Nabunturan, Compostela Valley
|Region||Davao Region (Region XI)|
|Founded||July 23, 1957|
|• Mayor||Romeo C. Clarin|
|• Vice Mayor||Mario Angelo M. Sotto|
|• Total||231.30 km2 (89.31 sq mi)|
|• Density||320/km2 (820/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Population census of Nabunturan, Compostela Valley|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Nabunturan is a 1st 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 in 15,878 households.
Nabunturan was subdivided into 28 barangays, namely:
- New Dauis
- New Sibonga
- Poblacion Nabunturan
- San Isidro
- San Roque
- San Vicente
- Santa Maria
- Santo Niño (Kao)
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, now a municipality. 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. There were no government doctors assigned in that area. So, the threat of malaria was spreading. The public school system was under the supervision of the Supervising Teacher stationed in the Kalaw Settlement for schools in the district of Monkayo. Before the construction of the national road traversing Nabunturan, only a few people knew of this place; but courageous pioneers ventured into this area without heeding the threat of malaria, which was prevalent at the time. 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. When the road was constructed on 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 in km.90. 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. This need was considered by top-policy makers as urgent. 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 has retained its original name, Nabunturan. The first Mayor of the town was Hon. Lauro C. Arabejo, the incumbent mayor of the municipality of Compostela.
Four decades of improvement and development of the town, Nabunturan, snowballed until what it is today, being the model of economic, political and social activities in the Valley, mainly because of its strategic location and steady growth. 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 further created Nabunturan as its Capital town on March 8, 1998. Hon. Prospero S. Amatong, then incumbent governor of Davao del Norte Province where 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 Hon. 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."
Mayors of The Town of Nabunturan
|THE LOCAL EXECUTIVES SERVING THE MUNICIPALITY OF NABUNTURAN SINCE 1957-PRESENT|
|NAME OF THE MAYOR||YEARS SEARVED||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 .|
Newly elected councilors of Nabunturan (2013–2016) 1)Hon Rodel Balili 2)Hon Chelita Amatong 3)Hon Carlo Ancla 4)Hon Con Caballero 5)Hon vivencia Secuya 6)Hon Darwin C.Tan 7)Hon Mark Tristan Humol 8) Hon . Dennis Bugas 9) (ABC President) 10)Jeovy Mandin(SK Fed. President) 11)Datu Felipe Masambo (IP Representative)
- DXPA-FM 103.1 Radyo Serbisyo .Owned By Amatong Family
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Telefax No. - (084) 376-0458
- Nabunturan Integrated Cooperative - Poblacion, Nabunturan
- King Cooperative
- LandBank of the Philippines
- One network Bank
- Green Bank
- Enterprise Bank
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- 2000 Philippine Census Information