The Value of Public Sector Employees

Officers of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service participate in the Republic Day Parade in Roxborough. (2019)

On December 20th, 2002, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated June 23rd as Public Service Day.

The public service, in many ways, keeps the island running through the provision of services such as: fire prevention, protective, public transportation, water and electricity, social, education, telecommunications and healthcare, just to name a few.

The United Nations Public Service Day is recognized on June 23rd each year, to honour members of the civil service and in celebration of the value that the provision of services brings to a nation. This year, the theme is ‘Innovating the Future Public Service: New Government Models for a New Era to Reach the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals]”.

The public service performs a very important role in terms of the delivery of health services, education, infrastructure in terms of roads and bridges, and providing agricultural access roads to farmers,” said Chief Administrator Bernadette Solomon-Koroma.

Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the limitation of personal interaction, public servants have pressed on in order to carry out their duties to the benefit of all.

Our role is a critical one, in the context of providing the national community with the type of civil defence that will cater to the safety of all,” said Divisional Fire Officer at the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service – Tobago Division, David Joseph Thomas.

In appreciation of the contribution made by public service employees, the Office of the Chief Secretary (OCS) released a video highlighting this sector. View the full feature by visiting the OCS Facebook page here: