The Pinto Road Community
Citizen Security Programme Community Action Officer (CAO)
Mr. Ato Augustine
Tel. 868-628-4277 ext. 12624
Pinto Road Communty Action Council (CAC)
Pinto Road Community Profile
Pinto Road is situated approximately ten (10) minutes from the Borough of Arima, and is administered by the Tunapuna/ Piarco Regional Corporation. Private cars, taxis, government and private buses use the bordering routes and highway to enter the community. Pinto Road is bordered on the east by the Eastern Main Road, on the south by the Churchill Roosevelt Highway, on the north by the East Demerara Road and to the west by the Santa Rosa Property Boundary. This is a squatting community; although many families have received Letters of Comfort from the government or have been residing there in excess of twenty years.
Residents have described Pinto Road as a quickly growing community and estimate that the population has increased by approximately 43% in the past 10 years. Pinto Road comprises over 1600 households and now has a population of approximately 8,000. Pinto Road is a fairly young community; with 62% under the age of 30, 41% of the population between the age of 7 and 24 and only 4% over the age of 65. There are a higher number of single –headed households (56%) and common-law relationships (19%) than there are traditional household structures (married couples, 25%). Pinto Road is quite a diverse community; 45% are Mixed, 41% are African and 12% are East Indian. There are at least 10 religious bodies present within the community. While the majority (40%) of the residents are Roman Catholic, there are also Anglicans, Baptists, Hindus, Jehovah’s Witness, Methodists, Muslims, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, and Seventh Day Adventists.
There is one primary school and three pre-schools, 2 of which are Government Assisted Early Childhood Care & Education Centres, in Pinto Road. According to the 2000 Census, 50% of the population attended Primary School, 35% attended Secondary School, 4% attended only nursery school and only .5% was in University at the time. However, of this grouping, 74% had passed no examination, 16% had completed CXC, .67% had A Level passes and even less (.11%) had completed University. Residents acknowledge that school drop-outs and truancy are popular within the community and attribute the drop-outs mainly to low income households which makes parents unable to contribute to the cost of education and a lack of awareness of the value of education on the part of the parents.
In 2000, the total labour force in Pinto Road was 3,855. There are 57 businesses in the community, 90% of which are run and operated by persons living within Pinto Road. The breakdown of population employed by type of occupation revealed that about 30% of the population were engaged in Elementary kinds of work, 20% worked with Craft and other related industries, and, 16% were engaged in Service and Sales. There were very few professionals (only .7%). Approximately 42% of the population had no employment, were retired, students or too old and therefore unable to work. Almost all types of occupations were dominated by males except in Clerical and Service and Sales.
This community is comprised of low to middle income families. Forty-one (41%) of community members earn less than $500 per month, 18% earn between $1,000-$1,999, 11% receive between $500-$999 and 10% receive between $2,000 and $2,999. Less than two (2%) percent of the population earn more that $5,000 per month.
There are thirteen (13) youth-led and/or youth-serving organisations in the community, the majority of which are sporting organisations (cricket, football); while there are also faith-based and environmental groups. While there is a Community Centre, the programmes offered (balloon decorating, pipe furniture and soft furnishing) are usually attended by older persons in the community. There is one recreational ground which includes a football field, cricket pitch, basketball court and children’s park. There are also two steel pan yards and a swimming pool (fees apply) where private classes are conducted.
Source: CSO 2000 Census data; supplemented by CSP Community Assessments