HIGH VOLUME Tight security checks at Davao City bus terminal

Expect tight security checks when travelling during the Holy Week break.

HOLY WEEK EXODUS. Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) head Aisa Usop says the number of province bound passengers has increased by 100 percent this Lenten Season, from the usual 6,000 to 12,000 a day. Usop has advised the passengers during AFP-PNP Press Corps media forum at The Royal Mandaya Hotel on Wednesday to come to DCOTT early, be patient and stay alert. Lean Daval Jr

Strict security be implemented at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) with the expected high volume of bus passengers. This was announced by DCOTT head Aisa Usop on Wednesday, April 17 during the AFP-PNP Press Corps Media Briefing held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.

Usop said normally there are 650 to 700 bus trips a day which is equivalent to 35,000 to 40,000 passengers. However, during peak seasons such as Lent, the number of bus passengers usually bloats to almost a hundred percent.

“Pag peak season, we recorded around 1,000 to 1,200 bus trips which is equivalent to over 75,000 passengers. But based on our experience, naga increase jud ang pasahero each year so we expect around 1,500 bus trips starting on Thursday,” Usop said.

Thus, Usop appealed to all bus passengers of DCOTT to cooperate with the security measures they have implemented together with the Task Force (TF) Davao and Davao City Police Office (DCPO).

“Hangyo lang unta namo na kung mahimo dili lang mag high-blood, kay expect jud mo ug tight inspection gikan sa atoang mga TF Davao.  Ang mga bagahe, naay times na gina open jud na labi na pag naka tape na mga bagahe,” she said, adding that this is for the welfare of all passengers.

Usop also assured that bomb sniffing dogs and security personnel will be visible all areas of the terminal. They also installed nine closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) for wider visual coverage. 

In fact, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 led by regional director BGen Marcelo Morales conducted an inspection to DCOTT and all other vital installations of Davao City Wednesday afternoon.

During the preparation for the Holy Week, Usop said the TF Davao conducted a bomb awareness orientation seminar to the stakeholders of DCOTT, demonstrating how to identify Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and how to react on the situation.

Aside from that, DCOTT coordinated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Davao City in conducting surprise drug tests to drivers and conductors recently.

The DCOTT head, meanwhile, said some buses plying to South like Cotabato City among others, will observe cut-off hours while others will operate 24/7.