THE Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) collected almost double for rent of fees of stalls within the terminal for the month of August this year compared to August last year.
DCOTT head Aisa Yusop, in a interview with SunStar Davao, said last week that they have collected a total of P2,275,631 for the month of August this year, which is higher compared to P1,861,000 collected last year.
Yusop said this can be attributed to the timely payment of the vendors for their stalls.
"Actually, as I took office last July, DCOTT has implemented the same rules, however, I can see that it is also the matter of supervising the porters, peddlers and vendors that such development was attained," Yusop said.
She said that last July, they strictly implemented the ID system of all the porters and peddlers.
Yusop added that the coordination with different cooperatives connected with these renters also helped in the increase of the collection.
"Nitabang pud sila sa atoa, nga ang ilang mga tao, magbayad jud sila. (The coops] also helped us to make sure the concerned stakeholders to pay their rent)," Yusop added.
According to Yusop, they have also issued notices for concerned stakeholders to pay for their rent.
She said that stands placed in the area cost P6 per square meter, while the stalls cost P2,000 monthly if it faces the terminal and P2,500 if it faces the Hall of Justice.
Yusop said this trend is surprising because high income does not usually fall in the month of August.
"It is the first time that we collected big amount for the month of August because based on previous trend, the vendors only usually pay in the month of December in preparation of the renewal of permits," Yusop said.
She added that it is very rare that the collection would reach P2 million in a month as the usual rate of collection monthly only reach up to P1.7 million to P1.8 million.