Quick Facts

Coordinates: : 7°36′N 125°58′E
Country : Philippines
Region : Davao Region (Region Xl)
Province : Compostela Valley
Disctrict : 2nd District
Founded : July 23, 1957
Barangays : 28
Time zone : PST (UTC+8)
Zip code : 8800
IDD: area code : +63 (0)87
Income class : 1st municipal income class
PSGS : 118209000
Electorate : 40,305 voters as of 2016
Total Area : 231.30 km2 (89.31 sq mi)
Population (2015 Census)
Total : 82,234
Density : 360/km2 (920/sq mi)

Municipal Government Officials

Mayor : Chelita C. Amatong
Vice - Mayor : Rodel G. Balili

Municipality Profile

Nabunturan, the capital of the Province of Compostela Valley, was once a barrio of the inland municipality of Compostela. The name was derived from the native word “bungtod’ which means high elevation or hill.

Its early history was linked to that of Compostela. Then, it was governed by a headman called “bagani” or warrior who was under the supervision of the Municipal District President of Compostela on civil matters. On peace and order, the settlement fell under the direct supervision of the Philippine Constabulary detachment in Camp Kalaw in Monkayo.

Historical Background

Compostela covered the area from the barrio of Jaguimitan in the north to the barrio of Mawab in the south. It was divided into two municipal districts – the District of Monkayo and the District of Compostela. The seat of government of the district of Compostela was barrio Nabunturan.

Nabunturan was not so well-known in its early days. It was settled by people of the Mansaka tribe living along the long trail from Mawab to the barrio of Bakerohan in Montevista.

Its original site was along the Libasan-Saosao provincial road, about four kilometers from the present poblacion. Through time, courageous migrants ventured into the area despite threats of malaria. The early settlers erected a rest house to shelter pioneers and travelers.

After a road was built and finished in 1938, migrants from the Visayas came in to join the early settlers and pioneers. The Mansaka natives left their settlements and gradually moved farther into the hinterlands. The road building was followed by the establishing of a Bureau of Public Works camp along kilometer 90. A small community rose along the periphery of the BPW camp that later became a trading area for commodities and farm products like abaca. Small stores sprouted followed by small restaurants, food stalls, bars, night clubs, gambling dens, and a cockpit. Attracted by the brisk business in the area, more people settled within the expanded community.

When war broke out in 1942, the young community became a hiding place for Filipino guerrillas and the contingent of the United States Armed Forces of the Far East. Japanese soldiers came and occupied Nabunturan forcing civilians and the guerrillas to flee.

With war nearly over, the defeated Japan Imperial Army fled to Davao City. Residents returned to the barrio. Camp Kalaw in the district of Monkayo which was destroyed during the war was abandoned. The guerrillas set up a provisionary government in Nabunturan. The barrio flourished.

The war ended in 1945 with the American forces landing in Davao City. The Philippine Civil Assistance Unit (PCAU) organized the civil government of Compostela in Nabunturan because of its accessibility to Davao City. After liberation, the national highway was improved, attracting more settlers and migrants.

Birth of the Municipality

Eventually Nabunturan became the centre of commerce and trade and governance. Local officials saw the need to convert the growing community into a municipality separate from Compostela. On July 23, 1957, 30 days after the enactment of Republic Act No. 2038, Nabunturan became a municipality.

Because of its position as a centre of economic, political, and social life as well as its strategic geographical location and steady growth, Nabunturan became the capital of the province of Compostela Valley following its break-out from Davao province on March 1998.

Agriculture is the major economic activity of the municipality. The major agricultural products are coconut, banana, rice, lanzones and corn. There are also booming major industries such as furniture/woodcraft, metal craft, goldsmith, cottage industries, hollow block production, corn/rice mills, and gold processing.

Nabunturan is the province’s center of business and trade because of its strategic location being at the center of the province and the fact that it is the capital town hosting the provincial capitol and national government offices.

Physical Framework

Nabunturan has a total land area of 24,120 hectares subdivided into 28 barangays. The rural areas comprise 23,423.237 hectares. The urban area of Poblacion covers 687.736 hectares. Of the total land area of the municipality, 68.462% is devoted to agriculture, 19.093% is classified as forest, 2.026% as infrastructure and utilities, 6.426% as grasslands, 0.01% is alloted for dumpsite, 0.021%, 0.066%, 0.006%, 0.049% abd 0.025% are used as mining, quarrying, and agro-industrial and tourism areas.

Official Seal

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Map Location of Nabunturan

Map of Philippines with Nabunturan highlighted
Map of Philippines with Nabunturan highlighted

Major Tourist Destinations

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