Nabunturan, Compostela Valley
"Home of the Biggest Gold Ring in the Philippines"
|Motto: "Nabunturan, A Progressive, Peaceful, and Dynamic Agri-based Municipality"|
Map of Philippines with Nabunturan highlighted
|Region||Davao (Region XI)|
|District||2nd district of Compostela Valley|
|Founded||July 23, 1957|
|• Mayor||Chelita C. Amatong (Aksyon Demokratiko)|
|• Vice Mayor||Rodel G. Balili (PDP-Laban)|
|• Total||231.30 km2 (89.31 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||360/km2 (920/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)87|
|Income class||1st municipal income class|
|Electorate||40,305 voters as of 2016|
The municipality is home to the Mainit Hot Springs Protected Landscape.
Nabunturan was subdivided into 28 barangays, namely: 
- New Dawis
- New Sibonga
- San Isidro
- San Roque
- San Vicente
- Santa Maria
- Santo Niño (Kao)
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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 Jose R. Caballero who served from July 1, 1998, to June 30, 2007. The present Mayor of Nabunturan is Romeo C. Clarin.
Nabunturan is also home to the biggest gold ring in the Philippines, "The Solidarity Ring."
|Population census of Nabunturan|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority |
In the 2015 census, the population of Nabunturan was 82,234 people, with a density of 360 inhabitants per square kilometre or 930 inhabitants per square mile.
Elected councilors of Nabunturan (2013–2016):
- 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)
Elected Vice Mayor of Nabunturan (2013-2016):
- Mario Angelo M. Sotto
List of former mayors
|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||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||2010–2016||Served Mayor of Nabunturan|
|Chelita C. Amatong||2016–Present||elected Mayor Of Nabunturan|
- Nabunturan Central Warehouse
- Gaisano Grand Mall - Nabunturan
- NCCC Mall Davao - NCCC Nabunturan
Radio stations and cable provider
- DXPA-FM 103.1 Radyo Serbisyo – Owned By Andres Bonifacio College Broadcasting System, Inc.
- DXWH-FM 104.7 Radyo Natin – Owned by Manila Broadcasting Company
- DXKY-FM 88.5 YK-FM – Owned by Vice Governor Manuel "Way Kurat" Zamora under the license by RMC Broadcasting Corporation of the Radyo ni Juan Network
- Nabunturan Cable TV Network (NCTN) – owned By Jainal B. Uy
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Province: Compostela Valley". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
- "Region XI (Davao Region)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- "Region XI (Davao Region)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
- "Region XI (Davao Region)". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011.
- "Province of Compostela Valley". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- Philippine Census Information
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