DCOTT expects passenger influx

THE DAVAO City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) is expecting a significant increase in departing passengers as the Holy Week approaches.

Aiza Yusoph, DCOTT manager, said her office is expecting increased passengers by 10 to 30 percent.

Yusoph said the DCOTT, on average, records 650 to 750 departing trips in a day.

“This year, we expect trips to increase to up to 1,000 in a day,” Yusoph said, mentioning that each bus carries at least 50 people.

Yusoph advised the public to plan their trips in advance because three bus lines will not operate on Friday: Metro Shuttle, Yellow Bus Liner, and Land Car Inc.

Philtranco, which deploys buses from Davao to as far as Pasay, has not given any advisory on operations yet.

There are currently 14 bus companies in DCOTT—eight have north bound routes, while six have south bound routes.

Yusoph advised the public to get bus rides in DCOTT alone for their safety.

She said security is a priority of the terminal. DCOTT will be monitored by civil service units, guards in gates, and personnel from Task Force Davao as well as K9 units.

At least 20 CCTV cameras are also installed in the terminal compound.

The terminal promises to implement strict security measures to ensure safety of passengers.

Yusoph said bus controllers were advised to commence travel as soon as vehicles are filled with passengers instead of following the usual 10-, 20-, or 30-minute interval. Bus drivers are also advised not to pick up passengers who are not coming from the terminal.

Operating hours of passenger lounge, likewise, will also be extended: instead of the regular 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., these areas will be open until 10 p.m. to accommodate passengers needing food and moms needing to breastfeed infants.

Additional chairs will also be put throughout the terminal.

Yusoph advised the public to comply with security measures by designated personnel.

Lanes in entrance is also increased from three (supposedly for men, women, and those with big baggages) to five to accommodate pregnant women, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities.

Yusoph advised persons traveling with pets and plants to secure printed credentials for these.

“We have only one bus terminal according to Davao City Ordinance 110, which organized DCOTT,” she said. There are also four DCOTT satellite van terminals. They are at SM City Davao in Ecoland, McArthur Highway near Tulip Drive, Gaisano Mall in Bajada, and Victoria Plaza in Bajada. The terminal in Abreeza has a pending application.

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