Students, Teachers Engage in Filmmaking

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley – “Cinema is both a passion and an art…it comes from within.”

These words by Zamboangeno filmmaker Ryanne Murcia inspired 13 aspiring filmmakers, mostly students and teachers from the different provinces of Mindanao, during the Sine Indie Film Camp 5 last May 24-26, 2017 at the Villa Amor Hotel.

The 3-day film workshop is geared to nurture potential filmmakers to produce their own films and discuss the basic elements of film: narrative, cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, and sound.

Arnel Barbarona, a multi-awarded Mindanaoan cinematographer and editor, emphasized that a cinema is a visual language, thus, telling a story through images. He also added that a film is a way to push ones agenda and beliefs.

After the participants set their expectations, Cinema Rehiyon 9 Festival Director Atty. Karen Santiago-Malaki expressed “Filmmaking is not just in camera angle & editing effects; a beautiful film could start from a beautiful story.”

The directors also screened some of their remarkable works: In the middle of an End and Apasol by Murcia and Tu Pug Imatuy and Haylo by Barbarona in between their lectures.

The first day was devoted to an introduction to filmmaking and basic story development. Each participant told a story based on their own experiences that could be turned into a screenplay.

Barbarona lectured on advance editing techniques and cinematography principles. Along with identifying proper shots and angles, he expounded on the psychology of cinematography–how one shot emanates multiple interpretations from the audience.

On Actual Shoot

Campers eagerly applied their new learnings through filmmaking short clips of subjects in close-up, medium, and wide shots, while baring in mind the Eye Trace principle upon editing.

On directing, Murcia said that there is no single rule to it. He said that each has their own style on how to tell the story of the movie.

Participants then gathered around the resource speakers to pitch their stories for screenplay. The ones who had their scripts approved will be given seed money for them to produce their own films.

The camp ended with a brief graduation ceremony of soon to be award-winning filmmakers. Atty. Malaki then extended her gratitude to the passion-driven participants.

Sine Indie 5 is one of the build-up activities for Cinema Rehiyon 9, a non-competition national film festival initiated by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to be held in Nabunturan on August 22-27, 2017.

The film workshop is conducted by the Municipal Tourism Council of Nabunturan, Inc. (MTCNI) and LGU Nabunturan through the Tourism Office. Marga Melendres/TIS


Campers’ actual workshop. Photo by Tourism Office


Director Ryanne Murcia discusses basic story development to participants. Photo by Tourism Office

Road to Cinema Rehiyon 9

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley —Municipal Tourism Council of Nabuntura, Inc. (MTCNI) in partnership with the Municipal Government of Nabunturan made the first crack on conducting the “Road to Cinema Rehiyon 9: Pre-festival Screening of the Best Films from the Regions” at Gaisano Grand Mall Nabunturan last May 19.

After the launching will be a series of film screenings in different municipalities and cities in Davao region to promote the upcoming Cinema Rehiyon 9 in Nabunturan on August 22-2017 with a theme “No Walls, No Ceilings.”

The tour is aimed to pursue the thrust of the thriving film community in the municipality, Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition (NABIFILMEX), — to bring film appreciation closer to the grassroots level.

With the use of mobile truck from Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) as a screen, Nabunturanons gathered at the entrance area of the mall and watched multi-awarded films from Compostela Valley and other provinces in the country.

Two short films about the open-air cinema in Nabunturan, starring barangay officials and residents of Brgy. Sta. Maria, were also showcased.

The open-air community screening as an alternative to the cinema theatres found in big cities makes the 9th staging of Cinema Rehiyon distinct.

Moreover, Nabunturan is the first municipality that will host this annual national film festival.

Cinema Rehiyon is a flagship program of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Cinema Committee and is being supported by FDCP.

The pre-festival screening tour final leg will be on July 19, 2017 at F. Bangoy National High School in Davao City. Marga Melendres/TIS



Cinema Rehiyon 9 committee with FDCP staff




Nabunturan Association of Local Government Employees Union (NALGEU) new set of officers took oath before Mayor Chelita C. Amatong last March 20, 2017 at the Municipal Hall during the convocation. The elected officers: Gilda F. Aldaya as President; Deogracia C. delos Reyes as Vice President; John F. Lofstrand as Secretary; Annie Lyn N. Amyer as Treasurer; Doris M. Lago as Auditor; Geraldine L. Pizaras, Leah M. Calamba, Delia P. Jumalon, Aiza Loraine H. Mencidor, Dr. Hermenegilda D. Ebba, Lourdes A. Andan, and Ma. Alicia B. Flores as Board of Directors will serve as the voice of the employees in LGU. NALGEU will also implement, assess, and review policies in the organization for the welfare of employees.

LGU Nabunturan Formulates GAD Plan 2018

GAD executive committee and technical working group undergo GAD Planning workshop with DILG Provincial Director Noel Duarte as the resource speaker.

LGU Nabunturan officials and employees undergo Gender and Development Plan (GAD) Formulation Seminar- Workshop held at the Raj Hotel, Tagum City last March 15-17, 2017, spearheaded by the newly appointed GAD Focal Alma Delia Besana, Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Provincial Director Noel Duarte, the resource speaker of the forum, discussed the PCW-DILG-DBM-NEDA Joint Memorandum Circular 2016-01, a new and simplified GAD Plan form.

An Executive order no. 17 series of 2017 was released, creating the executive committee and the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the GAD Focal Point System (GFPS) of the municipality of Nabunturan.

The executive committee, in coordination with the GFPS-TWG, shall ensure and sustain the Municipal Government’s critical consciousness and support on women and gender issues and take the lead in mainstreaming GAD perspective in the municipal programs, policies, projects, activities, and processes.

The GAD Executive Committee, together with the GFPS-TWG, drafted the GAD Plan within the 3-day seminar-workshop under the facilitation of DILG Provincial Director Noel Duarte.

Mayor Chelita Amatong pronounced during the review process the importance of GAD Plan formulation in ensuring local government programs address to gender-related concerns of the employees and clientele.

The GAD plan and budget is set to be submitted at the DILG Provincial office for approval, before its implementation on 2018.

The drafted plan and budget mainly include gender-responsive programs and activities such as Gender-Sensitivity Trainings, and provision of comfortable working space among employees and clients.


NABIFILMEX Festival Director Atty. Karen Santiago-Malaki with co-awardee Department of Tourism Assistant Secretary Eden Josephine L. David during the Bulawanong Pasidungog.

Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition (NABIFILMEX) Festival Director Atty. Karen Santiago-Malaki receives Governor’s Excellence Award in appreciation for her contribution in the field of Culture and Arts last March 5, 2017 at the Session Hall, Capitol Building, Compostela Valley.

The award was handed by Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy during the Bulawanong Pasidungog in celebration of the 10th Bulawan Festival and 19th Founding Anniversary.

Atty. Malaki won the award against three other nominees from other municipalities for her notable leadership in driving the NABIFILMEX by spurring a local film industry, & cultivating homegrown talents in the promotion of film tourism.

With her stewardship, NABIFILMEX has grown bigger and has gained funding support and recognition from various organizations both local and international, eventually paved the way in making the Municipality of Nabunturan as one of Mindanao’s film hub and further made it part of the roadmap of the film industry in the country.

NABIFILMEX also paved the way in the future construction of Cinematheque, the first movie theatre in the province.

Furthermore, Nabunturan continues to gain recognition in the independent film industry as it will host the 9th staging of Cinema Rehiyon, an annual national film festival, on August 2017.

The award is given to the locals of Compostela Valley with remarkable accomplishments in the fields such as Public Service, Culture and Arts, Science and Technology, Entrepreneurship and Employment creation that are worthy of recognition and emulation.


MSWD Office staff facilite VSR graduation last February 28, 2017 in Brgy. Mipangi

89 individuals started a new chapter upon graduating from the community-based drug rehabilitation program of the province dubbed as “OPLAN LIWANAG” Transformative Intervention Program for Voluntary Surrendereers for Reform (VSR) last February 28, 2017 at the Brgy. Mipangi gymnasium, Nabunturan.

Through the initiative of Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC), headed by Mayor Chelita Amatong, and Barangay Captain Romeo Arizo Sr., in cooperation with PADAC and BADAC, Barangay Mipangi was the first pilot barangay in Nabunturan to conduct the OPLAN LIWANAG Program.

With the collaboration of PCI Adolfo E. Eyan; 25th IB Charlie Company; PESO Office headed by Reynita Villan; MSWDO Alma Delia C. Besana; MHO Dr. Danielo Rubillos; MLGOO Evan Noel Pascua; Provincial, Municipal, and Barangay Action Teams; Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); Provincial Values Restoration Program Council; Department of Justice; Parochial Parish Priest of Nabunturan; Pastor Jolly Furio; and Pastor Jessie Lumactod, VSRs successfully graduated in the three-month community rehabilitation program that seeks to reform and build them with capabilities to sustain their new lifestyle.

Remarkably, there were only 59 VSRs screened and profiled on the level of drug dependency by the Municipal Health Office last August 2016, but through the consistent motivation of the Municipal Action Team and community, the number increased to 89 individuals by December and finished the rehabilitation program.

Remarkably, there were only 59 VSRs screened and profiled on the level of drug dependency by the Municipal Health Office last August 2016, but through the consistent motivation of the Municipal Action Team and community, the number increased to 89 individuals by December and finished the rehabilitation program.

Moreover, VSRs underwent Driving and Hair dressing trainings conducted by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for National Certificate II Assessment on April. This serves as capability building opportunity for drug victims to equip them in the livelihood programs to be given by the Local Government of Nabunturan.

A surprise drug test was conducted before the VSR graduation of OPLAN LIWANAG to ensure their complete withdrawal from drug use. According to MSWDO Alma Delia Besana, 100% of the participants were confirmed to have negative drug presence in their bodies.

Local governments of the province (PLGU), municipality of Nabunturan (MLGU), and Barangay Mipangi (BLGU) provided the VSRs with meals during the community rehabilitation.

Jomar and Jay-jay, OPLAN LIWANAG graduates, shared during an interview that the community-based program greatly changed their lives and has led them back into living meaningful lives.

“Ang kabag-ohan kay dili na kantyawanan. Makabaton namig respeto sa uban og naa na’y pagtahod ilang pagtagad dili na kantiawanan…Sauna gamay nga bikil away dayon, karon kay nakakat-on nako nga magpugong sa kalagot (The changes are that we are not being mocked anymore. We learned to give respect and also earn respect from others. Before, small misunderstandings always led to bigger fights, but now I learned to control my emotions),” Jomar said when asked about the changes in his relationship with his family and friends.

They both also said that the positive changes they have observed among themselves and their peers motivated them to go on with the daily activities such as morning exercise led by the AFP and afternoon exercise led by PNP.

Jomar and Jay-jay encouraged those who are still drug dependents to surrender to clear their well being and maintain good relationship with God, through attending lectures and activities for rehabilitation. They also disclosed that their families are now their priorities.

“Sa wala pa nagsurrender, surrender na kay maayo ni sa lawas og daghan kag makat-onan (To those who haven’t surrendered yet, then surrender now because this is good for the body and you will learn a lot),” Jay-jay added.

The conduct of the activity aims to effectively respond to the drug problem in Nabunturan pursuant to the issued Executive Order of the Governor, EO No. 064-2016 dated August 2, 2016 for the conduct of Oplan Liwanag, coinciding to President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug campaign.


Local Government of Nabunturan is again awarded the program on the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) or National Community-driven Development Program (NCDDP) amounting to 20 million worth of projects.

The development objective of KALAHI-CIDSS is the “empowerment of local communities through their involvement in the design and implementation of poverty reduction projects and improved participation in local governance.”

According to Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator Freddie Coronica, KALAHI-CIDSS this year is in TIER 2 that will be implemented to benefit the barangays to address poverty incidence in the municipality.

All of these projects are said to relate to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction program of the government, he added.

It was noted that in 2015, LGU Nabunturan has received funding amounting to 26 Million utilized for the projects in the forms of infrastructures in 28 Barangays.


Dr. Danielo Rubillos speaks in front of other Local Climate Change PLan Orientation and Workshop delegates from select municipalities in the country held last January 25-27, 2017 in Quezon City.

LGU Nabunturan representatives join the Local Climate Change Action Plan Orientation and Workshop held at Sequoia Hotel, Quezon City last January 25-27, 2017 to increase knowledge and capacity development for integrated climate change adaptation, disaster risk and vulnerability reduction at the local community level that will be concretized through a Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP).

LCCAP shared vision is an Enhanced Transformative Framework of resiliency in local communities through a capacity development program for the empowerment to mitigate, prepare, respond, recover, and adapt to climate change and related disasters.

An approved LCCAP is the primary output of the workshop to equip local government units in preparation for climate change adaptation in the future.

One of LCCAP secondary purpose is to provide LGUs access to people’s survival fund from the Office of the President to aid in funding Climate Change related programs, Ms. Jennifer Echavez, Administrative Officer V, revealed in an interview.

The conduct of activity was spearheaded by Local Climate Change Adaptation for Development, in partnership with the Office of the President, Climate Change Commission, League of Municipalities of the Philippines, City Government of Legazpi, and Philippine Information Agency.

The delegates at the workshop were Municipal Health Officer Dr. Danielo Rubillos, Planning Officer III Antonio Beda Tulio, OIC Municipal Agriculturist Margarito Libres, Environmental Specialist I Geraldine Pizaras, Engr. Marko Paulo Cubero, and Administrative Officer V Jennifer Echavez.

LGU Nabunturan is set to formulate the LCCAP this year to create a long-term action plan for the municipality.

182 flood-affected households evacuate

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley – As of January 24, 2017 9:45 am, a total number of 182 families with 614 individuals evacuate their respective houses due to continuous heavy rain and rising level of water overflowing from nearby rivers in some Barangay in Nabunturan, Compostella Valley.

Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC) immediately responded by conducting preemptive evacuation of households situated in flood-affected areas in the municipality using Saddam Trucks.

Affected areas are Barangay Basak with 228 evacuees, Barangay Magsaysay with 189 evacuees, Barangay Sta. Maria with 32 evacuees, Barangay Magading with 101 evacuees, and Barangay Sto. Niño with 64 evacuees.

San Juan Elementary School, Prk. 1 Basak Elementary School, Magsaysay Elementary School, Sta. Maria Barangay Hall Community Center, Magading Barangay Hall Community Center, and Sto. Niño Barangay Gymnasium all serve as temporary shelters to flood victims.

MDRRMC jumped-off preemptive evacuation yesterday, January 23 at 8:30 am in Prk. 7, Barangay Basak.

Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) address the basic necessities of victims by giving food packs, potable water, and medicine. Nurses are also on duty in each evacuation centers to respond to the health needs of the evacuees.

MDRRMO Wenie Portes also reported that Magsaysay to Magading road is now passable, including the Magading to New Dauis road via Kural. Marga Melendres/ TIS Nabunturan


Nabunturan Emergency Response Team (NERT) assists families as they arrive at the evacuation center. Photo by MDRRMO Nabunturan
A baby is carefully handed to its mother to get on the MDRRMO Saddam Truck for evacuation. Photo by MDRRMO Nabunturan



LGU Nabunturan employees works hand in hand to achieve a clean municipality during the municipal-wide clean-up drive in celebration of the Zero Waste Month on January 2017. -Photo by MENRO

Environmental Resources Section conducts municipal-wide clean-up drive, participated by LGU employees, on January 27, 2017, anchoring the theme “Engaging Response to the Changing Environment” in celebration of the Zero Waste Month in accordance to the Proclamation No. 760, Series of 2014, which is aligned to the thrust of the Environment Management Bureau in strengthening the awareness of the stakeholders’ proper solid waste management the “Bayan Ko, Linis Ko” continuing program that has started since September of 2016. Committee on Environment of each of the 28 Barangays in Nabunturan also conducted a simultaneous clean-up drive last January 20, 2017.