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DCOTT chief bewails pickup system

by RG Alama

Davao City (26 November) -- Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) head Yusuf Jimlani has bewailed the habit of bus drivers to pick-up passengers and cargo outside designated bus terminals as this could endanger the safety and security of bus passengers aboard.

When a bus leaves the terminal, it is no longer allowed to pick-up passengers and cargo. "Because of lax security we cannot tell if the person is carrying weapons or a bomb. Unlike in the terminal when we can check who comes in and out." Jimlani said.

The DCOTT chief described their operations against illegal pick-ups as a cat-and-mouse game.

Jimlani said that he has already talked to several bus operators but still their bus drivers would defy the orders, he said that most of these drivers are paid not by fix salaries but by percentage from the passengers they carry thus their penchant for breaking this rule.

He also urged the public to ride the buses in designated terminals, rather than just flagging them down on highways.

Most find it convenient to flag buses down on highways rather than going to the terminal. But Jimlani said that strictly implementing the law against pick-ups is a way to prevent nefarious elements like robbers and terrorists from getting inside the buses.

Jimlani said he has made the terminal more conducive to passengers instilling order in the terminal by weeding out pesky peddlers and abusive porters. There are about 750 bus departures daily carrying about 10,000 to 20,000 passengers. The facility operated by the City Economic Enterprise is the hub of about 18 bus companies plying inter-provincial routes across Mindanao. (PIA XI) [top]

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