Davao City Overland Transport Terminal earns P25-M in 2016

THE Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) earned an income of around P25 million from January to December 2016, the highest in history.

DCOTT manager Aiza Yusoph said the office, which is under the City Economic Enterprise - an income generating office, posted the highest income so far as compared to the previous years.

"The year 2016 ang may pinakamataas na income sa DCOTT," she said.

In 2015, DCOTT's income was P23 million, she added.

Yusoph attributed the significant increase to the stiffer enforcement of policies and collection of fees among the vendors inside the terminal, bus and van operators.

"We really focus on the stalls and stand's rental fees and the payment per trips through our Ulas and Tibungco checkpoints," she said.

They also oversee other stakeholders such as porters and peddlers. The rental of folding beds offered to the passengers who are waiting at the terminal has also contributed to the increase of the income.

The DCOTT officials also intensified their communication and monitoring with stakeholders by staging regular orientations, reminding them of their monetary responsibilities so that at the end of the day, they would not be burdened by the huge amount of money due to failure to pay their monthly obligation.

"The amenities that we have are still the same. It's just a matter of approach," Yusoph stressed.

DCOTT could accommodate thousands of passengers a day. For their trips on regular days, they could reach a maximum of 750 trips that would cater around 35,000 passengers during regular days. But during special holidays like the Holy Week, they are expecting 50,000 passengers for a maximum of 1,000 trips. (JCR)
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