Nabunturan, Compostela Valley

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Nabunturan
Municipality
Official seal of Nabunturan
Seal
Map of Compostela Valley with Nabunturan highlighted
Map of Compostela Valley with Nabunturan highlighted
Nabunturan is located in Philippines
Nabunturan
Nabunturan
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 07°36′N 125°58′E / 7.600°N 125.967°E / 7.600; 125.967Coordinates: 07°36′N 125°58′E / 7.600°N 125.967°E / 7.600; 125.967
Country Philippines
Region Davao (Region XI)
Province Compostela Valley
District 2nd district of Compostela Valley
Founded July 23, 1957
Barangays 28
Government[1]
 • Mayor Romeo C. Clarin (Liberal)
 • Vice Mayor Mario Angelo M. Sotto (Liberal)
Area[2]
 • Total 231.30 km2 (89.31 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 73,196
 • Density 320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8800
Dialing code 87
Income class 1st

Nabunturan is a first class municipality in the province of Compostela Valley, Philippines. It is the capital town of Compostela Valley. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 73,196 people.[3]

Barangays[edit]

Nabunturan was subdivided into 28 barangays, namely:[2]

  • Anislagan
  • Antequera
  • Basak
  • Bayabas
  • Bukal
  • Cabacungan
  • Cabidianan
  • Katipunan
  • Libasan
  • Linda
  • Magading
  • Magsaysay
  • Magangit
  • Mainit
  • Manat
  • Matilo
  • Mipangi
  • New Dauis
  • New Sibonga
  • Ogao
  • Panggutosan
  • Poblacion
  • San Isidro
  • San Roque
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Maria
  • Santo Niño (Kao)
  • Sasa
  • Tagnocon

History[edit]

The town of Nabunturan was once a barangay of Municipality of Compostela. The origin of the name is from buntod, the Cebuano term for "mountain." The word "Nabunturan" means "surrounded by mountains" in English. The early settlement was governed by a headman called Bagani, but was under the supervision of the Municipal District President of Compostela over matters concerning civil affairs. For the maintenance of peace and order, the area was under the immediate supervision of the Philippine Constabulary Detachment of Camp Kalaw, Moncayo. From barangay Jaguimitan in the north to barangay Mawab (now a municipality in the south), the whole Compostela town was divided into two (2) municipal districts: the district of Moncayo, and the district of Compostela, with the latter's seat of local government in barangay Nabunturan, now the municipality of Nabunturan.

Before the construction of the national road traversing Nabunturan, the place was little know; but despite the threat of malaria, which was prevalent at the time, pioneers ventured into the area. Mansaka natives settled their lives here in the municipality of Mawab to Barangay Bangkerohan, Montevista. The original site of Barangay Nabunturan was situated along the Libasan-Saosao Provincial Road, about 4 km from the present Poblacion site. The public school system was under the supervision of the Supervising Teacher stationed in the Kalaw Settlement for schools in the district of Monkayo.

When the road was constructed in 1938, many Visayan settlers and pioneers came to Nabunturan and made it their home. By that time, the establishment of the Bureau of Public Works (BPW) camp settled in Nabunturan. Many business trades and establishments poured in and Nabunturan was established as a rural community.

In 1941, the Second World War broke out in the country. A new hiding place for guerrillas and USAFFE Contingents spread in Nabunturan. But during the Japanese occupation in Mindanao, Nabunturan became a Japanese Kempetai Garrison. After the war, the Japanese were repulsed back to Davao City, and the camp regained its status as the center of life and business in Compostela Valley. Camp Kalaw was destroyed and abandoned.

In 1945, American forces landed in Davao City, and the Philippine Civil Assistance Unit (PCAU) established the civil government of Compostela at Nabunturan because of its accessibility to Davao City. By that time, many highways and roads were constructed, and Nabunturan became a center of commerce. Because of this, the need to convert Nabunturan to a municipality was felt. On July 23, 1957, 30 days after the approval and passage of Republic Act no. 2038, a new political unit—separate and distinct from the mother municipality of Compostela—was created. It retained its original name, Nabunturan. The first mayor of the town was Lauro C. Arabejo, the incumbent mayor of the municipality of Compostela.

On January 30, 1998, President Fidel V. Ramos signed into law the creation of the 79th Province of the country, Compostela Valley, pursuant to Rep. Act 8470, which created Nabunturan as its Capital town on March 8, 1998. Prospero Amatong, then incumbent governor of Davao del Norte Province from which the new province of Compostela Valley was carved out, opted to serve as the first governor of the newly created province. He only served for one day because he resigned the following day and filed his candidacy for Congress. He was succeeded by Luz Sarmiento as an appointed governor and served for two months. The first elected governor was Hon. Jose R. Caballero who served from July 1, 1998, to June 30, 2007. The present Mayor of Nabunturan is Hon. Romeo C. Clarin.

Nabunturan is also home to the biggest gold ring in the Philippines, "The Solidarity Ring."

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Nabunturan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 53,410 —    
1995 56,576 +1.08%
2000 60,543 +1.46%
2007 67,365 +1.48%
2010 73,196 +3.07%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Local government[edit]

Elected councilors of Nabunturan (2013–2016):[1]

  • Rodel Balili
  • Chelita Amatong
  • Carlo Ancla
  • Con Caballero
  • vivencia Secuya
  • Darwin C. Tan
  • Mark Tristan Humol
  • Dennis Bugas
  • (ABC President)
  • Jeovy Mandin (SK Fed. President)
  • Datu Felipe Masambo (IP Representative)

List of former mayors[edit]

Local Executives Serving the Municipality of Nabunturan Since 1957-Present
Name of mayor Years served Remarks
Lauro C. Arabejo 1957–1959 not, who continued his two unexpired term as Mayor of Compostela
Antonio A. Tulio 1960–1963 Served until Sept. 11,1963 only because he ran for Provincial Board
Gregorio Echavez Four Months Served as Mayor on Sept. 12,1964 being the Vice-Mayor.
Lauro C. Arabejo 1964–1967 Served Mayor for the whole term
Lauro C. Arabejo 1968–1969 Served as Mayor until 1969 because he ran for Congressman
Venancio C. Piastro 1969–1971 Served as Mayor from September 1969 to 1971 being the Vice Mayor
Prospero S. Amatong 1972–1977 Served as Mayor from January 1, 1972, to September 28, 1977, after his courtesy resignation was accepted by then President Marcos
Zosimo A. Bugas 1977–1980 Appointed and Served as mayor from Sept.29,1977 to Mar.2,1980
Prospero S. Amatong 1980–1986 Served as Mayor until Mar.31,1986 only because he was appointed as OIC Governor
Venancio C. Piastro 15 Days Served as Mayor from Apr. 1,1986 to Apr.15,1986 for being the Vice Mayor
Arsenio B. Flores 1986–1988 Appointed and served as OIC Mayor from Apr.16,1986 to Jan.26,1988
Romeo A. Chavez, MD 5 Days Appointed and served as Mayor from Jan.27,1988 to Feb.1,1988
Joel O. Bugas 1988–1992 Served Mayor for the whole term
Joel O. Bugas 1992–1995 Re-elected Mayor during 1992 national and local elections
Joel O. Bugas 1995–1998 Re-elected Mayor during 1995 national and local elections
Ruben R. Flores MD 1998–2001 Served Mayor for the whole term
Macario T. Humol 2001–2004 Served Mayor for the whole term
Macario T. Humol 2004–2007 Served Mayor for the whole term
Macario T. Humol 2007–2010 Re-elected Mayor during the May 14, 2007 national and local elections
Romeo C. Clarin 2010–Present elected mayor of Nabunturan

Radio Stations[edit]

  • DXPA-FM 103.1 Radyo Serbisyo. Owned By Amatong Family
  • DXWH-FM 104.7 Light FM Radyo Natin Nabuturan owned by Manila Broadcasting Company
  • DXKY-FM 107.3 YK-FM Owned by zamora Family
  • DXCV-FM 103.9 Valley-FM (Family Media, Inc./Countryside Radio Group)
  • DXVY-FM 94.3 Voice-FM (Family Media, Inc./Countryside Radio Group)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: COMPOSTELA VALLEY". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 

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