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North, South bound bus terminals needed: DCOTT

Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) chief Aisa Usop shares during the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao on Monday the achievements of the city’s main overland gateway. Lean Daval Jr

Due to heavy traffic of buses at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) particularly during peak hours, creation of additional bus terminals in north and south areas of Davao City is now being proposed.

Aisa Usop, manager of DCOTT told media in Kapehan sa Dabaw that the creation of additional terminals was already approved by the City Council. The said ordinance for its implementation is already in the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO). 

Usop added that areas identified where the proposed terminals will be set up include Toril and Buhangin.

“Tinuod nga nagkadaghan ang buses sa terminal especially during peak season. In fact, we are coordinating with the CTTMO when it comes to traffic particularly sa terminal drive and Maya Street,” she said.

DCOTT, which is only 1.7 hectares, can no longer cater to more bus units.

“The property is not enough to cater additional bus units. Gina-control namo ang mga bus nga naga-sulod sa DCOTT,” she said.

Usop also cited that the seating capacity of the buses also increased from the previous 39-45 to 50-59.

DCOTT has recorded an increase in revenues. Usop said they were able to exceed from its target income of P50 million for 2019, she announced that as of November last year their collections already reached P64 million.

She cited fees from bus trips, van trips, rentals from stakeholders such as stalls and stands, porters, and peddlers in DCOTT as sources of the terminal’s income.

“We are very happy nga ang target for 2019 is naabot nako. Wala pa nahuman ang pag total but I am expecting more or less P70 million income of DCOTT for 2019,” she said.

Aside from the increased number of buses, she also attributed the increase of DCOTT’s income to the joint effort of DCOTT and the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) that issue trip tickets to the buses and vans.

Usop said small buses are charged with P35 per trip, P200 per trip for the big buses, and P75 per trip for the vans.