DCOTT warns passengers vs. overpricing porters

PREPARED. Davao City Overland Transport Terminal head Aiza Yusoph discusses security measures and other issues being undertaken by her office in time for the celebration of the Holy Week when the number of passengers is expected to increase. Yusoph graced the Kapehan sa Dabaw at the Annex of SM City Davao. LEAN DAVAL JR.
PREPARED. Davao City Overland Transport Terminal head Aiza Yusoph discusses security measures and other issues being undertaken by her office in time for the celebration of the Holy Week when the number of passengers is expected to increase. Yusoph graced the Kapehan sa Dabaw at the Annex of SM City Davao. LEAN DAVAL JR.

The Davao City Overland Transport Terminal warned passengers against porters who tended to overprice their services now that the terminal will be expecting a lot of travellers for the Holy Week.

During the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao on Monday, DCOTT Manager Aiza Yusoph said that the rate of every 50-kilo baggage has been steady at P 25.00. Unfortunately, the said is yet to be amended since it was based on the porter association’s agreement way back 2007.

“To those passengers who will be travelling, I advise you to report to us in the terminal if there are porters who overcharge you. Better to get the number of the porter para ma trace talaga kung sino yung porter na ‘yun,” Yusoph said.

During the Holy Week celebration, DCOTT expects a 10 to 30 per cent increase in passengers or about 30,000 to 35,000 pax and more or less 1,000 trips a day for north and sound bound buses. Because of the expected influx of passengers, DCOTT will be extending the operating hours of the passengers’ lounge from 6:00 o’clock in the morning until 10:00 o’clock in the evening.

Furthermore, Yusoph announced that three bus companies, Metro Shuttle, Yellow Bus Line and Land Car Incorporated (LCI) will not be having their operations on April 14, Good Friday.

A total of 14 bus companies is currently operating at DCOTT, eight bound for north and six bound for south.

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