/ La Puerta

8.      Ms. Kathy Ann Christopher -  Councillor Covigne / Rich Plain

9.      Mr. Gail Donna La Touche - Councillor Diamond Vale

10.  Mr. Robert Benoit - Councillor Morne Coco / Alyce Glen

11.  Ms. Roxanne Long- Councillor Petit Valley / Cocorite

12.  Ms. Catherine Mendez – Councillor St. Lucien / Cameron

13.  Mr. Kern Solomon – Councillor Belle Vue / Bossiere #1

14. Mr. Richard Mendez - Councillor Moka / Bossiere #2

15.  Mr. Joseph T. Lewis – Councillor Bagatelle / Blue Basin

 

Please be advised accordingly.

 

 

DIEGO MARTIN REGIONAL CORPORATION
Council Members 2013 – 2016
Front Row: left to right: (Alderman- Jane Simon, Catherine Mendez, Chairman- Darryl Smith, Vice
Chairman- Katty Christopher, Roxanne Long
Back Row: left to right: Michael Alonzo, Robert Benoit, Alderman- Irene Hinds, Richard Mendez,
Enroy Slater, Gail Donna La Touche, Kern Solomon, Alderman- Mary Lou Ammon, Joseph Lewis

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:13th August 2013

 

Diego Martin Regional Corporation Joins the Minsitry

of Works and Infrastructure at the Opening Ceremony

for the Diego Martin Lay-by and La Puerta Roadworks

Project

 

The opening of the Diego Martin Lay-by and La Puerta Road will mean greater access and reduced travel times for those residing in the Diego Martin community.

The $5.6 million project, which includes the widening of the road and the construction of the Lay By, is considered to be one of the largest infrastructure projects in Diego Martin for this year.

The newly paved corridor extends for 390 meters and includes drainage rehabilitation works and pavement markings.

During the feature address Minister of Works and Infrastructure, the Honourable Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan expressed his gratitude as he remarked on the good works being done by the Chairman of the Corporation. Former Councillor for the Bluebasin/Bagatelle District, Lisa Maraj who was in attendance also received compliments for the works done within her district.

The project by the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure is a welcome design and will positively impact on the burgesses. Drivers now will have a safer way to cross onto the Diego Martin Main Road off the La Puerta Road.

“This is a terrific example of how transportation projects affect communities within our Region,” said Alderman Anthony Sammy, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation. “This Lay By and the repaving of the La Puerta Road will give burgesses better access to jobs, schools and all other daily activities.”

“We at the Regional Corporation are very pleased with projects like this which help to reduce transportation time for many people,” he went on to state.

Minister of National Security, Senator the Honourable Emmanuel George was also present for the opening ceremony.

Of the multimillion dollar road works being done within the Diego Martin Region the Regional Corporation is very pleased with the quality of work and the progress being made. These roadway improvement works could not have come at a more opportune time.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:5th August 2013

DMRC Sports and Family Day 2013

The Staff of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation (DMRC) commemorated Emancipation 2013 with their Sports and Family Day. This event was held with enthusiasm at the Diego Martin Central Secondary School.
On Saturday 03rd August, 2013 the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and staff of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation reflected on the numerous projects the Corporation had successfully undertaken over the past three years.
Chairman, Alderman Anthony Sammy in his welcome remarks extended his thanks to the Administration for their dedication towards the delivery of service to the burgesses of the Region. He reminded those present of his commitment towards making the Diego Martin Region the best place to live.
Corporation members showed up in their numbers with their friends and family to participate in the novel game and activities which included races for all ages, musical chairs, balloon toss and the popular tug of war.
With passion and energy the Departments battles each other to walk away with DMRC Challenge Trophy.
Alderman Anthony Sammy to the delight of those present went onto serenade the audience.
Former Councillors Lisa Maraj, Gail LaTouche, Enroy Slater and Anne Letren were also present to celebrate with the Administrative Staff and assist with the distribution of prizes.
Many trophies were awarded and medals were distributed.
Diego Martin Regional Corporation wishes to thank the following for their sponsorship in making our event a success: Prestige Holdings LTD., Mario’s Pizzeria, Kenny’s Sport Centre, T&T Red Cross, SWMCOL, TTDF, Sascha cosmetics, Angostura Limited and Mr. Charles Morris. A very special thanks goes out to the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, without whom this event would not have been possible.
The day ended on a high note with the administration staff emerging victorious and winning the coveted DMRC Challenge Trophy. Everyone left with a renewed commitment towards working to make the Diego Martin Region the best place to live.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:5th August 2013

First Responders Training of the Disaster

Management Exercise

Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s Disaster Management Unit facilitated a First Responders Training Exercise on Saturday 3 August 2013.The Training was for Community Emergency Response Team/CDRT first responders and the Diego Martin public. More than 65 people participated in the day’s program, which was hosted by the Disaster Management Unit and included members of the Search and Rescue Unit out of the Santa Cruz Fire Station.
The practical training program was designed to help the local community and volunteer emergency responders develop the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively manage during a hazard impact until rescue teams arrive. The program faciliated by the Disaster Management Unit was based upon the Corporation’s recognized need to build capability and capacity within the Region to effectively and successfully operate during a disaster. The instruction curriculum included what is considered to be best practice when operating chain saws and maintaining them, search and rescue techniques and building sand bag walls.
Alderman Anthony Sammy, Chairman of the Regional Corporation, said, “I am pleased that we at the Regional Corporation can faciliate this important training opportunity for local first responders and the general public. We deeply appreciated the dedicated and selfless service that first responders and public safety personnel provided to our local communities during the August 2012 flooding and landslide disaster. The Regional Corporation has been totally committed in our efforts to better equip our staff and communities in both safety and operating techniques. The first priority of the Disaster Management Unit has always been safety of both our burgesses and our employees. This practical Training Exercise has given the community an excellent opportunity to participate in activities that may someday enable them to safely rescue their neighbors during a disaster.”
In addition to members of the Search and Rescue Unit out of the Santa Cruz Fire Station representatives from REACT attended the training.
Participants reported that the instructions given were both helpful and informative, and they feel better prepared to respond in the event of a potentially threatening situation or actual hazard impact.
Jerry David, Disaster Management Coordinator, said, “This is another initiative of the Disaster Management Unit to make our communities especially those that are vulnerable, resilient. The first few times we had our CERT programs the response was overwhelming, and on those occasions the trainees had to be called into action. This type of training is incredibly valuable to everyone. We believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that we equip the burgesses of the Diego Martin Region with the necessary training to respond during a disaster until the external agencies can step in and assist. The practical exercises are geared at teaching the public how be able to recognize, respond and recover from a disaster and the exact protocol to follow. Participants were happy to receive sandbags and first aid kits which were kindly donated by the ODPM. Communities in Carenage, Petit Valley, Belle Vue/ Dundonald and Maraval can look forward to similar programs in these communities in the coming weeks.
Any group or organization in the Diego Martin region wishing to access these programs can call the Disasater Management Coordinator, Mr. Jerry David, at 695-7843 or 387- 0280 or Mr. Akash Ramnlochan at 469-7419.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:27th July 2013

End of Council 2013

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation held its last Statutory 2010-2013 Council Meeting on Thursday 25th July, 2013 at Skipper’s Restaurant, Trinidad and Tobago Yacht Club, Glencoe.

In attendance were nine members of the Council, Heads of Departments of the Regional Corporation and Member of Parliament for Diego Martin Central, Dr Amery Browne.
The nostalgic Statutory Meeting comprised of closing remarks from each Councillor. While some were confident of returning others reflected on the accomplishments of their term in office.
Dr Amery Browne in his address to the gathering reminded the audience that is always hope to carry the future.

Members of the Regional Corporation and the Chief Executive Officer, Marva Carter were praised as each member of Council thanked Administration for their support and diligence during their tenure in office.
The afternoon was not all business, as the Chairman was asked to serenade the crowd by singing some of the old classics; of which he did an exceptional job of entertaining the crowd.
Even though council has dissolved, ongoing Chairman Sammy wishes to reassure burgesses that the Diego Martin Regional Corporation is “dedicated to the task of seeing our burgesses and making the Diego Martin Region the best place to live”, ongoing work continues within the Region.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:  July  2013

Opening Ceremony of the NP Service Station

In July 2013 the Opening Ceremony of the NP Service Station in Carenage was welcomed by the Diego Martin Regional Corporation. The service station located close to Haig Street will fuel the fleet of automobiles from the Western Peninsular.

Speakers at the event included Minister of Energy Kevin Ramnarine, along with NP Chairman Neil Gosine.

Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Alderman Anthony Sammy remarked at the Opening Ceremony, “This is in keeping with our commitment to our watchwords Together: Making the Diego Martin Region the Best Place to Live. This service station will serve to provide a significant portion of the demand for fuel in the Carenage Region. The infrastructure has been in place since 2009 and we are very proud to have it operational today. The creation of new jobs this facility offer Carenage is also a welcome asset. ”

Chairman Anthony Sammy was onsite as the first customer Mr Kofi Harper made his purchase.

Carenage is a densely populated region this new addition is a welcome one to the development of the Western Region. The new station will provide quality service which includes a wide range of petroleum products.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:3rd June 2013

ODPM and DMU Conducts Emergency Operation

Centre Training

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) and Disaster Management Coordinator Mr Jerry David last week led thirty members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation in an Emergency Operation Centre course at the Diego Martin Central Community Centre. This initiative was piloted by the Regional Corporation’s Disaster Management Unit. The courses included training on the setting up of an Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) and an integrated approach to strategically managing the EOC, namely the Incident Command System (ICS).

“This course is preparedness for the Hurricane season. Following the August 2012 flooding and landslide disaster within the region this training is a necessity,” said Disaster Coordinator Jerry David “This training continues to demonstrate the Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s commitment to making the region the most disaster prepared place to live. The focus is to enable an effective and efficient system of collaborative efforts during recovery and restoration efforts following a hazard impact.”

The EOC/ICS training was held in partnership with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management. A total of 30 individuals representing various departments of the Regional Corporation participated in the training.

The EOC/ICS training was held for personnel working before during and after a disaster. The aim was to provide attendees with information on monitoring and assessment of a hazard impact, means and methods for setting up and establishing an EOC, and methods for managing the Operation Centre. Participants received training manuals and instructions on techniques for monitoring as well as analysing a disaster was shared by the facilitator.

The EOC training was provided by Mr Jai Gowandan from ODPM.

Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management currently collaborates with the Diego Martin Regional Corporation with projects ranging from providing assistance in improving their emergency preparedness and response programs, to joint collaborative activities that improve emergency management operations during hazard impacts.

Chairman, Alderman Anthony Sammy says the Diego Martin Regional Corporation is dedicated to offering a wide variety of training and information tailored to the changing needs of the region. As the Incident Commander during the August 2012 disaster he advised the attendees to purchase flashlights, metal whistles and all other personal protective and to keep on their person at all times and they all need to respond when duty calls.

For Immediate Release

Date:15th May 2013

Together Making the Diego Martin Region the Best

Place to Live

Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. The Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s Youth and Social Services Committee is hoping to address issues of recognizing, preventing, and reporting child abuse within the Diego Martin Region.

In a bid by the Corporation to address the taboo subject matter members of the Patna River Estate Action Council and the Coveigne Action Council who hosted the Walk Against Child Abuse were invited by the Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Alderman Anthony Sammy on 14 May 2013 to address the committee to assist with the continuity and sustainability of the group’s efforts to make a stand against child abuse.

Coming out of the discussion Chairman for the Committee, Phillip Murray said, “The momentum created by the Walk Against Child Abuse needs continuity and sustainability. We at the Regional Corporation want to be involved in making a stand. Child abuse is a silent cry; we need to get our communities involved.”

Vice Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Alderman Robert Torry acknowledged the need to create a safe atmosphere for victims as he encouraged the visiting group to rally support from NGO’s and State Agencies.

Councillor Anne Letren pointed out that there needs to be some effort towards providing parenting programs to assist abusers to deal with stress triggers.

“Abuse is a cycle. If we do not examine the cause of abuse through education programs we cannot break the cycle. Many people are ignorant or in denial of the things that they do that constitute abuse.” she said.

Child abuse is a crime against humanity. Some of the issues discussed were the lack of support units to treat with victims, especially female victims who report abuse. Far too often families do not want to provide evidence against abusers and there is a general lack of trust in the law and law enforcement against perpetrators.  The group discussed the possibility of establishing a call centre in the Diego Martin Region and some of the ongoing operations within the community towards promoting awareness of child abuse such as the “Adopt a Family” initiative.

Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Alderman Anthony Sammy was instrumental in initiating the discussion between the Regional Corporation and the Patna River Estate Action Council and the Coveigne Action Council. “I strongly support this cause. Child Abuse is a national issue. We have remained silent for too long in our communities. Until we do not address the needs of victims openly, our children will continue to suffer in silence. This is why I encouraged a meeting between the groups and Council. ” said Chairman Anthony Sammy.

The aim of the meeting was to begin the dialogue between the Corporation and the Patna River Estate Action Council and the Coveigne Action Council to collaborate and strengthen efforts within the Diego Martin Region to address Child Abuse on a community level.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:10th May 2013

Chain Saw Training in Preparation for Hurricane

Season

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation Disaster Management Unit is urging their employees and burgesses to exercise extreme caution when using chainsaws and power tools when tree cutting and removing debris during the wet season.

On Wednesday 8 May 2013 Disaster Coordinator, Jerry David invited FT Farfan to the Diego Martin Central Community Centre to demonstrate the proper use of chainsaws. The aim of this exercise was to encourage persons not to be afraid of the tools but to learn to master them and use them with caution and common sense.

In attendance were members of the Regional Corporation’s Tree Cutting Unit. Some of the topics covered were methods of felling a tree, trimming and bucking, pruning, safety tips and precautions to be taken when using chainsaws.

Those attending were encouraged to observe safety tips. The objectives of the course were as follows:

  • Wear the appropriate protective equipment, including safety glasses and heavy work gloves
  • Choose the proper size of chainsaw to match the job
  • Start and operate a chain saw.
  • Understand felling, limbing, and bucking procedures
  • Saw maintenance

The target audience for this training exercise in lieu of the upcoming hurricane season were Professional First Respondents. Present at the exercise were members of the Trinidad Fire Services Four Roads and Santa Cruz officers.

The eager participants were trained by members of FT Farfan on how to avoid unnecessary accidents and bad work practices when operating chain saws.

“This is one in a series of events planned by the Regional Corporation to boost our capability as a region to respond and recover from disasters during the upcoming hurricane season. We at the Diego Martin Regional Corporation are firm believers that together we can make the Diego Martin Region the best place to live.” said Chairman Anthony Sammy.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:6th May 2013

Together Making the Diego Martin Region a More

Disaster Prepared Region

Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s Councillor Enroy Slater who represents the Chaguaramas/ Point Cumana District was among those receiving Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Kits from the DMRC Disaster Management Unit on Saturday 4 May 2013.

The CERT training course was conducted in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Association in the Chaguaramas distinct. Over 20 CERT Kits were distributed to the volunteers who had successfully completed the program. This starter kit comprised of a flash light, rain coat, whistle, hard hat, reflective vest and rubber boots.

This is the third batch of graduating CERT Volunteers who have been trained by the Regional Corporation in an effort to improve the response to disasters within the region.

According to the Disaster Management Coordinator, Jerry David, who resides in the Diego Martin Region, “We have not yet experienceda disaster in Diego Martin, what we have experienced are severe hazard impacts. We at the Diego Martin Regional Corporation are committed to staging these CERT programs through the Region to provide the communities with the training needed to properly manage a disaster till they can receive aid.”

Dr Anthony Chang Kit, Keon Williams and Rhea of the Public Health department were also among the volunteers who received the kits.

This approach to disaster preparedness is supported by the Regional Corporation’s Chairman, Alderman Anthony Sammy who is also the Chairperson for the Regional Corporation’s Committee for Disaster, the Environment and Security.

“We need the burgesses to be our first respondents. The topography of this region suggests that in the event of a disaster the local and national agencies may not always be able to conduct search and rescue operations on impact. By training CERT Volunteers we are empowering our communities.” said Chairman Anthony Sammy.

He further added that “Our CERT approach would be more faithful to the Region and will strengthen the values of the burgesses to be more responsible for both their environment and the infrastructure of the region.”

 

For Immediate Release

Date:3th May 2013

Local Government Transformation and Modernisation

in Diego Martin

 

Local Government Transformation and Modernisation public consultation was held in the Diego Martin Region on Thursday 2 May 2013.

The discussion took place at the Diego Martin Central Community Centre at 6p.m. This meeting was the twelfth in a series of public consultations to reform the local government system.

Issues raised by the public were the need for a better quality of service, healthier approaches to dealing with social issues, developing life skills within the region, empowerment, strategic thinking, legislation and policy making.

Regional Corporation Chairman Anthony Sammy said during the welcome address that “the reform is a positive way to improve the community” as he encouraged burgesses to give their thoughts on the proposed policies.

He noted that the regional corporation operation is directly influenced by the limited resources available to service the region and address the social issues impacting the burgesses.

This was further supported by the members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Council who were present at the discussion.

Attending the consultation from the Minsitry of Local Government was Permanent Secretary, Mr. Amroodeen Ali and Deputy Permanent Secretary Mr. Stephen Creese also seated at the head table was Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Marva Carter.

Arising from the discussion was a number of issues that stemmed from insufficient funding allocated to the Regional Corporation.

However the general consensus of the discussion developed around the need for Local Government to empower the Councillors and  to advocate for full time employment of members of council in order to improve the quality of service and deliverables extended by regional corporations.

Many were in favour of the power of recall and the implementation of a special ombudsman dedicated to dealing with issues arising out of Local Government. This evolved the discussion towards the need for better communication within the Local Government system, arming the Chief Executive Officers with the most current information, and a debate on the financial and administrative control policies.

The stimulating contributions which were moderated by former Senator Carol Cuffy-Dowlat wound to a close after 9p.m. with the Ministry of Local Government expressing their continued support to strengthening Local Government by developing internally, implementing monitoring and evaluation policies, provision of a planning officer to each regional corporation, filling the vacancies for Municipal Police and scholarships for COSTATT for public health workers.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:18th April 2013

Pioneer Drive Foot Bridge Opening Ceremony

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation is pleased to announce that the Pioneer Drive Foot Bridge is open. The official opening ceremony took place on Tuesday 16 April 2013.  The new bridge replaced the structure that was washed away during the August 2012 flooding and landslide disaster in the Diego Martin Region.

During the feature address the Minister of Works and Infrastructure, the Honourable Emmanuel George underscored the sentiments of MP Dr Amery Browne and Alderman Anthony Sammy that citizens have to be responsible for their environment and the infrastructure. He commented on the implications of the severe dry season and wanton burning of the hills which will result in flooding in our next rainy season.

As he thanked the community for their patience in allowing the necessary processes to be carried out, he expressed his Ministry’s joy in being able to construct the foot bridge, repair the roadway, repair   the guard rails and construct two retaining walls for the residents of Pioneer Drive and environs.

Also present at the ceremony was Director of Highways, Mr. Roger Ganesh who encouraged those present to resist dumping in the water channels and reminded everyone of their role in protecting the infrastructure and environment.

Member of Parliament, Dr Amery Browne in his address articulated a measure of joy as he commended the efforts made in replacing the bridge. He said, “We cannot move forward unless we repair what is damaged.” Dr  Brown further advised the residents to take genuine advantage of the opportunities that the new bridge brings both economically and socially.

Councillor for the District Phillip “Black Sage” Murray, who has been a long standing resident of the Petit Valley area in his opening remarks, also thanked the burgesses of his district for their patience.

Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Alderman Anthony Sammy while addressing those gathered express sincere gratitude, to the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure for their strong commitment to rehabilitating the Diego Martin Region, and for remaining steadfast in delivering on their commitment. He also expressed deep appreciation to all those who were involved in the project.

The Chairman who was also the Incident Commander during the August 11 2012 flooding and landslide disaster said, “This foot bridge is testimony to the rehabilitation progress our Region is still undergoing.”

In his closing remarks he too encouraged residents to take responsibility for the infrastructure, “ it is my Prayer today that the Pioneer Drive Bridge will further our endeavours as a community to making the Diego Martin Region the best place to live and bring harmony, stability and prosperity to all.”

The Honourable Minister Emmanuel George was accompanied by Member of Parliament Dr Amery Browne, Councillors Phillip Murray, Anne Letren and Lisa Maraj, Chairman Anthony Sammy, and Mr Roger Ganesh Director of Highways as he invited a resident of Pioneer Drive to officially cut the ribbon and open the foot bridge.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:28th March 2013

Refurbished Community Centre Reopens in Patna /

River Estate,  Diego Martin

 

Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Alderman Anthony Sammy welcomed the reopening of the Patna Community Centre on 25 March 2013. The official opening ceremony for the refurbished facility took place under the patronage of the Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters.

This facility which was first established in 1978 now provides the following amenities:

  • An  Air Conditioned Auditorium with seating capacity of 200
  • A Training Kitchen (for use in courses for culinary arts)
  • A Computer Room for computer literacy classes
  • A Classroom
  • A Gymnasium
  • A Dressing Room and
  • Wash Rooms

During the feature address Minister of Community Development, the Honourable Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters commended the residents for their continued support of community development within their district. He also encouraged the Patna / River Estate community to get involved and to make sure all groups are active and working well.

Alderman Sammy later mentioned that Councillor Lisa Maraj the Local Government Representative for Blue Basin / Bagattelle who was also in attendance was instrumental in having the work started on the centre.

Alderman Anthony Sammy when addressing the gathering noted “A centre like this should be used for the building of our community, the strengthening of our society and families. I want to encourage all of you here today to use this facility for the betterment of our region; promote community activities, encourage programs for the youths, and make this place a place where everyone can have a feeling of belonging.”

This facility will service a population of approximately 5000 persons of the Diego Martin Region and has been refurbished at a cost of One Million, Six Hundred and One Thousand, Thirty Five dollars and Ninety Eight cents.

For Immediate Release

Date:26th March 2013

 

Prize Distribution Ceremony

The Diego Martin Carnival Committee held their Annual Carnival Prize Distribution Ceremony for the Children’s Carnival Parade and Competition 2013 on 23 March 2012 at the Diego Martin Boy’s Roman Catholic School.

This year’s Children’s Carnival Parade and Competition marked the fifteenth year of celebrations held by the Diego Martin Carnival Committee.  Over fifteen prizes were distributed at the short gala event where Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Alderman Anthony Sammy was on hand to assist with the prize distribution.

During his address he congratulated the Committee for their assiduous endeavours in preserving the carnival culture within the region and thanked them for the valuable service they were rendering to the region.

Alderman Sammy concluded his address with these words, “I want to stress the need to keep groups and committees like yours active. The value of your contribution is immeasurable. A vibrant creative sector not only creates economic growth and empowers people; it is also the best guardian of our cultural diversity.”

The Diego Martin Carnival Committee is proud to be part of the effective transfer of culture from one generation to another. The annual Children’s Parade and Competition is one that they hope to continue hosting year after year.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:22nd March 2013

 

Tsunami/Earthquake Simulation Exercise

On Wednesday 20th March 2013, the Disaster Management Unit of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation conducted a tabletop exercise at The Guardian Life Building #1 Guardian Drive, Westmoorings. The purpose of the exercise which lasted three hours was to ascertain the regions coordinating, communication, response systems and capability should a tsunami occur.

Over 61 persons representing organizations of Government, Private Sector and NGO’s were present. Among those attending were members of Four Roads Fire Station, T&T Chamber of Industry & Commerce, St. Anthony’s College, Carenage Health Centre, Municipal Police, REACT and Chaguaramas Development Authority.

The simulation depicted an earthquake measuring 8.5 on the Richter scale off the coast of Oraniestad, Aruba, in the Caribbean Sea which generated a tsunami that impacted on the West Coast of Trinidad.

Some of the outcomes of the tabletop exercise are as follows:

  1. Recommendation for establishment of Directional Maps to be located at Movie Towne and West Mall showing Tsunami escape routes to higher safer ground. (All major business on the coastline should also have maps on their premises).
  2. The CDA to maintain the access routes to higher ground. (Clearing and paving the roadways).
  3. The establishment of early warning systems (Siren with specific Tsunami alert sound).
  4. Businesses on the Coastline should conduct Tsunami evacuation exercises once per year.
  5. Contour Markers indicating height above sea level on the hillside.
  6. Businesses to have as part of their inventory high energy biscuits and bottled water.
  7.  DMU Coordinator Mr.  Jerry David and The ODPM Regional Coordinator Mr. Eric Mackie to meet with businesses on the coastline to develop routes and SOP’s.
  8. The introduction of the CERT program to the staff of businesses in the area to enhance awareness and capability to recognize, respond and recover from disasters.

Disaster Management Coordinator, Mr. Jerry David explained the importance of proper planning and disaster preparedness among the stakeholders of the region during the exercise. He said, “Thought the region has never experienced a recorded tsunami, our country must be made aware of its possibility and build the capacity and capability to respond should this hazard impact on us.”

Chief Executive Office, Marva Carter thanked all present for attending and participating in this “eye opening” discussion. “We are responsible for taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our burgesses” she said as she emphasised the need for a proper warning system to evacuate families and persons within the region during a hazard impact.

These comments were supported by the Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Alderman Anthony Sammy. During the opening remarks he stated, “Our position as a coastal municipality means that disaster risk reduction must form part of our comprehensive disaster management policy framework.” He further went on to say, “We must strive to make our region a truly resilient society. Today’s exercise is the first step to help us understand the risk much better, in order to be able to manage them well.”

Chairman, Alderman Anthony Sammy who is also the Chairperson for the Regional Corporation’s Committee for Disaster Preparedness, Environment Management and Security explained that this exercise gave all present the opportunity to work together to make the Diego Martin Region the most disaster prepared place to live.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:13th March 2013

 

Ceremonial Handing Over of Skid Steer Loaders

The second instalment of the handing over of Skid Steer Loaders (bobcat) to Regional Corporations which the Ministry of Local Government is generously providing to the Disaster Management Units took place on Wednesday 13th March 2013 at the Trintrac compound in Chase Village.
Minister of Local Government, Dr The Honourable Surajrattan Rambachan and Deputy Permanent Secretary, Mr Stephen Creese officiated at the ceremony.The handover ceremony was attended by representatives of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, San Juan / Laventille Regional Corporation, Mayaro / Rio Claro Regional Corporation, Siparia Regional Corporation and Sangre Grande Regional Corporation the recipients of the loaders.

The Minsiter of Local Government as he delivered the feature address pledged his Ministry’s continued support for the promotion of disaster preparedness. This new instalment is another big step the Ministry has made towards disaster preparedness in the Diego Martin Region. The value of this donation is over $200,000. These machines will enable the clearing of water courses and the clearing of debris and rubble in areas where larger equipment cannot access.

What makes this machine significant is that it is an additional stepping stone, representing the Ministry’s continued support and coorporation to the improvement of disaster risk reduction. The overall objective is to ensure that each Regional Corporation is prepared as first respondents of disasters and are able to recover and rehabilitate their regions in the shortest possible time.

A total of 5 machines were distributed during the handover, DMRC Disaster Coordinator, Jerry David was on hand to receive the keys to the machine. Between November 2011and August 2012 the Diego Martin Region was plagued with natural disasters and is still recovering from its effect.

Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Alderman Anthony Sammy, who also attended the function, welcomed the newest instalment of equipment, “The Diego Martin Region is a particularly vulnerable region to landslides. I am pleased to know that efforts are being made on a national level to ensure that the area’s most affected by flooding and mudslides are being equipped with the necessary tools to manage recovery efforts.”

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:25th February 2013

 

DMRC-Chairman Alderman Anthony Sammy Attends Dragon Awards Ceremony

On Saturday 16th February 2013 the Diego Martin North Secondary School hosted their Annual Diego Dragon Awards at the Central Diego Martin Community Centre.

This year was the first time the school had participated in the senior championship leagues. The award ceremony honoured the 18 member football team’s recent success. The school placed second at the Secondary Schools Football League Coca Cola North Zone InterCol.

Among those in attendance were Parliamentary representatives Dr. Keith Rowley and Dr. Amery Brown. Thefeature address was delivered by Mr. Dion LaFoucade. Also speaking at the ceremony was the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Chairman, Alderman Anthony Sammy. He acknowledged some of the challenges school face while trying to create an enriching environment for their students to grow and develop.

“I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate each and every one of you who have contributed to the success of these young people.” he added. During his address he pledged the Corporation’s continued support to sports within the region.

Awards were presented to the Captain of the team, Christopher Bigette for being the Most Valuable Player and Player of the Year. Keston Fredrick, Aaron Joseph and Josh Toussaint also received Player of the Year awards. Josh Toussaint received the award for Most Goals Scored and Aaron Joseph received the Best Student Athlete award.

Chairman, Alderman Anthony Sammy commended Coach Shurland Heartly for his dedication to his students as he encouraged the students to let the drive and commitment they have developed for football inspire them to ensure excellence in all that they do.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:20th February 2013

DMRC-Carnival 2013

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation has assisted various community activities during the 2013 Carnival Season. The Regional Corporation deemed it more feasible to assist the various districts with their local activities than to host a grand one day activity. In so doing we were able to co-host Carnival Camps, Jouvert Bands, Carnival Competitions, Parading of Bands and a multitude of other activities during the 2013 Carnival Season.

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation was pleased to participate in the 7th Building Youth Development Company’s Carnival Calypso Competition in Cocorite. They donated the first, second and third prizes to towards the competition.

The Lashon Road Committee Annual Fantastic Friday Event symbolized for the Corporation its vision of working together to make the Diego Martin Region the best place to live. They were proud to co-host this successful event which brought friends and families together in the community, in a safe environment. Alderman Sammy commented, “It is our social responsibility to pledge and provide support for events that bring our community together. I am pleased that we at the Diego Martin Regional Corporation can support the Lashon Road Community’s Fantastic Friday Event.”

DMRC participated in the co hosting of the Richplain Road Christian Community camp for youths of the area for the carnival season going to Toco. Also Third Exodus Assembly Church in the hosting of a camp for youths on Monas Island, a Camp hosted by Elsa Blenman for children in Upper Union Road, Four Roads, Diego Martin and the Deliverance Temple in the hosting of a Carnival Camp. “The Regional Corporation recognized the operating of camps for children who do not actively participate in Carnival as an avenue to give these youths the opportunity to engage in adventures outside of the merriment. We pledged our support to these ventures as they have a positive impact.” said Chairman of the Regional Corporation, Alderman Sammy.

He also added, “Council’s decision to support as many ventures during this short season permitted us to participate in more events this year than we were previously able to. Promoting the national culture is a responsibility we take seriously. I am very pleased that Diego Martin Regional Corporation is able to support so many groups who make Carnival happen.”

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation was able this year to partner with Petit Valley Carnival Committee as they assisted with overhead expenses, the Hill View #1 Factory Road Carnival Celebrations, Clovis Trace Committee Carnival Committee  carnival activities at the Pascal Recreation Grounds, Paramin Development Committee of Trinidad and Tobago staging of their Annual Carnival Parade and Ole Mas Competition, Cocao Road Paramin Village first Carnival Show, Pressure XI Sports Club Carnival Celebrations at Fatima Junction, Carenage FST Committee Carnival Event which was held in Point Cumana, Friends of Genesis Children’s Bandand Dragon’s Keylemanjahro School of Arts and Culture’s launch of their Moco Jumbie Band in the adult section as well as the presentation for the Children’s Parade of the Bands on Carnival Sunday.

Usrah the family was assisted with the expenses of defending Secondary Schools Junior Soca Monarch, Ishmael Issac.

MUD Players 2013 Presentation – “MUD THRU D YEARS Section 43”, Paramin Enhancement Committee Annual Jouvert, Hot Fire Promotions Carnival Band, Jouvert Band Celebrations in Paramin, CocoriteSixers Basketball Team hosting of Jouvert, Cocorite Young Giant’s jump up, Cocorite Youth Facility children’s Carnival Party and Morne Roche Community Zone, Children’s Carnival Jump Up were also among the events the Regional Corporation actively participated in.

As the 2013 Carnival Season wound to a close the Regional Corporation was very pleased that they were able to partner with the Boissiere Village Children’s Band who have been providing costumes at affordable rates and sponsoring free costumes to the children of the Paramin Roman Catholic School and the Boissiere Roman Catholic School since 1996. “It is important to have inclusion. I believe that the work this group is doing toward promoting culture and participation among the primary school students of this community deserves a heartfelt thank you and all the support we at the Regional Corporation can provide.” remarked Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Alderman Anthony Sammy.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:19th February 2013

DMRC-Corporation Vaccination of MARLIN Swim Team

Diego Martin – Diego Martin Regional Corporation- February 2013 – A vaccination campaign is under way at the Diego Martin Regional Corporation to update the immunization of their employees. Vaccination against diphtheria and tetanus, Hepatitis B, and Seasonal Influenza were administered to employees at the Administrative Building by members of the Office of the County Medical Officer of Health, St Georges West. Among those being vaccinated were members of the Marlin Swim Team who will be competing at the South Florida International Tournament 2013 in Miami later this month.

This exercise was carried out in a one day campaign on the 6th February 2013 at the Corporation’s Administrative Building, 17-18 Diego Martin Main Road. “We at the Public Health Department are responsible for protecting workers from the current epidemic of influenza in New York where over 300 people have died and over 30 000 persons are being hospitalized.” said Dr Anthony Chang Kit.

The Public Health Department of the Regional Corporation is responsible for preventing people from being exposed to contagious diseases.

“This campaign gives us a good opportunity to improve the health and development of our employees” says Chief Executive Officer Marva Carter.

Since his appointment in 2010 Alderman Anthony Sammy, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation has expressed the need to have activities that promote healthcare among the employees and burgesses of the region.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:6th February 2013

 

DMRC-Corporation Brings Renal Failure Awareness to Burgesses of the Region

Diego Martin – Diego Martin Regional Corporation is helping bring awareness to Renal Failure and doing their part to raise funds for Dialysis patient Michael Mc Intosh in a unique All in One Fundraiser.

This one day event takes place on 8 February 2012 starting at 8 a.m. at the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Compound, #2-3 Orchid Drive, Petit Valley. The event includes Breakfast, Bar B Que and an Ole Mas Competition. Fundraisers include a number of employees donating a generous portion of their time to this charity.

The Public Health Department, of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation is temporarily putting business on hold to participate in this event designed to bring awareness of Renal Failure to hundreds all across the region and the nation. In March 2012, it was reported that six hundred and ninety-nine patients were accessing dialysis treatment at local public and private health facilities within Trinidad and Tobago.

Chairman Alderman Anthony Sammy said: “We need to raise awareness and continue the discussions on organ donations. While it is not a pleasant conversation it can save lives.”

“This cause deserves priority and we at the Diego Martin Regional Corporation hope that our efforts can make a difference.”

Despite the growing awareness of the risk factors contributing to Renal Failure, there are still may people who do not practice proper diets, exercise and control their diabetes and hypertension.

More information can be obtained from the DMRC Public Health Department at 632-0713 or 637-8072.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:29th January 2013

Fire Safety Extinguishers and Evacuation Procedure

Identifying Hazards

January 21, 2013– The Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service(TTFS) and the Diego Martin Regional Corporation presented a short one-day seminar focused on addressing Fire Safety, Extinguishers and Evacuation Procedures. Acting Ramp Fire Sub Officer O Antoine called all present to improved fire protection strategies. The seminar was held at the Administrative Building # 17-18 Diego Martin Main Road.

“Many of today’s products including aerosols, copy machine toner and ink pose storage challenges in commercial spaces around the world,” said Ramp Fire Sub Officer O Antoine as he explained the potential hazards associated with improperly arranged store rooms.

Chief Executive Officer Marva Carter said “Our aim is to have this information presented to all our employees. We hope that participants at this seminar will explore the risks presented and develop an attitude to identify fire hazards because they understand the potential dangers and they will help to eliminate them.”

The prpgram featured presentations of videos that provided a perspective on the many fire hazards and emergency responses. Employees were given a demonstration on how to properly use fire extinguishers and advised on how to operate in an emergency. In addition, Ramp Fire sub Officer O Antoine highlighted home safety.

During the short seminar, DMRC was advised on the current fire statistics, given an overview of fire safety using extinguishers and how fire hazards affect employees and the Corporation. The Ramp Fire Sub Officer was also able to suggest a route to comply during an emergency.

“This was a great opportunity for our Corporation to really understand what is required of us in an emergency, from an experienced fire officer.” said CEO Marva Carter.

Fire Drills exercises will be conducted after two more ses­sions are piloted at the Transport Technical Unit and Orchid Drive Office respectively.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date: 18th January 2013

Councillor Nadine Romany Announces Get Fit Fast Programme for Carnival 2013

DMRC, Maraval (January 18, 2013) – The Trinidad and Tobago Sport Company has funded a campaign to encourage residents in Maraval to get up and get moving for Carnival 2013.

Get Fit Fast Program was launched on Monday 14th January 2013 by Councillor Nadine Romany who invited burgesses of her district to participate in the activities at the Maraval Recreation Grounds.

Councillor Romany said “we need to develop more strategies to engage the population and reduce the risks of lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.”

Leading up to Carnival 2013 she has organised a series of activities that she hopes the public at large will join in.”

“I am very mindful of the need to get people active because physical activity is one of the required elements to combat these non-communicable diseases,” she added

Over the next four weeks Monday to Friday 6 p.m. to 7p.m. Che’ Alfred will lead participants through highly motivational and fat burning exercise routines. These free aerobic classes will end on Friday 8th February 2013 just in time for Carnival.

Councillor Nadine Romany hopes the get fit fast campaign encourage residents through the region to join the fitness activity.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:17th January 2013

DMRC Welcomes New CEO

Diego MartinDMRC, one of the nine Regional Corporations of Trinidad and Tobago established under the Municipal Corporations Act, today January 14th 2013, welcomes Ms Marva Carter, a seasoned Chief Executive. Ms Carter replaces the former CEO Ms Agnes Winchester.

Marva Carter has previously held the position of CEO at the Diego Martin Regional Corporation. She brings to the corporation a track record in leadership, innovation and a detailed understanding of Regional Corporations and an extensive network of contacts.

Commenting on the appointment, Alderman Anthony Sammy, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation said:

“Ms Carter has worked with the Diego Martin Regional Corporation in the past. She has an in depth understanding of the Diego Martin Region and the Corporation and has been instrumental in its growth. I am very pleased that she has accepted the role of CEO at DMRC.”

Marva Carter to Serve as DMRC CEO

Says Ms Carter about her new position, “I’m excited to return to Diego Martin —a dynamic, growing Corporation.”

Most recently, before assuming her post at the DMRC Ms Carter served as CEO to the Tunapuna / Piarco Regional Corporation. There, she transformed and successfully lead the administration, developed relationships with leading businesses within the region and helped to grow shareholder value.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:13th December 2012

Interfaith Service, Award Ceremony and Christmas Dinner

 

The Chairman, Councillors, CEO, members of the Administration, religious leaders, Minister Roger Samuel (representing the Prime Minister) and specially invited guests all gathered at Lions Cultural Centre on Fitzblackman Drive  to celebrate with the Diego Martin Regional Corporation during an Interfaith Service, Award Ceremony and Christmas Dinner event on Monday 10th December 2012. The inter faith service was officiated by Father John Rohim.

Invited to participate were members of the Muslim, Oresha, Anglican, and Spiritual Baptist faith who came together to worship. This interfaith Thanksgiving was hosted by the Diego Martin Regional Corporation in commeration of the nation’s 50th Independence Anniversary and the Corporation’s 20th Anniversary.

The thanksgiving service started at 3 p.m. The readings were followed by the Homily which was delivered by Reverend Canon John Rohim. Then each interfaith leader offered a prayer of thanksgiving. Alderman Anthony Sammy, Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation gave the feature address. Alderman Sammy spoke on the importance of charity. He then pointed out the importance of patience and thanked the Religious Leaders for attending the interfaith Thanksgiving celebration.

The interfaith service was followed by a regional icon award ceremony. The Diego Martin Regional Corporation recognised 30 regional icons for their contributions to the community in the fields of community service, preforming arts, music, sports and social development. Among those being honoured were Angus Eve, Dr Hollis Liverpool, Samuel Abraham, Donric Williamson, Sydney Knox and Winsford De Vines.

The guest speaker this year was Minister Roger Samuel from the office of the Prime Minister.

The evening continued with a superb Christmas dinner, followed by entertainment provided by Dexter Theophille and the legendary Marcia Miranda.

Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Alderman Anthony Sammy presented the Chairman’s Award 2012 to the Fellowship Company who delighted the audience with their message of love and Christmas cheer with their puppets. The young puppet masters were promised his continued support as he encouraged them to engage more students in their endeavour, not only in the Diego Martin Region but to other municipalities.

As he delivered his feature address he reminded the members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation of his vision of “making the Diego Martin Region the best place to live” and the significance of celebrating these milestones/anniversaries.

Some of the main points highlighted were the need for:

  • A 24 hour Disaster Management Service
  • A 24 hour Municipal Police Service
  • A Vertical Market at the Turnstile
  • The start of construction of the Administrative Complex
  • Water Management in various communities
  • Twining with Chacao in Venezuela and also Montpellier in France

 

He emphasised, “There is still a lot of work to be done. The entire spectrum of development is hinged on you, the people of Diego Martin. We at the DMRC need you to start viewing our separate efforts as a portfolio of developmental change for the region. Communities need to work together towards development. As a region we need to take responsibility and focus more on fostering growth within the Diego Martin Region.”

He further went on to thank the Council and staff of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation for their support and dedication over the past two years. In conclusion he quoted Martin Luther King Junior reminding the gathering, “Either we work together as brothers and sisters or perish together as fools.”

This year’s Christmas dinner was all about giving back.
For Immediate Release

Date:11th December 2012

MILITARY PARADE, CULTURAL SHOW AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY

This weekend, the Diego Regional Corporation hosted a Military Parade and Cultural Show and Fireworks on Sunday 9TH December 2012.

The 50th Independence Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of THE Diego Martin Regional Corporation were cancelled in August due to the flooding and landslide disaster. While the other sister corporations celebrated their anniversaries and the nation’s independence the Diego Martin Region was engaged in recovery and restoration activities.

Members of the Cadet Force, Fire Service, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and Pathfinders came out  in their numbers to parade along the route. The parade began at 10: 30a.m. at Gopaul Avenue and ended on Wendy Fitzwilliam Boulevard. Also on display were vehicles of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation.

Burgesses of the Diego Martin Region were then treated to the unique charm and flair of the Region’s talent. The Central Diego Martin Community Centre was the stage for the cultural show.

During the welcome address Chairman Alderman Anthony Sammy noted it was his Council’s privilege to be part of this effort to promote culture. He also reminded those present, “As we commence our journey towards the next 50 years of Independence and 20 years as a Regional Corporation we must consider the implications of development and globalization. The trend towards a global village has already been established and this trend is irreversible. We have the power to change the world for the better and the responsibility to preserve the culture of our nation’s diversity for the generations ahead.”

The audience was treated to Indian cultural dances by the Vikash School of Dance, Calypsonians – Luta, Brigo, Funny, Kenny J, steelpan melodies by Ice Water and many other artists.

Children were entertained with the ever popular bouncy castle, face painting and cartoon character. Santa Clause made a special appearance during the event. Special thanks were given to Holiday Foods Limited who donated snacks for the children present.

Though the evening was about the music, the audience was thrilled with a fireworks show that many acclaimed to be the best they had ever seen. The night sky exploded with the sparkle of bright lights as the curtains closed on the evening’s entertainment.

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:4th December 2012

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation Annual tree Lighting Ceremony took place on Sunday 2nd December 2012. Entertainment began at 6 pm and the tree lighting took place at 6:30pm. The Friendship Company puppeteers were there to entertain the Diego Martin burgesses after the tree was lit. Entertainment was also provided by Los Numeros Parang Group.

Alderman Anthony Sammy was pleased to announce that the “Big Tree Lighting” event was a successful start to the season.

According to him, “Christmas should be a time to get together with our family and friends; and reflect on the year gone by and celebrate the New Year. For us as believers Christmas has a deeper more transformative meaning. We must never leave Christ out of Christmas.”

Also in attendance were Chief Executive Officer Ms Agnes Winchester, Councillor Lisa Maraj and Councillor Nadine Romany.

The children of the Fellowship Company did a wonderful job entertaining and sharing the message of love and everyone had a wonderful time.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date:15th November 2012

DMRC CELEBRATES DIVALI

Legend has it that the people of Ayodhya welcomed Lord Rama by lighting rows (avail) of lamps (dipa), which is where the festival got its name, deepavali. Following the age old tradition, the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Administration hosted a Divali celebration on Thursday, November 8, to honor the traditional Hindu holiday, also known as the “Festival of Lights,” which was celebrated on 13th November 2012.

At DMRC’s Diwali celebration, deyas were lit, laughs were shared and delicious Indian food was served as employees gathered to honor the festival that signifies the victory of good over evil. The Orchid Drive Office car park area was brightly lit as members of staff and the community enjoyed melodious bhajans performed by Andaz the Band and tassa items.

In addition to the Divali Festival of Lights celebration, DMRC’s Council hosted several events throughout the region. Events held in 2012 include the lighting up of Councillor Katty Christopher’s Coveign Office yard, followed by indian cultural dances.

Going a step further this year, Councilor Enroy Slater also held a bamboo bursting competition at the Caranage Recreation Grounds during his celebrations.

True to tradition, this festival which is celebrated to dispel darkness, and light up people’s lives was celebrated with diversity as each member of council celebrated in their own way. Councillor Phillip Murray reminded the community of the importance of cultural diversity as he incorporated parang into the festivities this year.

The Bossiere # 1 district marked Divali with worship to Goddess Lakshmi as Councillor for the District Susan Rodriguez preformed puja at her office on Kavare Street followed by the traditional lighting of deyas and festivities with the community.

More than 150 participants of the Bagatelle Blue Basin community celebrated Divali along with Councillor Lisa Maraj. The festivities featured Indian classical music and Bollywood dances as the burgesses were treated to traditional Indian sweetmeats.

Councillor Nadine Romany along with members of her district gathered at 6pm for the lighting of the traditional deya at the Pascal Recreation which was outfitted with elaborate bamboo arches and clay deyas.

Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Anthony Sammy was present at all ceremonies. His message to the municipality was one of reflection and recommitment. He encouraged the burgesses of the region to hold to the vision of making the Diego Martin Region the best place to live.

As he delivered the feature addresses at these celebrations, he emphasized the need to work for peace by rejecting violence not just as a region but as a nation.

Council celebrated along with the Hindu community throughout the various districts wishing their burgesses a happy Divali as the Diego Martin community celebrated Divali with great piety and eagerness 2012.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:24th October 2012

Regional Mural Project In Diego Martin

On Saturday 20th October residents of the Diego Martin Region came out in their numbers to support the joint efforts of the Ministry of Planning and the DMRC to participate in the Regional Mural Project.

This initiative is part of the 50th Independence Celebrations. Artists and budding members of the public were out along the Diego Martin Highway painting their patriotic messages. This effort was supported by the DMRC as members of staff also joined in the activity.

The activity began at 10 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m. Many young people came out in their numbers to support the effort and participate in this community building action.  The Diego Martin Regional Corporation was pleased with the success of the project.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:9th October 2012

Councillor  Lisa Maraj Celebrates with the Burgesses  at Turnstlile

Diego Martin Regional Corporation Councillor Lisa Maraj honoured several members of the Blue Basin / Bagatelle area who have made significant contributions to the continued growth and development of the community.

Minister of Works and Infrastructure, the Honorable Emmanuel George spent part of his Sunday evening delivering the feature address at this 50th Independence Celebrations ceremony held at the Turnstile on October 7th, 2012.

This event should have taken place in August but had to be rescheduled due to the devastating floods and landslides experienced in the Region on 11th August  2012. Hosted by Councillor Lisa Maraj, the programme featured music, a powerful and entertaining feature by Alderman Anthony Sammy, Extempo by Black Sage, a short but meaningful award ceremony and the guest appearance of Sesame Street’s Elmo.

During his address, Minister George stated that Councillor Maraj must be commended for her efforts within the community. He called for all attending to take note of the many projects and the work that the Diego Martin Regional Corporation continues to do in the region.

Following the feature, various persons in the community were honored for their work and contributions. Among them, Basook Mahadeo, Samuel Abraham, Councillor Phillip Murray, Paul Keens-Douglas, Winsford Devine, Donric Williamson and Pastor Clive Dotton.

Alderman Anthony Sammy thanked Councillor Maraj for recognizing the hard work of all the persons honored and said he was proud of the work the Councillors and Administration of the DMRC were doing to deliver service. He encouraged the burgesses present to have faith in their representatives and to remember that patience was also needed as the DMRC continues to work within its means.

Councillor Maraj in closing thanked the Master of Ceremonies Mr. Don Sylvester, as he was very entertaining, and also thanked the honouraries for taking time out on a Sunday afternoon to be part of her 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations.

Refreshments and entertainment by the Black 4 Drummers brought an end to this event and to the Independence Celebrations at the Turnstile.

 

For Immediate Release

Date: October 10, 2012

 CEPEP Employees, Company give time, money to help to Diego Martin victims

 Diego MartinCEPEP, a leading provider of landscaping and beautification and proponent of Environmental Maintenance gave back to the Diego Martin community with a donation of hampers to the Diego Martin Regional Corporation.

Chairman Anthony Sammy of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation was on hand to receive the hampers from Chairman of the CEPEP Company Limited, Mr. Adesh Deonarine.

The donation will be used to assist flood affected victims.

Chairman of the CEPEP Company Limited, Mr. Adesh Deonarine said, “By partnering with DMRC we are able to make a positive difference for those who have suffered through this disaster.”

At the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Chairman Anthony Sammy said on receipt of the items which included cleaning supplies, linen and can foods “The support we have received from the CEPEP is greatly appreciated.”

Employees of CEPEP were among the first respondents on 11th August. They worked round the clock jointly with DMRC and other agencies on the field. Ms Ann Jones and Mr Julien invested their energies in organizing and dispatching crews to the various sites to assist with the cleanup efforts. There were 260 CEPEP workers assisting during the disaster.

Now they have stepped forward to assist victims in Diego Martin with the donation of hampers. After personally interacting with the residents they have identified the need to deliver a broader message of support. In the aftermath of the disaster they felt the need to increase humanitarian support.

“In the weeks since the adversity, CEPEP workers have been on the ground assisting with the cleanup activities. These hampers have the capacity to make a further impact to those who are still in need of relief” said Chairman of the CEPEP Company Limited, Mr Adesh Deonarine.

DMRC is continuing with efforts to restore the region and CEPEP continues to play an integral part in the restoration and recovery process.

Chairman Sammy added “I can’t help admiring the resilience of the burgesses of Diego Martin; Their attitude is very encouraging and is a source of strength for our local community.”

 

For Immediate Release

Date: October 3, 2012

Diego Martin Regional Corporation – Very Successful 

As Hundreds attend family day held by TTALGA

Sunday 30th September, 2012 TTALGA hosted its first Inter Corporation Sports, Fun, and Family Day. Municipal Corporations came together to jointly celebrate by hosting a fun filled Family Day at the Ato Boldon-Stadiun in Balmain Couva. Hundreds of families joined the fun by either attending the planned events or by hosting their own event with their family to celebrate diversity with the Municipal Corporations.

Speaking at the Fun Day, Chairman Sammy said: “TTALGA is delighted to be hosting this event.  It’s great to have so many families in the one place enjoying the day. Families are important to TTALGA and that’s why we plan to have this event annually. I would like to congratulate everyone on all their hard work in making today a huge success, especially Chairman Dave Persad for all his hard work.”

Activities included football matches, cricket matches, all fours competition, fun sports for all the children, bouncy castle and live entertainment. Dozens of participants entered the races and competitions. Each participant was awarded a medal of participation.

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s team won the 6 a side football competition and placed second in the all fours competition. The cricket team also represented the Diego Martin Region proudly during the limited overs matches.

Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation worked tirelessly with great enthusiasm as he managed the events. Councillor Phillip Murray represented DMRC when he entertained the Ato Boldon Stadium with his extempo.

Orlando Nagessar, Chairman of TTALGA said: “We are passionate about Family Day because it is often difficult for families to spend quality time together.  Events like today benefit families and communities. This is why TTALGA will be making this an annual event.”

Family and friends of the Municipal Corporations were encouraged to participate and seize the opportunity to meet the members of their sister Corporations.

 

For Immediate Release

Date: September 26, 2012

From Independence to Republic

The Maraval community celebrated the 50th Independence Anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago at the Morne Coco Community Centre in Maraval with enthuse and gaiety on Sunday 23rd September 2012. The community turned up in large numbers and over 200 people took time out on the rainy Saturday evening to participate in the festivities organized by Councillor for the area, Nadine Romany.

The celebration consisted of steel pan, parang, face painting and a bouncy castle for the children of the area. On the wall of the community centre there was a display that highlighted the nation’s journey over the past fifty years with a collage of images and articles in an effort to raise awareness of the diversity of the nation. Children and members of the community showed great interest in this initiative.

While speaking on the occasion Councillor Romany conveyed Republic Day greetings and encouraged her burgesses to participate in nation building activities and to continue being examples for the youths.

The guests enjoyed refreshments served at the celebrations.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date: September 17, 2012

 DMRC aids Chagville Beach Clean Up

On Saturday 15th September the Diego Martin community joined hands with other organizations in a Coastal Clean-Up Day.

The event was organized by SWMCOL and jointly managed by Coca-Cola Bottling Company. It began at 6.30 a.m. along the Chagville Beach, Chaguaramas as part of International Coastal Clean –Up Day.

Roughly around 200 persons participated in this initiative. Equipment was utilized from the Diego Martin Regional Corporation in removing the bagged general waste and debris along the coastline.

Present for the clean-up was Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, Anthony Sammy, who said, “It is inspiring to feel the energy and see the enthusiasm of the youths on this drive. There were young people from as far as Siparia taking part in the clean-up exercise” He further went on to state, “People need to properly dispose of garbage in the bins provided along the coastline. If we can change the way people dispose of their garbage along our coastline we can improve the natural environment and defend the coastline from pollution.”

Corporation employees joined dozens of young people along the coastline to assist with the cleanup.

Councillor for the area Enroy Slater was glad to see members of his community out in support of the exercise.

The marine debris collected were separated and bagged by the volunteers. The debris data collected and recorded are for inclusion in the ICC’s annual report.

 

For Immediate Release

Date: September 5, 2012

 Foreign Agencies Assists the Diego Martin Regional Corporation

Twenty six service men and women from RFA ARGUS, aided with clean up efforts in the Diego Martin region on Saturday 1st September 2012.

The troops were in Trinidad to join the Jubilee Celebrations on the occasion of the 50th Independence Anniversary. They arrived with members of the Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief, which serves on the RFA ARGUS and consists of Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos.

The relief effort included the removal of 3 landslides in La Puerta on Cumberbatch Street and Snake Lane. The team led by Cdr Anthony Crabb also cleared two drainage channels and dug out a new drainage ditch to facilitate further down pours.

The Royal Navy soldiers explained that humanitarian aid is an important service provided by the Royal Navy.

Although the Emergency Operation Centre has been closed relief efforts are continuing around the region.

The ship arrived on the 29th August and will also be supporting counter narcotic operations within the Caribbean.

In a related visit earlier in the week Incident Commander Anthony Sammy, County Superintendant Lutchman Maraj and Road Officer Keith LeBlanc of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation, along with USAID took a firsthand look at the landslide and flooding of the region.

On Tuesday 28th August the USAID team was in Diego Martin to discuss the disaster response, massive relief efforts and to observe the magnitude of the disaster.

During the visit the convoy visited for example La Estancia which was affected by mud slides, blocked drains, flooded homes and flooded streets. Representatives were taken to the trigger points of landslips as they braved the weather on Pioneer Drive. USAID was briefed on the processes involved in the relief activities within the region.

Chairman Sammy when asked what they can assist with at this stage, responded by requesting Satellite Radios and emergency solutions to mitigate the continuous sliding of several areas of the hills.

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation Chairman Sammy Says, “We are hoping to mitigate the reoccurrence of these incidents.”

 

 

For Immediate Release

 Date August 28, 2012

Diamond Vale Celebrates its Diamond Jubilee

On Sunday 5th August 2012 the Diamond Vale Youth Committee celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Diamond Vale Community. The celebrations took place at the Wendy Fitzwilliam Park on Amethyst Avenue.

Last Sunday, the Diamond Vale Youth Committee hosted a function to commemorate the community’s 50th anniversary. This community started in the early 1960 when a Puerto Rican firm Homes International started the construction of two and three bedroom homes including the roofs made of concrete in the then Diamond estate.

Member of Parliament for the area, Dr Amery Brown joined Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Anthony Sammy and Councillor Gail La Touche for this occasion.

Chairman of the Diamond Vale Youth Committee, Tisha Brown expressed thanks to all those who attended and pledged to continue initiating and supporting projects geared towards improving the Diamond Vale Community.

The Committee paid tribute to Mrs Ivy Rose who was a resident since 1962. Also honoured was the Desouza family and Phyllis Mitchell who was instrumental in the development of the community as she dedicated herself to getting young children of the area into schools.

Many other residents joined in the celebrations. Hampers were distributed to the honouraries at the end of the celebrations.

Today the Diamond Vale community is a suburban housing development with paved roads and a growing population. This once plantation society has undergone several changes over the past 50 years.

 As the community marked this historic event Chairman Anthony Sammy said he hoped that the community continues to celebrate and enjoy the support of the families, friends and neighbours around them.

 

For Immediate Release

Date:August 24, 2012

Diego Martin Begins to Return to Normal

In an effort to provide local athletes with more social interaction and physical activity, the Diego Martin Regional Corporation has partnered with Lezama Electrical Services Limited to host an Under 21, five a side football competition.

According to Chairman Sammy, “this league is an attempt to encourage the youths to get involved in more physical activities and support the social interaction with children in the community”. The league kicked off on Saturday 18th August 2012 at 2pm.

“The idea came to us a few weeks ago,” he said. “The Corporation really wants to start something new in the Petit Valley region for youths. The Regional Corporation has a special interest in developing the young talents of this region. There is no reason why this progress should not be a fun venture.”

Lezama Electrical Services Limited have made donations to get the league up and running. The nine team competition is set for youths under 21 years of age. The inaugural game kicked off on Saturday at the Pioneer Drive Recreation Ground.

Guests at the launch were welcomed to the opening by Councillor for the area, Mr. Phillip Murray. Mr. Otis Lezama of Lezama Electrical Services also addressed the gathering saying “We are proud to be able to provide sponsorship for this league and we hope everyone has a good time”.

Chairman Sammy during the feature address encouraged the athletes to ­have a vision and mission as a team. He said, “This is the only path to success. Take what you learn on the field and transfer it to your daily lives.”

The enthusiastic crowd gave a rousing reception on Saturday as Cocorite Young Giants played Maraval FC. The vision of the Corporation is to create a long standing relationship with Lezama Electrical to continue bringing the sport of soccer to the players and fans of the Petit Valley Region by giving them the opportunities to win trophies and score goals.

With the football league in full swing for some people the focus is shifting from the continuous cleaning and clearing of debris and silt to the illumination of better things to come.

 

For Immediate Release

 Date:10 August 2012

Kambule Celebrations in Diego Martin

Block four drummers staged their annual Kambule Flambeau Street Festival on July 28th 2012. The reenactment was led by Chief Priest Oloye Orawale Oranfe in commemoration of the bitter and dehumanizing struggle that African ancestors endured. As many people in the Diego Martin region celebrated Emancipation 2012 the Block Four Drummers along with the Civil Society headed by Hazel Brown have commemorated the day for the past 7 years with this procession.

The procession began from 6pm at Coveigne Road along the Diego Martin Main Road and ended at the Water Wheel where a libation ceremony was performed.

A number of persons participated in the procession. In attendance were several members of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Council. Chairman Anthony Sammy and Councillors Lisa Maraj, Katty Christopher, Phillip Murray and Enroy Slater participated in the Flambeau procession.

The Chief Priest Oloye Orawale Oranfe, got the walk started by welcoming all attending and gave a thorough introduction to the historical heritage along the main route.

The night’s programme featured the ceremonial rituals, Block Four Drummers and culminated in a tribute that embodied the African heritage of the region.

This year’s theme was, “Forever forward: Reflections, Resistance, Renewal”

Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation Anthony Sammy expressed sentiments on how successful the Kambule Ceremony 2012 was as he pledged more support for the upcoming celebrations. He also added “A significant number of youths are here today sharing this experience. It is crucial to educate the younger generations if we wish to have an emancipated society.”

 

For Immediate Release

 Date: August 7,2012

Repaving of Columbus Circular Road, Westmoorings

Columbus Circular Road from Marine Drive to the traffic lights on the Western Main Road has been resurfaced by Jusamco Pavers under the Ministry of Works as requested by the Diego Martin Regional Corporation. The overlay work began on the 19th of July and was completed on the 20th of July. This project lasted approximately two days. Cross traffic and driveways were impacted for a short period as the operation passed these accesses.

Councillor for the area Wazim Daniel stated that “Columbus Circular Road has not been repaired in over twenty years; this is why instead of doing pothole patching it was necessary to do paving work”.

The business community and residents are pleased to have this severely deteriorated road repaired as we are now in the rainy season and water seepage creates potholes.

Chairman Anthony Sammy maintains that the Diego Martin Regional Corporation is dedicated to implementing measures to ensure that burgesses of the Diego Martin Region are continually provided with regular maintenance to road surfaces to prevent further damages.

 

For Immediate Release

 Date: July 16, 2012

Community Emergency Response Team 2nd Graduation

Ceremony

The Diego Martin Regional Corporation Disaster Management Unit Conducted its 2nd CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Graduation Ceremony at the Central Diego Martin Community Centre on Saturday 23rd June, 2012.

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) according to Programme Coordinator, Mr. Jerry David is a volunteer Programme that trains residents to be able to Recognize, Respond and Recover from severe hazard impacts and major disasters.

Thirty-five (35) volunteers were taught Disaster Medical Operations, the Light, Search and Rescue, Fire Suppression and the Psychology of Disaster amongst other things.

The program was conducted by TTVERT’S John Sylvester in collaboration with the ministry of Local Government. The feature speaker at the graduation ceremony , Alderman Anthony Sammy – Chairman, Diego Martin Regional Corporation said that this training was part of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation’s efforts to build the capacity of burgesses, empowering them to be resilient when faced with disasters in their communities.

All together some one hundred and twenty- six (126) persons have been trained in the past eight months, eighty (80) as CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Volunteers and forty – six (46) as Shelter Managers.

The goal of this program is to make the “Diego Martin Region the Most Disaster Prepared Place in which to Live.”