Terminal to get facelift

THE DAVAO City Overland Transport Terminal is expected to be upgraded this year.

Aiza Yusoph, DCOTT manager, said on Monday that among the improvements that the terminal will have include a stronger perimeter fence of up to nine feet to ensure security in the area.

Video surveillance is already installed throughout the compound as there are 20 closed-circuit television cameras and two of these are new and have better monitoring features.

Full body scanners and walkthrough metal detectors are also expected to be installed this year. However, xray machines for baggages may have to take some time to arrive because these need to be installed after some compound renovation.

Stools and stands in the compounds are also set to be improved.

“We still need to wait for the rehabilitation of the DCOTT entrance,” Yusoph said, mentioning collaboration with the City Economic Enterprise.

DCOTT is also looking into the proposal on updating the matrix on porter fees. The current one is outdated and has fees from 2007 (where one sack of rice that weights at least 50kgs, for example, can be carried by a porter for only 25 pesos).

“We have tackled the proposal to increase and regulate these fees,” Yusoph said, mentioning that talks with the City Legal Office is already happening.

Yusoph said DCOTT also intends to put a tarp in the entrance of the terminal to ensure that no passenger will be overcharged for porter services.

Yusoph said DCOTT reported having income of P25 million in 2016—the highest in its history. During the previous year, income was at P23 million.

She added that there is a need to amend city ordinance 110 that organized DCOTT to accommodate more applications for van satellite stations.

Many have expressed interest to apply to operate van satellite stations but only three have put these into writing so far.

“We have to consider that Davao is growing and more people are coming in and out,” she said. There are four DCOTT satellite van terminals: the one in SM City Davao in Ecoland, another in Tulip Drive, one in Gaisano Mall in Bajada, and another in Victoria Plaza in Bajada. The terminal in Abreeza has a pending application.

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