We Gather Strength As We Go Along

About Us

The Port of Spain Corporation is one of fourteen Municipal Corporations legislated by the Municipal Corporations Act 21 of 1990 to provide a range of services and infrastructure which relate directly to the environmental health and safety of their respective spatial areas. In the case of the Port of Spain Corporation, its responsibility lies within the City of Port of Spain. The City’s boundaries spans from the sea in the south to the foothills of the Northern Range; in the west from the Cocorite Walkover, along Fort George Road into Long Circular Road, to a point just below the Trinidad Hilton. In the east, the boundaries encompass Sea Lots, East Dry River, Belmont and Gonzales. The Corporation has been receiving increased requests from burgesses for more improved and/or better quality services. The response however, because of inadequate funding has been that of piecemeal development or infrastructural works, a less than satisfactory delivery of services or the tendency to be focused on the areas with high visibility, as such the satisfaction of the citizenry has not been realized, especially those burgesses in the poor communities. The Trinidad and Tobago Government envisions in the year 2020, a citizenry who enjoys a quality of life that is consistent with that of a developed country. Against this background, the Port of Spain Corporation based on the policy directives of the line Ministry, the Ministry of Local Government has been engaged in initiatives to deliver on this goal.

Organisational Structure

The establishment of the Corporation includes both monthly paid and daily rated personnel. The total number of persons on the establishment is 1778 comprising 385 monthly paid officers and 1393 daily rated employees. See Appendix 1 for a diagram of the organisational structure, which is reflective only of the monthly paid positions. Of this number there are 103 supervisory positions on the monthly paid establishment and 203 on the daily rated. There is need for different capacities on the workforce. This is critical for delivering quality services to burgesses and other stakeholders. These are identified in the Corporation’s Strategic Plan 2004 – 2008, and are as follows:

  • Real Estate Management
  • Communications Specialist
  • Planning Officers

Role

The Port of Spain Corporation, as the Municipal Authority of the City of Port of Spain, legislated under the Municipal Corporations (MCA) Act 21 of 1990, is charged with the role of provider of local services geared towards improving the quality of life of burgesses of the city and the thousands of transient population and visitors coming to the city on a daily basis.

Responsibility

Section 232, Part XII of the Act, identifies fifteen Miscellaneous Functions exercisable by the Port of Spain Corporation and all fourteen Municipal Corporations, including those already vested under the Act:-

  • Infrastructure development in accordance with plans approved by the Minister with responsibility for physical planning
  • Construction and maintenance, of streets, drains and watercourses, except for main streets and highways, main watercourses and highway watercourses
  • Public health and sanitation
  • Enforcement of the laws of Trinidad and Tobago and the bye laws of the city
  • Provision, maintenance and control of parks, recreation grounds, and other public spaces
  • Disposal of garbage from public and private property, chemical treatment for insect and vector control, abatement of public nuisances and dissemination of primary health care
  • Enforcement of the Litter Act
  • Cleaning of Cesspits
  • Maintenance and control of markets
  • Maintenance and control of burial grounds and crematorium
  • Maintenance, control and enhancement of the physical environment including monitoring water courses
  • Provision, maintenance and control of Corporation’s buildings
  • Distribution of truck borne water subject to the provisions of the Water and Sewerage Act
  • Street washing
  • Collaborating with the Ministry of Health in dealing with mentally ill homeless persons on the streets

Appendix 1

Composition of Departments with current staffing: City Administration – Administration Section, Human Resources Department, Audit Department, Information Technology Unit, Printery, Main Vault City Engineer’s Department – Administration, Stores Department, Technical Divisions, Buildings Section, Markets, Cemeteries, Transport and Cleansing Department, the Crematorium Public Health Department – Public Health Inspectorate, Public Health Education, Public Health Visitors Unit, Insect Vector Control Unit *** The City Assessor’s Department has been disbanded and six of the members of staff have been re-assigned to other departments

Status on Current Activities

In the Port of Corporation, activities were undertaken by nine departments. These activities are organised under five strategic focus areas. These areas were arrived at through the strategic planning process which included an internal and external analysis of the organisation and gave rise to the said areas which would attempt to bridge the gap between the current situation and the targeted expectations. The strategic focus areas are as follows:

  • organizational development
  • imaging/branding/public relations
  • participatory governance
  • systems review
  • heightened organizational assertiveness

Organisational Development

The Human Resource Department was the major proponent of this activity, of which the main focus was “to build the internal and external infrastructure necessary to support the Corporate Mission and realise the Vision, the sustainability of the Corporation and total quality management in the governance of the City of Port of Spain”. The department undertook a number of training initiatives to this end.

Imaging/Branding/ Public Relations

There are four departments whose activities have a direct impact on the image of the Corporation, such as the City Engineer’s Department, Public Health Department, City Police Department and the Disaster Management Unit. The aim of this strategic focus area is “to promote the reputation of the organisation while reflecting the behaviours, attitudes, and beliefs expressed in our Core Values that would contribute to the delivery of quality customer service”.

Training

*** For in house training the number of staff participating is 25 persons.