Duterte: Davao terminal stays

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday said she has no plan to decentralize or transfer the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (Dcott) outside of downtown Davao as recommended by researchers from the University of the Philippines (UP).

Researchers from UP visited Davao City earlier this year to run some studies in the city's traffic management system particularly in where best to locate the city's overland transport terminal.

Duterte-Carpio said the researchers have recommended that the city must come up with an overland terminal, which is located outside of the city proper.


Duterte did not go into details on where the recommended location is.

"That was a good suggestion but we still don't have plans to pull out Dcott from Matina," Dutert-Carpio said referring to the present location of the terminal along Candelaria Street in front of the Hall of Justice in Davao City.

The lady mayor pointed out that she is firm to the present orientation of the terminal which is a centralized terminal.

Just last year, the City Government has allotted P9,000,640 for Dcott's first major rehabilitation since it has been established 27 years ago.

Maribeth Lumactod, Dcott's chief in an earlier interview, told Sun.Star Davao that the repair has started in January this year and is expected to be finished by June, also this year.

Among the facilities or improvements that the city will introduce to the terminal would include the new passenger lounge, terminal bases for north and south bound buses; covering of the uncovered terminal base, and installation of stalls and other structures inside the terminal.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 07, 2012.

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