DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/November 1) – Davao City Ground Transportation Terminal (DCOTT) management reported fewer passengers despite the long weekend to allow workers and students to observe Undas with their families.
DCOTT Director Aisa Usop said in an interview on Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) 87.5 on Tuesday that the average number of daily bus rides is estimated at 1,000 since Friday, down from 2,000 expected daily trips.
She said they expected an influx of passengers to come to DCOTT last Friday, but were surprised to see that far fewer passengers took the buses from the terminal, even over the weekend.
Usop believes passengers are worried about traveling at the moment due to Typhoon Paeng, which has ravaged parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
“We have bus lines to Bohol, Samar, Leyte in the Visayas and Pasay in Luzon. We know those areas have been affected. We have a number of passengers returning home to Cotabato, but the region has also been affected,” she said.
Apart from the typhoon, she said the increase in bus fares might have discouraged passengers from travelling.
But Usop said DCOTT’s operation was smooth and orderly.
After Typhoon “Paeng”, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) monitored the tropical depression “Queenie”, which was estimated to be 490 km east of Davao city or 425 km east-southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur as of 11. am. notice issued by the meteorological office.
He said Tropical Depression Queenie is expected to continue moving west over the next 12 hours as it moves over the Philippine Sea east of Mindanao.
“Queenie was downgraded to the tropical depression category at 8:00 a.m. today. Due to unfavorable environmental conditions, this tropical cyclone will continue to weaken and may become a residual low within 12 hours,” he added. . (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)