BPLO upgrades Tax Revenue, Collection System

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley-Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) finally upgraded tax collection computerization program to Enhanced Tax Revenue and Collection System (ETRACS) version 2.5 that will be implemented starting 2017.

The current program, ETRACS version 1.8, which started since 2009 through the Australian aid, is upgraded into a more efficient computerization system on the issuance of business permit that is also capable of generating modified reports.

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FDCP Chairperson visits Nabunturan for future Cinematheque

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley-Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Chairperson Liza Diño, together with FDCP Executive Director Will Fredo and Architect Paul Sta. Maria, visits Nabunturan on December 19, 2016 to finalize their partnership and collaboration with the Local Government of Nabunturan, headed by Mayor Chelita Amatong, on the building of the future Cinematheque in the municipality.

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Nabunturan locals showcased world-class talents during the Simballay festival different competitions, embodying unity as they come up with spectacular performances.

Nabunturan locals showcased world-class talents during the 22nd staging of Simballay Festival held last December 12-16, 2016 at the Municipal Plaza, with the theme “Usa ka Katawhan alang sa Kalambuan”, aiming to celebrate culture and bountiful harvest in the municipality of Nabunturan.

Several activities were lined-up for the week-long celebration of Simballay Festival, featuring Educators’ Day, Baranggay Booth Contest, Ethnic Parade, Paskuhan sa Simballay: Inter-School Choral Competition, Music in the Night, Hudyaka sa Simballay, Pista sa Ani, Baranggayanihan: Pop Icon Lip Sync Battle, Lanog sa Nabunturan, Garbo ng Nabunturan Season 7, LGU Cup: Championship Games, and Iwag sa Kadalanan.

Participants from neighboring places joined the newly introduced competitions such as Giant Parol-making contest wherein recyclable materials were used. Barangay Katipunan won as Grand Winner followed by Barangay San Roque (1st runner-up) and Barangay Cabacungan (2nd runner-up). Tugtugan sa Simballay, showcasing a local band, was also added to make the festival more lively.

Nabunturan National Comprehensive High School (NNCHS) finished strong for they bagged the first prize for Iwag sa Kadalanan along with their Simballay Festival Queen, Ericka Jean Lumen, as they showcased a well-choreographed, synchronized, and upbeat dance routine. Other winners of the light parade are Magsaysay High School Annex (2nd Placer) and Manat Central Elementary School (3rd Placer).

To add up to the list of victories, NNCHS teachers were also triumphant during the Educators’ Day Zumba Contest, after showing off a fantastic zumba routine with a bit of a skit to promote the health benefits of exercise.

Paskuhan sa Simballay: Inter-School Choral Competition judges unanimously decided to hail San Roque Elementary School for Elementary Division and Kao National High School for Secondary Division as first placers.

Next to San Roque Elementary School were Nabunturan Central Elementary School SPED Center (2nd Placer) and Manat Central Elementray Schoo (3rd Placer). For the Secondary Divison, Nabunturan National Comprehensive High School ranked second followed by Manat National High School, bagging the third spot.

Municipal Agricultural Office spearheaded the Pista sa Ani in Baranggay Booths featuring the Best Tasting Lechon Contest participated by clustered Barangays of Nabunturan. The clustered Barangays of Linda, New Sibonga, and Mipangi were hailed as the first placer, followed by the clustered Barangays of Sta. Maria, Cabidianan, and Antequera.

On one hand the clustered barangays of Manat, Anislagan, and Cabacungan got the first place for the Barangay Booth Competiton, while the clustered barangays of Magsaysay, Basak, and Pangutusan bagged the second spot, followed by the clustered barangays of Ogao, New Dauis, and Magading.

People got to see famous pop icons perform on stage through the Baranggayanihan: Lip Sync Battle, wherein Barangay Cabacungan celebrity Madonna won first prize, while Lady Gaga of Barangay Mipangi and Britney Spears of Barangay Ogao ranked 2nd and 3rd respectively.

In Lanog sa Nabunturan: Drum and Xylophones Competition, the drum and bugle corps from Tagnocon Elementary School captured the hearts of the judges for they landed first place, followed by Manat Central Elementary School, and then lastly, New Sibonga Elementary School.

On the fourth day, audience stood in awe as the Garbo ng Nabunturan Season 7 finalists emerged on stage in modern attires and sang pop songs during their production number.

Juvie Lasaca, representing Bayabas National High School, finally bagged the grand winner title after joining Garbo ng Nabunturan for the third time. Aside from the cash prize, she will be representing the municipality in the upcoming Garbo Comvalenyo on March.

Nicka Arsenio of Assumption College of Nabunturan finished second, while Marymie Gellipa from Nabunturan National Comprehensive High School ranked third, respectively.

Barangay Poblacion was hailed as champion of the LGU Cup: Basketball Games, while other winners are Barangay Bukal (First runner-up), followed by Barangay Magsaysay (2nd-runner up), and then Barangay Katipunan (3rd-runner up). While in the volleyball games, Barangay Ogao won first place, Barangay Antequera was First Runner-up, Barangay San Roque was second-runner up, and lastly Barangay Bayabas.

Participants from Tagum City joined the newly introduced activity, where MRS Family finished as champion for the Rap Battle, while JC Cortez was announced as the winner for Beatbox contest.

For the Simballay Festival Finale, Tres Marias namely Cooky Chua, Bayang Barios, and Lolita Carbon flew from Manila to entertain both the young and the old locals of Nabunturan with OPM classics. People in their old age stayed late at night just to listen to their kind of music, that is way different from the present times.

NABIFILMEX in Cinema Rehiyon 8

Dasmariñas, Cavite – Four films from Nabunturan Independent Film Exhibition (NABIFILMEX) made it to the Cinema Rehiyon 8 held in Dasmariñas, Cavite last November 28 – December 2, 2016 with the theme, Creating Cinema Communities, Celebrating Cultural Legacies.

Cinema Rehiyon is a non-competition film festival, which showcases the harvest of award-winning independent films from the different regions in the country.

It was presented by NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts), Film Development Council of the Philippines, University of the Philippines-Los Baños Foundation Inc., and UPLB Pelikulab in cooperation with De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, which played host to this year on behalf of the entire province of Cavite and the rest of Region IV.

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22nd Simballay Festival – December 12-16, 2016


Simballay Festival is now on its 22nd year of celebrating bountiful harvest, culture, and unity among the people of Nabunturan this coming December 12-16, 2016 at the Events Stage, Municipal Plaza, anchoring the theme “Usa ka Katawhan alang sa Kalambuan.”

As an official festival of Nabunturan, Simballay Festival is also a symbol of progress that made the municipality known for its potential resources in tourism and agro-industrial aspects.

The festival is also one of the LGU’s thrust to bring in tourists and to foster camaraderie among the people of Nabunturan.

Join us in this festivity, Nabunturanons!


PHOTO RELEASE – 14 November 2016


Nabunturan Transport Service Cooperative (NATRANSCO) and Nabunturan Farmers Cooperative (NAFAMCO) receive livelihood grant from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Integrated Livelihood Program through Public Employment Service Office (PESO) LGU Nabunturan on November 14, 2016 at the ABC Hall, Municipal Hall. DOLE gave a funding worth Php 621,110 to NATRANSCO for a vulcanizing shop project and a total of Php 410,000 to NAFAMCO for a goat raising program. Assistant Regional Director of DOLE-XI Atty. Jason P. Balais and DOLE Livelihood Focal, Rodrigo Roble Jr. handed-over the checks to Nabunturan Vice Mayor Rodel Balili, NAFAMCO Manager Eden Valledor, and NATRANSCO Manager Julius Docdoc. Photo by NAFAMCO

PHOTO RELEASE – 28 Oct 2016

LGU Nabunturan receives funding from the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region XI. The funding worth Php 492, 500 will be used for the construction of Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at the dumpsite in Prk. 2, Barangay Linda and for the procurement of a shredder to be utilized in the municipality. EMB hands over the cheque to OIC Municipal Accountant Reyneria Marfe, Office of the Municipal Treasurer Staff Helen Delgado, and Municipal Environment and National Resources Officer I Designate Geraldine Pizaras on October 28, 2016 at the Ritz Hotel, Obrero, Davao City. Photo by ERS

Earthquake drills conducted around Nabunturan

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley – Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Office (MDRRMO) conducts earthquake drills in daycare centers around Nabunturan last October 5 to 7, which are done done upon request necessary for the centers’ DSWD accreditation.

Teachers and students, including parents from the different daycare centers in Poblacion, Manat, Basak, and San Vicente have undergone a brief lecture facilitated by Nabunturan Emergency Response Team (NERT) members on the proper procedures during and after an earthquake.

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LGU Nabunturan observes National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley – In consonance with the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) led an earthquake drill, participated by almost 400 LGU officials and employees last September 28, 2016 at the Municipal plaza in Nabunturan.

Bureau of Fire Protection officers Insp. Joey Militar, FO3 Benjamin Sales Jr., FO2 Greggy Rabe, SFO1 Renee Ypil, and FO1 Donald Poe Cabiles were the prime evaluators of the drill.

MDRRMO staff and Nabunturan Emergency Response Team (NERT) leader Odelio Tabuldan said that the importance of drills is anchored on preparing the community for upcoming calamities.

A siren signaled the start of the drill at around 9 am, wherein LGU employees performed the dock, cover, and hold within their respective offices.

An evacuation of the building followed, wherein employees headed towards the nearest open space area, including the streets, and the Municipal Plaza.

Insp. Militar said in an interview that the employees from the different offices cooperated, although there were lapses and the execution can still be improved.

He stressed that the preparedness level on the part of some employees would increase through an intensive orientation.

“Kung natagaan og ample time, mas matagaan og gwapo nga situation (If we were given ample time, we could provide a better situation),” Militar added.

The earthquake drill is an enactment of the mandate from Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Marga Melendres/TIS Nabunturan


LGU employees cooperate with MDRRMO during the conduct of the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill. Photo courtesy of NERT

Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council, reorganized

Nabunturan, Compostela Valley – Mayor Chelita Amatong leads in the reorganization of Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC), which aims to effectively respond to the drug problem in Nabunturan, coinciding to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s anti-drug campaign.

Mayor Amatong said during the council meeting last September 18 at the ABC Hall that the council has a big role in the implementation of the program dubbed as “OPLAN LIWANAG: Transformative Intervention Program for Voluntary Surrendereers for Reform.”

As stated in a released Executive Order, the increasing use of illegal drugs has considerably contributed to the incidence of heinous crimes.

The three-month OPLAN LIWANAG will serve as a community rehabilitation program that is aimed to cater drug dependents due to the lack of rehabilitation centers in the province.

MADAC will serve as focal point with various organizations and individuals who work together cooperatively in the planning, implementation and evaluation of programs, projects and activities on drug abuse prevention, provide an effective mechanism for the coordination of existing services and those which might be developed in the immediate future, provide for the mechanism to obtain funds, facilities, volunteers and technical expertise, and perform other related responsibilities as may be assigned by competent authorities.

MADAC is comprised of Municipal Mayor Chelita Amatong as chair, PNP Nabunturan Chief of Police PCI Adolfo Eyan, DOJ Municipal Judge, Vice Mayor Rodel Balili, SB on Education Hon. Jeovy Mandin, MLGOO Evan Noel Pascua, Municipal Health Officer Dr. Danielo Rubillos, MSWDO Alma Delia Besana, West Dirstict Supervisor Florlinda Dinopol, East District Supervisor Pepe Aradilla, Pastor Jolly Furio, and Municipal Information Officer Designate Leah Calamba.

Barangay Officials will be at the forefront in the implementation of the program, in partnership with the PNP and the support of MADAC and Provincial Anti-drug Abuse Council (PADAC), which includes weekly counseling, community services, family and marriage enrichment activities, life and skills training, and many other daily activities.

An orientation of Barangay captains regarding OPLAN LIWANAG was also conducted by Josephine M. Frasco, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Department Head of Compostela Valley last September 24 at the ABC Building.

Mayor Amatong pledged that the LGU, in coordination with the provincial government, will give financial support for the activities under the OPLAN LIWANAG for the drug dependents who have sworn to completely cut-off drug usage.

Profiling of level of dependence of drug users, spearheaded by Dr. Daniello Robillos, is the first step of the program. Marga Melendres/TIS Nabunturan