'It's an honour to serve the people of Diego'
"I always feel I can do much more and I want to do much more and by God's grace I am growing and learning and improving every day. It's a case of striving for better all the time."
This was the view yesterday of Diego Martin Central MP Dr Amery Browne when the Sunday Express caught up with him while he was clearing drains in the constituency with his volunteer crew.
"I believe that an MP must at all times be a fearless servant of the people. I have recognised I can't be everywhere at every moment so I have put in place a system of area managers to cover all districts within the constituency of Diego Martin Central," Browne said.
He added that these area managers report directly to him via his cell- phone.
He says he sees members of the public two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday while he conducts regular site and home visits within the community.
He said he had significant help from volunteers and a staff that includes his "right arm", social worker Eunice Gittens, niece of the late Dr Eric WIlliams.
"She is one of the best social workers in the history of the country," he said.
Browne said some of his major achievements were the paving of roads in the constituency including some roads considered to be in a disaster zone.
Also he lists the completion of a new multipurpose centre at Simeon Road and the commencement of a new multi-storey community centre for Cocorite.
He said he also actively advocated for the massive water projects in the Capildeo Lands area of Petit Valley that have brought pipe-borne water to thousands of people for the first time. The project is being completed in phases.
Browne said he consistently works with the children within the constituency, including making regular visits to the schools and service organisations; vacation programmes at his office to help prepare young people for the world of work and to be better citizens; as well as free art classes for children living in vulnerable communities during the vacation.
He also has days of care where hairstyling, manicures, pedicures, are provided for senior citizens.
He says he offers ongoing assistance for young people who need help with preparing resumes and other documents.
As a parliamentarian, he tries to ensure his contributions are of the highest possible standard and free from all prejudice and he liaises regularly with Government ministries to assist citizens with access to necessary information.
Browne says he has been there on the ground during the disaster.
"I was out instantly in the flood- waters and worked until midnight for the last seven days with a vibrant team of volunteers from all over T&T to assist our valued residents in every way possible," he said, adding that they also mobilised a massive quantity of relief supplies.
Those were distributed equitably and were shared with neighbouring constituencies in Diego Martin North East and Diego Martin West.
"I am the youngest PNM member in the Lower House and I consider it an honour to serve the people of Diego Martin Central in and out of Parliament," he said.
He said his major plans for the areas included traffic reduction, mitigation of natural disasters, reduction of crime and juvenile delinquency, and increased patriotism.
Browne also said he acknowledged that the PNM had made mistakes when they were in government.
"But I am certain we have been growing and learning our lessons to enable even better service and representation in the future," he said.
So how does he maintain such a high level of engagement with members of his constituency?
"I enjoy what I do. I think that's a big part of it," he said.