DAVAO City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) projects 1,000 to 1,500 bus trips a day to accommodate the influx of passengers this yuletide season.
“[It is] equivalent to 50,000 to 75,000 of passengers during peak days na siya,” DCOTT manager Aisa Usop said during the AFP-PNP press briefing held at The Royal Mandaya Hotel.
Usop also reminded those who plan to return to their respective provinces to board only at the terminal.
“It is still strictly not allowed for provincial buses to pick up passengers on the streets, “she added.
Usop admitted that there are buses that pick up passengers outside the terminal despite the ban but the official said they might face a problem once they are caught and issued a TOP.
She also explained public safety is the primary goal of the terminal-to-terminal policy, so passengers are encouraged to comply despite the inconvenience.
The DCOTT expects the influx of travelers this Christmas and the New Year, which is why they implemented strict security and new systems to reduce the long process.
One avenue is the online ticketing system where passengers can buy a ticket, reserve a seat, or check the trip schedule at www.bookaway.com.
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