AS elderly and child abuse continue to saturate the national discourse because of its rampant prevalence in our country, I would like to suggest that consideration be given to include a mandatory clause within the Miscellaneous Provisions (Local Government Reform) Bill, 2019 currently before a Special Joint Select Committee of Parliament to cause the Local Government bodies through the 14 municipal regions in Trinidad to play a more pivotal role in the fight against this societal scourge.
In the case of Tobago, the THA Act can be amended accordingly. Periodic and impromptu visits to these senior citizens, homes and day care centres in each municipal region, from its building inspection, public health and municipal police departments can be expeditiously and routinely carried out.
Moreover, since each region is further sub divided into electoral districts, each represented by a councillor, each councillor, acting as a concerned citizen and monitoring agent should also pay periodic and impromptu visits to these homes and day care centres that fall within their respective jurisdiction (electoral district).
Furthermore, it should be made compulsory for such establishments to be registered and licensed, and applications for annual renewal of licences should be accompanied by a recommendation from the councillor, building inspector and public health department.