As mandated for under Ordinance 110, Series of 1986, DCOTT is constituted by a Davao City Overland Transport Terminal Board, which is composed of five (5) members, with a representation of the City Mayor who presides as Chairman of the Board. Its composition likewise includes a representative of the City Treasurer, a representative of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, and two other representatives, from the Bus Operators and Business/Civic Sector, respectively.
Among its prominent functions is the fact that it has been vested by law… x x x “topromulgate rules and regulations governing the operation, administration, and maintenance of the said terminal” x x x., and however,despite this policy of autonomy, recent years later and after numerous programs (to include the reorganization of the City Government in 1996 which incorporated the DCOTT with the City Economic Enterprise Mgt.) has integrated the management of the DCOTT within a system of supervision and management. Since the Reorganization of the City Government of Davao in 1996, there occurred certain changes in the management of the Terminal. The Reorganization saw the creation of the Economic Enterprise Management Office which centralized the operations and supervision of the income generating units and entities of the City Government under one office. Hence, the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal became a unit of the same office.
The Terminal employs a comprehensive organizational structure with a total of 41 plantilla personnel and 49 job order/ contract of service personnel. This present organizational structure has likewise been formalized only on CY 2007 with the initiative of present management of DCOTT.
Within this organizational set-up, the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal delineates its functions within five particular sections, each assigned with its own personnel, and these are:
vOperations Section - this Section is supervised by one plantilla personnel with the position of Transportation Regulation Officer III and is divided into 3 subsections which takes charge of the general operations of the terminal and to address concerns relative to bus operations, satellite terminals (van and jeepney), and check points.
vMaintenance Section - this Section is assigned to maintain the upkeep of the terminal as well as the maintenance and repairs of its amenities, it is supervised by one plantilla personnel with the position of Electrician II with subsections comprising the facilities upkeep and sanitation;
vEnforcement and Security Section - due to the present security situation, this section is assigned to provide security and enforce the policies of the terminal, it is comprised of 46 in-house security personnel (plantilla and job order/ contract of services), 1 team of SCAA personnel from Task Force Davao, and 1 K9 Unit comprising of 2 dog handlers and 2 bomb sniffing dogs;
vAdministration Section - supervised by one plantilla personnel with the designation of Administrative Officer, the section is charged with the administration of the terminal, the responsibilities of which are delegated into 4 different subsections namely personnel (for human resource concerns such as duties/ assignments, training and leave benefits), budget and supply (for preparation of annual budgetary expenditures, procurement of supplies), records (charged with the proper accounting assets and properties of the terminal), and concessionaires (the responsibilities of this subsection include the billing of commercial establishments as well as documentation and regulation of porters and peddlers).
vPublic Assistance Section - this Section shall cater toPublic Assistance and Information dissemination for departing and arriving passengers primarily on bus fares, tariff rates, passenger complaints, etc. It is comprised of one Public Assistance Center and three Public Assistance Counters strategically located within the terminal. This Section is likewise charged with the maintenance of the terminal Breastfeeding room for lactating mothers with infants;
Below is the organizational chart of the DCOTT:
 The Public Assistance Section is not included in the organizational chart because of the fact that this was only implemented in 2008
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In order to contribute to the sustainable growth of the City Government of Davao and promote in the development of the public land transport industry, we have established a vision with clear objectives
Management : Supervision that is focused on innovation and customer satisfaction while creating a conducive environment wherein employees are inspired to contribute to the development of the terminal and its operations;
People : Nurturing the support of all stakeholders concerned, as well as, creating an avenue for the progression of the public land transportation industry, of small and medium enterprise, and the safety of the riding public;
Profit : Instituting and maximizing the means to provide for better revenue collection while being aware of our overall responsibilities.
The mission of management of the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT), is to contribute to the revenue generation efforts of the City Government of Davao by providing opportune and competent management decisions and programs that could improve terminal operations, and offer better services for the patronizing public.
The idea of DCOTT was conceived in 1979, planned and designed in 1981 to 1983 which was considered a component project of the Regional Cities Development Program.
Construction of the Terminal commenced in March of 1985 under the supervision of the then Ministry of Public Works and Highways and completed 9 months later, in December 27 of the same year.
It was turned over and accepted by the City Government of Davao by the then City Mayor Elias B. Lopez on March 15, 1986 just a few days after the Edsa Revolution.
DCOTT is also the area where the former Pres. Aquino campaigned for the ratification of the 1987 Constitution, when more than 50,000 people converged from all over Mindanao