Nabunturan, officially the Municipality of Nabunturan (Cebuano: Lungsod sa Nabunturan; Tagalog: Bayan ng Nabunturan), is a 1st class municipality and capital of the province of Davao de Oro, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 82,234 people. [3]

Municipality of Nabunturan
Official seal of Nabunturan
  • Heart of the Valley
  • Home of the Biggest Gold Ring in the Philippines
  • El Dorado FIlipino
Nabunturan, A Progressive, Peaceful, and Dynamic Agri-based Municipality
Anthem: Nabunturan Hymn
Map of Davao de Oro with Nabunturan highlighted
Map of Davao de Oro with Nabunturan highlighted
Nabunturan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 7°36′28″N 125°57′59″E / 7.60778°N 125.96639°E / 7.60778; 125.96639Coordinates: 7°36′28″N 125°57′59″E / 7.60778°N 125.96639°E / 7.60778; 125.96639
Country Philippines
RegionDavao Region
ProvinceDavao de Oro
District2nd District
FoundedJuly 23, 1957
Barangays28 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorChelita C. Amatong
 • Vice MayorRodel G. Balili
 • RepresentativeRuwel Peter S. Gonzaga
 • Electorate46,184 voters (2019)
 • Total231.30 km2 (89.31 sq mi)
127 m (417 ft)
 (2015 census) [3]
 • Total82,234
 • Density360/km2 (920/sq mi)
 • Households
 • Income class1st municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence22.68% (2015)[4]
 • Revenue₱238,945,675.97 (2016)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)87
Climate typetropical rainforest climate
Native languagesDavawenyo
Ata Manobo

The municipality is home to the Mainit Hot Springs Protected Landscape.


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

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


Population census of Nabunturan
YearPop.±% p.a.
1960 21,860—    
1970 27,689+2.39%
1975 30,883+2.21%
1980 37,292+3.84%
1990 53,410+3.66%
1995 56,576+1.08%
2000 60,543+1.46%
2007 67,365+1.48%
2010 73,196+3.07%
2015 82,234+2.24%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of Nabunturan was 82,234 people, [3] with a density of 360 inhabitants per square kilometre or 930 inhabitants per square mile.


Climate data for Nabunturan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 27
Average low °C (°F) 23
Average precipitation mm (inches) 160
Average rainy days 20.0 17.2 15.9 13.9 23.8 27.2 28.1 28.2 27.0 27.0 21.3 18.7 268.3
Source: Meteoblue [8]


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 known; 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 Davao de Oro. 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 (now named Davao de Oro), 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."

Local governmentEdit

List of former mayorsEdit

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 March 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 providerEdit


  1. ^ Municipality of Nabunturan | (DILG)
  2. ^ a b "Province: Compostela Valley". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "PSA releases the 2015 Municipal and City Level Poverty Estimates". Quezon City, Philippines. Retrieved 12 October 2019.
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region XI (Davao Region)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  7. ^ "Province of Compostela Valley". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Nabunturan: Average Temperatures and Rainfall". Meteoblue. Retrieved 16 November 2019.

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