Nabunturan, Compostela Valley
Nabunturan is a 1st class municipality in the province of Compostela Valley, Philippines
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. It is the capital town of Compostela Valley. According to the 2010 census projection, it has a population of 70,178 people in 17,357 households.
28 Barangays of the Municipality of Nabunturan
  • Anislagan(Argao)
  • Antequera
  • Basak
  • Cabacungan
  • Cabidianan
  • Katipunan
  • Libasan
  • Linda
  • Magading
  • Magsaysay
  • Mainit
  • Manat
  • Matilo
  • Mipangi
  • New Dauis
  • New Sibonga
  • Ogao
  • Panggutosan
  • Poblacion Nabunturan
  • San Isidro
  • San Roque
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Maria
  • Santo Niño (Kao)
  • Sasa
  • Tagnocon
  • Bayabas
  • Bukal

  • GENERAL HISTORY- NABUNTURAN was once a barangay of Municipality of Compostela.Its origin is buntod, the Cebuano
    Cebuano language
    Cebuano, referred to by most of its speakers as Bisaya , is an Austronesian language spoken in the Philippines by about 20 million people mostly in the Central Visayas. It is the most widely spoken of the languages within the so-named Bisayan subgroup and is closely related to other Filipino...

    of "mountain." The word "Nabunturan" means "surrounded by mountains" in English. The early settlement was governed by a headman called BAGANI but was under supervision of the Municipal District President of Compostela over matters only 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 other was 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 threats of Malaria was spreading. Public school system under the supervision of Supervising Teacher stationed in Kalaw Settlement for schools in the district of Moncayo.
    Before the construction of the national road transversing Nabunturan, only few people knew this place, but courageous pioneers ventured into this area without heeding the threats of Malaria, being prevalent at the time. Mansaka natives settled its lives here in municipality of Mawab to Brgy. 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 here in Nabunturan and lived in. By that time, the establishment of Bureau of Public Work (BPW) camp settled here in km.90. Many business trades and establishments poured in and a community established as a rural community.
    1941, WW2 broke out. A new hiding place for Guerrilas and USAFFE Contigents spread in Nabunturan. But during the Japanese occupation here in Mindanao, Nabunturan became a Japanese Kempetai Garrison. After the war, Japanese repulsed back to Davao City and the camp regained its status as the center of life and business here in Compostela Valley. Camp Kalaw was destroyed and abandoned.
    1945, American forces landed in Davao city, The Philippine Civil Assistance Unit(PCAU) established the civil government of Compostela right at Nabunturan because of its accessibility to and from Davao City.By that time, many highways and roads were constructed and it became as the center of commerce. Because of this, the need of converting Nabunturan to a municipality was felt. This need was considered by top-policy makers as urgent. On July 23, 1957, 30 days after the passage and approval 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 of what it is toaday, 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 creates Nabunturan as its Capital town on March 8, 1998. The first Appointed Governor was Hon. Luz Sarmiento and the first to be elected was Hon. Prospero Amatong.The present Mayor of Nabunturan is Hon. Romeo C. Clarin.
    NABUNTURAN is also home of the biggest gold ring in the Philippines
    "The Solidarity Ring."
    Lauro C. Arabejo 1957–1959 The first mayor, who continued his two unexpired term as Mayor of Compostela
    Antonio T. Tulio 1960–1963 Served until Sept. 11,1963 only because he ran for Provincial Board
    Gregorio Echavez Four Months Served as Mayor on Sept. 12,1963 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 during May 10, 2010, the first automated election in the Philippines.

    Newly elected councilors of Nabunturan (2010–Present)
    1)Mario Angelo Sotto
    2)Rodel Balili
    3)Vivencia Secuya
    4)Cheryl Asion-Trinidad
    5)Editha Arangcon
    6)John Edward Coloma
    7)Dennis Bugas
    8)Mark Tristan Humol
    9)Melchor Espere (ABC President)
    10)Jennefer Gamao (SK Fed. President)
    11)Datu Felipe Masambo (IP Representative)


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