AS the observance of Holy Week draws near, Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) reminded travelers to stay vigilant against illegal canvassers or porters inside the terminal.
“Kani bitaw magpaka-aron ingnon nga taga sulod, mga canvassers daw, unya moingon nga libre daw ilang pagtabang unya kita pud sa kadaghan sa atong bagahe atoa nalang padala sa iyaha,” DCOTT manager Aisa Usop said during the AFP-PNP press conference on March 28, 2023.
She added that these individuals could steal their baggage.
She said these so-called porters might also deceive them into paying the ticket cost.
“Moingon siya nga pagbayad lang ticket nimo kay siya nalang mo-process, and then pagsaka nimo sa bus paninglon na pud ka (They said that they will be ones to pay for you in advance but when you get on the bus, the staff will ask for payment again),” Usop said.
To avoid these instances, they have already requested assistance from the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and other force multipliers to ensure the safety of the passengers in the DCOTT.
She added that they are expecting a high influx of passengers up to 100,000 this Holy Week with 1,500 buses to be traveling inside and outside of Davao City. KSD