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NEWS: Court stops P90 M bond flotation of Compostela Valley LGU

Posted in nabunturan with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2009 by cha monforte
nov 13

The Regional Trial Court Branch 3 has issued an injunction stopping the implementation of the P90-million bond flotation of the local government of Nabunturan, Compostela Valley.
RTC Branch 3 Executive Judge Hilarion Clapis Jr in his decision, released Wednesday, in the Special Civil Case No. 898  praying for injunction with application for writ of preliminary injunction stated that his sala finds that the three complainants, who are town residents, “have sufficiently established the existence of grave damage and irreparable injury to justify, albeit provisionally the restraint of the act or acts complained of in this the bond flotation scheme.”
Temporarily enjoined not to make any act relating to bond flotation pending the decision of the case on the merits are Mayor Macario Humol, Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin and town councilors Darwin Tan, Eduardo Minosa, Vivencia Secuya, Cheryl Trinidad, Iluminida Cabuga, Felipe Masambo and Sangguniang Kabataan representative Jennifer Gamao.
The officials have been wanting to raise P90 million by selling government bonds to the public to fund for the construction of a “mall-like” public market building to replace the old market building razed by a fire four years ago.
Complainants were Charlie Monforte, a journalist, Emilio delos Reyes, a president of a  parent-teachers association and opposing Councilor Alfonso Tabas Jr.
They charged in their complaint that the bond flotation enacted by Municipal Ordinance No. 2008-10 “is clearly oppressive and grossly disadvantageous which if not repealed will result to great wastage of taxpayers’ money, dissipate the coffers of the Local Government Unit and importantly displace hundreds of market vendors from the said facility resulting to loss of income. loss of jobs and grievous economic injuries to ordinary citizens of Nabunturan”.

The respondents filed a motion to dismiss last February citing lack of jurisdiction and lack of cause of action, but complainants filed opposition to it following hearings where regional officials and experts from Dept of Finance and Dept. of Budget and Management and Local Finance Committee officials were summoned to testify as resource persons.
Monforte and Delos Reyes were also complainants of a separate graft complaint filed at the Office of the Ombudsman for Mindanao last August.
In that complaint, the two charged that the same respondents have allegedly failed to conduct public bidding in the hiring of the bond flotation’s financial adviser-consultant Preferred Ventures Corporation, a Makati-based firm.
They claimed that even without the “legislative enactment, ordinance or resolution to hire a financial consultant and advisor for the municipality’s infrastructure project, Mayor Humol proceeded to enter into Memorandum of Agreement with Preferred Ventures” and “(it) became an automatic financial consultant/advisor without passing through the bidding procedure as required by law”.
For opposing the bond flotation, Councilors Raul Caballero, Editha Arangcon and Tabas were spared from the complaint.  (Al Rosero/Rural Urban News)


NEWS: New Comval’s gold rush on at Pamintaran, Maragusan

Posted in 23086172, Barangay Bukal Nabunturan, Barangay Mainit in Nabunturan, Mainit Protected Landscape, maragusan, nabunturan, Pamintaran with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2009 by cha monforte

Secret gold boom in Mainit, Nabunturan?

july 13

A new gold rush is now largely ongoing at a village named Pamintaran at the highland town of Maragusan, about two-hour ride up northeast of the capital town of Nabunturan in the Compostela Valley.
John Alfred Angcog, a gold prospector who has just come from Pamintaran gold rush area said in an interview Sunday in Nabunturan, that an estimated 20,000 miners are already exploring the area since it was opened again after exploring miners were temporarily barred by authorities to enter and explore in last February.
He said that the mining site has been opened again after the Maragusan municipal government has made a plan for the area.
“Pamintaran is about 4 kilometers from Maragusan poblacion and can easily be reached by single motorcycles unlike the other gold rush sites in Comval,” he said.
He said that about 300 small-scale tunnels are already operating and competing for rich gold veins in the area, adding that in fact some known mining-associated personalities who had hit it big in Diwalwal and even in as far as influential politicians and names from Agusan and Surigao areas have been heard to be also staking for a fortune in Pamintaran’s range of mountains, which reportedly consist of about 300 hectares.
He said that he and other members of his corpo (mining group) heard that early this year the area came to be known to have rich gold deposits when a group got a yield of about 6.6 kilos of gold after they had some 220 bags of ores excavated from one of Pamintaran mountains processed by the “planta” (carbon-in-pulp cyanidation plant).
Angcog also added that there are still few cynidation plants in the Maragusan and most of the ores from Pamintaran found their way to mineral processing zone downhill at Barangay Mainit in Nabunturan.
Mainit barangay captain Dominggo Malanog, in separate interview, said that in his barangay there are thirty (30) cyanidation plants mostly owned by outsiders of his village including foreigners like Korean nationals.
“They are the ones who are benefit from it, and not us,” he added.
The mountains and rivers of Barangay Mainit and the neighboring Barangay Bukal have long been known by exploring miners to have deposits of gold since the 70, although gold strikes and hits of small miners trigerring seasonal gold rushes have largely characterized the Mainit-Bukal mining area time and again in the past.
But since the firmer grounding and use of fabricated, small-scale carbon-in-pulp cyanidation plants as a technology and the continued high price of gold in the world market have changed the gold production parameters and in fact made more feasible the small scale mining.
Village chief Malanog bared that the Mainit-Bukal area has the mining sites in Payawan, Bugac, Pagtulian, Cabinuangan, and the older Saraban, Inupuan and Noknokan areas.
He said that guerilla-type of small scale mining activities even encroached into the Log Cabin area inside the 1,775-hectare Mainit Protected Landscape (formerly classified as Mainit National Park).
But with the lively operations of cynidation plants in Mainit mineral processing zone at present have fueled speculations that there is an ongoing secret gold rush and boom in Mainit-Bukal mining complex. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: 117 Nabunturan youths take Iskolar ni Raul exams for 4-year course

Posted in asds antonio delos reyes, councilor raul caballero, international peace leadership college, nabunturan with tags , , on April 25, 2009 by cha monforte

april 8

Some 117 new high school graduates, mostly belonging to the Top 10 of their class, in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley yesterday took the competitive qualifying examinations in the search for the 30 Iskolar ni Raul for four-year course in the International Peace Leadership College (IPLC) at Antipolo City starting in the coming academic year 2009-2010.

Creme dela creme, the best and the brightest of Nabunturan- some 117 new high school graduates, mostly belonging to the Top 10 of their class, in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley take the competitive qualifying examinations yesterday for the 30 Iskolar ni Raul for 4-year course at the International Peace Leadership College (IPLC), Antipolo City for the coming school year. Inset is Councilor Raul Caballero. (photo by Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

Creme dela creme, the best and the brightest of Nabunturan- some 117 new high school graduates, mostly belonging to the Top 10 of their class, in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley take the competitive qualifying examinations yesterday for the 30 Iskolar ni Raul for 4-year course at the International Peace Leadership College (IPLC), Antipolo City for the coming school year. (photo by Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

The examinees who took the exam were considered as Nabunturan’s creme dela creme and best and the brightest of this year’s batch of high school graduates as they were either having 85 percent or above average grade, or Top 10 of the class or student leaders.

The IPLC scholarship grants accessed through the initiative of Nabunturan councilor Raul Caballero would provide free tuition fee worth over P32,000 per semester, free dormitory and student assistanceship for free board and lodging of the chosen scholars. They would also have the opportunity to go to US and other countries in Asia for youth leadership training and fellowship once they graduate.

The courses offered under scholarship are Bachelor of Science in Journalism, BS in Politics and Governance, BS in Philosophy Program, BS in Secondary Education,  major in English or in Values Education, and BS in Business Administration, major in Marketing, in Entrepreneurial Development or in Human Resource Management.

Before yesterday’s start of examinations held at NNCHS, Councilor Caballero challenged examinees never to waver from their aspirations to get education saying that education has remained to be the key and proving element in improving the lot of especially impoverished families in the country.

Caballero is also funding from all of his salaries as councilor the schooling of some 45 scholars who have just completed the first year of the two-year computer programming course in Nabunturan College of Science and Technology.

Yesterday’s examination was administered by Comval assistant schools division superintendent Antonio Delos Reyes, also the vice president of the Mesael Caballero Foundation, Inc., a nongovernment organization, which coordinates and administers the Iskolar ni Raul program. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

NEWS: Nabunturan councilor-anchor files libel suit vs. municipal planning officer over broadcast in new FM station

Posted in atty carlo ancla, comval, freddie coronica nabunturan, mayor macario humol, nabunturan, nabunturan councilor alfoson "jun" tabas, prosecutor II Alona Labtic with tags , , , , , , on February 11, 2009 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

COMPOSTELA VALLEY- Nabunturan town councilor Alfonso “Jun” Tabas Jr. filed Tuesday a libel case against one municipal planning and development coordinator Freddie Coronica stemming from a broadcast in a government-paid program over a new FM station in town DXPA 103.1 on January 24, 2009 when he attacked Tabas with a mouthful of allegedly scathing libelous remarks.

Tabas is a blocktime anchor of the same station and a known broadcaster here who ran independent and won a councilor’s slot in the last 2007 polls. He is known to be oppositionist to last-termer Mayor Macario Humol.

Tabas complaint was lodged to and docketed by the provincial prosecutor’s office with NPS No. XI-01-INV-09B-0002/9 Tuesday afternoon.

In his complaint received by prosecutor II Alona Labtic, Tabas stated that Coronica allegedly attacked his reputation during the radio program “Padayag sa Nabunturan” by calling him words as “kagawad Tigbas (a hack)”, “kagaw… kagaw sa katilingban (germ), “baboy… irong buang, askal…asong ulol” (pig…mad dog)”, “attack and collect, defend and collect (AC-DC)” broadcaster, “may pagkadakung mota (has big mote in the eye)” and “nagpakaulaw na sa SB (he put the Sangguniang Bayan to shame)”.

Coronica was guesting in the local government-paid blocktime aired on that date at around 6:30 A.M. when he talked about the P90-million bond flotation project of Humol administration, which is as press time being questioned by Tabas and other oppositors in court.

Tabas stated in his complaint that to vindicate his honor as public official, pastor of Missionary Baptist Church and as an active member of Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), he was forced to engage the services of a counsel and paid an acceptance fee of P50,000 to his lawyer.

Tabas stated that that he was executing the libel as criminal case with the reservation of filing administrative cases against the same respondent in other bodies, ostensibly the Ombudsman and Civil Service Commission.

Tabas’ complaint was supported by affidavit of witness Hernanito Clet, a personal assistant of Tabas who claimed he made audio recordings on the program anchored by municipal information officer Jennifer Echavez and guested by Coronica.

DXPA 103.1 had just started broadcasting last December and is owned by former Congressman Prospero Amatong and his family. With its 1,000-watt power capacity, it accordingly reaches its broadcast to as far as portions of Davao City , Mati, Davao Oriental and Agusan del Sur.

Meanwhile, reports said that earlier before Coronica’s recorded lambasts Tabas had castigated for several times Mayor Humol, Coronica and other municipal personnel and officials in his own daily morning radio program “Katin-awan”.

Tabas is defended by lawyer Carlo Ancla.

Respondent Coronica would still have to execute his answer to the complaint before the office of the provincial prosecutor would weigh and rule whether Tabas libel complaint would to be dismissed or not. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

Newsfeature: Machine inventions to make organic fertilizer, push MRF recycling deep fried in the backwoods of Compostela Valley

Posted in davao techno craft, inventor arthur benedicto, nabunturan with tags , , on December 15, 2008 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

In his way of contributing to contain the country’s pestering waste management problem, an inventor based in Compostela Valley has come up mobile machines that could potentially boost production of organic fertilizer and recycling of biodegradable and organic materials for individual livelihood purposes.

davao-techno-craftArthur A. Benedicto, an awardee inventor of the Dept. of Science and Technology, has recently designed and initially sold his mobile “all-in-one” shredder, mobile organic fertilizer mixer and rotary aerobic composter to various end-users including local government units of Panabo City, Asuncion in Davao del Norte, Trento, Agusan del Sur and the Davao Oriental provincial government.

“The shredder can shred organic materials from kitchen refuse, banana stalks and fruit peelings, rice straws to inorganic ones like plastics and cellophanes,” said Benedicto, an inventor who has long been based in the province’s capital town of Nabunturan.

The plastic shreds can then be used as cushions for pillows or a mixture of hollow block, the peelings or rice straws for fertilizer for one’s livelihood.

But to make complete organic fertilizer, the mixer and composter of Davao Techno Craft, Benedicto’s firm, are best appendages to the shredder.

“The mixer on the other hand mixes for your own organic fertilizer formula in only 10- to 15-minute mixing time,” he added.

Both the shredder and mixer run on fuel-efficient 7-horsepower diesel engine.

The aerobic composter does a mechanized way of composting that shortens the composting period by 50 percent.

“It is safe and contains and eliminates harmful bacteria to avoid spread of diseases, besides that it eliminates the unwanted weed seeds,” he said.

A customer entrepreneur Ely Miguel in Trento town said that he has recently sold his first 1,000 bags of fertilizer in his new livelihood out of Benedicto’s shredder and mixer which he bought last September.

Benedicto’s latest three machines are now positioned in the market to be the processing machine requirements of an operational material recovery facility (MRF) that has been required in every barangay or cluster of barangays under Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, that until now lags behind in the government’s full implementation target to address the country’s continuing garbage crisis.

“The cost of each machine is just within a small barangay budget,” he said.


Also, Benedicto is currently completing an environment-friendly integrated gold processing system ordered by a small-scale mining firm operating in the town’s Barangay Mainit mining district.

“Unregulated, polluting gold processing will take turn for a best with the processing machine that uses the feed water over and over again… than allow it to exit to pollute our rivers, waterways and eventually the seas,” Benedicto enthused.

In its complete design, the gold processing system rolls on 10-horsepower capacity with two giant 10-ton per day ballmill ore crushers, filtering, sorting and draining components and cynidation leaching plant all geared to extracting the maximum gold content of the ores under a most time-and cost-efficient and zero-waste management principle.

The system is apt for a province known of its gold-rich Mt. Diwalwal and many mineralized districts where many gold strikes and finds by mere shallow diggings have been reported since the rise and intensification of small-scale mining in the 80s.

Besides Benedicto has recently completed a portable abaca stripper with clutch and brake as the government renewed its campaign in the recent years to boost abaca production in the countrysides.


Through all the 34 years that this eccentric inventor has been tinkering steel and designing machines, and noted first by his agricultural machines, he has never moved out from his headquarters from the backwoods of his town.

But his machines have already reached as far as Ecuador and Malaysia, and acquired or used by multinational firms, agriculture department, local government units, cooperatives, private corporations and private end users across the country.

Benedicto, now 52 years old, started from a scratch. He was barely 19 years old when he decided to quit college and pursued his fling of inventing something to help farmers in his town.

He has been fond of tinkering farming machines of his late farmer father and for  being associated with rice farmers in youth days in the farm, two years after, on meager P1,000 financial support of an older brother, he produced his own rice thresher out from metal scraps. He had it rented to the farmers for a fee.


From the mid 70s he has produced this range of farming machines and equipment: turtle power tiller, rice thresher, corn sheller, multigrain processing device, multigrain mechanical dryer, mobile multigrain winnower, corn seed dryer, rice and corn milling set, coconut decorticator, feedmill and more in various designs and models at the urging and want of buyers.

“These have been designed ala deep fried for coming out from ideas pursued with the people in our localities,” he said.

“Yes, there’s that passion to invent, I am just working then and now, designing is work and occupation to me,” says Benedicto, now evidently seen as the leader inventor-designer based midpoint in the northern phalanx of Davao Region’s provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Caraga region’s Agusan del Sur.

He got his first recognition as an inventor in 1987 when he was named as one of the national awardees of DoST, and by the Philippine Productivity Movement for his multigrain processing device, a rice thresher and multigrain sheller combined.


He invents, designs and innovates whatever people want him to make based on their specifications and suggestions.

“I come up a good design and better product since the idea is pursued collectively with the ones who make the order. I always consult them. I make observations. I read a lot of books and reading materials before. I weigh the pros and cons. I’ll tell the idea is not feasible when it isn’t feasible. I improve when there’s room for improvement. It cannot be that inventors would not listen to others,” Benedicto said.

And how he thanks now that he can easily browse the Internet for layers of knowledge on idea pursued in creating something good for country.

“I remain in my town since it’s here where I grew up and where my friends are, and besides there’s now no barrier in communicating your ideas with the world outside,” he said. (CHA MONFORTE)

OPINION: Forget Sto. Tomas and Nabunturan cityhood

Posted in bayugan agusan del sur, cabadbaran agusan del norte, comval, davao del norte, mati davao oriental, nabunturan, nabunturan cityhood, sto tomas davao del norte cityhoo, sto. tomas, tandag surigao del sur. requirements of cityhood with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2008 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

nov 20

There was that buzz last week that the cityhoood in Nabunturan is forthcoming. Was it another diversionary stuff for the P90-million bond flotation that the town’s administration pushes to be implemented? (The bond float pushers are now respondents to an injunction case filed by representatives of people initiative petitioners in town. We’ll not touch this for now at the risk of being held in contempt of court). But sadly, for Nabunturan, the cityhood isn’t really coming (so with Sto. Tomas in Davao del Norte) since the Supreme Court the other day struck out the 16 new cities including the near Mati in Davao Oriental, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte and Tandag, Surigao del Sur. They’re now back as municipalities!

Forget the costly hoopla and celebrations when these towns became cities via Congress and not via the requirements of the New Local Government Code. What now magistrates, when the “city” officials have been already called as city mayores, city vice mayores and city konsehales? Throw into the garbage cans their calling cards, stationeries, and discard the new  “city” logo and seal, or put white-outs to the word “city” in the birth and marriage certificates of those who were born and who married during the time when Mati, Bayugan, Cabadbaran and Tandag were still called as “cities”?

In declaring the 16 cityhoood laws unconstitutional, the High Couirt pointed out: “The Constitution is clear. The creation of local government units must follow the criteria established in the Local Government Code and not in any other law. There is only one Local Government Code. The Constitution requires Congress to stipulate in the Local Government Code all the criteria necessary for the creation of a city, including the conversion of a municipality into a city. Congress cannot write such criteria in any other law, like the Cityhood Laws.” It’s really a big sorry for our four neighboring towns.

The trouble with their city conversion was that they had their congressmen sponsored their respective cityhood bills when their annual income had not yet hit the P100-million mark. They asked for exemption for it and the Congress granted. That’s via legislative fiat.

Really, forget the congressmen unless they sponsor for the further revision of the New Local Government Code (LGC) and not file bill through the short-cut, backdoor route. You see there’s that ultra-resistence from the cities as the SC’s nullification came from the court case filed by the the league of cities. They, like Tagum City, just don’t want more towns to become cities to eat with them the big IRA allocation for the cities.

But now the real route to cityhood is the New Local Government Code, as amended. Through this, the 3 requirements are needed: 100 square kilometer land area, 150,000 population based on the latest 2007 census and P100 million annual income. Nabunturan has 245.26 sq. kms land area, check. In 2007 census, it has only 67,365 population, fail. By next month, the town’s real income is still less than P100 million as the P40-50 million is still a planned borrowing for the bond float. I said it before, at the very least, the town could only hit the 150,000 population mark in 15 years.

Monkayo is more dejado since it already has the land and income requirements. If Mayor Manuel Brillantes is wise enough, he’ll have to lobby for the correction of the wrong boundary line of Comval’s north and Monkayo gets big chunks of population of Laak, and the Agusan del Sur towns of Santa Josefa and Veruela, and presto, it immediately qualifies to become a city. In 2007 census, Monkayo has 90,971 population.

What’s in a name? Nabunturan town can still function like a city without a city tag if has all the amenities, facilites and services well in place for its residents to live in comfort and convenience. Unfortunately, the town administration of Mayor Macario Humol has apparently been lacking of efforts in delivering good, potable water for the poblacion residents. This, for one gauge alone. (For online edition, visit my blog at:, for comments and reactions, e-mail:, or

NEWS: Facing a mountain of court cases, Nabunturan Judge Clapis says “I’m no Superman”

Posted in atty. daniel campoamor, atty. rex lopoz, judge helarion clapis, judge juanito betonio, lopoz and lopoz law group, nabunturan, rtc nabunturan with tags , , on October 28, 2008 by cha monforte

oct 27

Pity the one and only Regional Trial Court judge in Compostela Valley for facing a mountain of court cases for him to decide.

The national average of cases at the salas of RTC judges is only about 800 cases but RTC Branch 3 Judge Hilarion Clapis Jr has todate over 2,700 cases clogging up in his sala at Nabunturan capital town.

For these, he conducts an average of 30 court hearings every working day and at times there are 45 cases listed for hearing in a day. Compared to the 6 RTCs in Davao del Norte, each sala could be fairly content of hearing an average of 10 cases in day, reckons the youthful Atty. Rex Lopoz of the Lopoz and Lopoz Law Group.

Each RTC sala in Davao del Norte has to contend only some 500 cases.

But the friendly judge though is apparently a trier of figures against hard realities dawning in his sala. He says: “I’m resolving cases as fast and as intelligently as I can, but I’m no Superman. The figure is too much”.

For this, Judge Clapis has no penchant of always allowing motions for postponements of hearings saying that “I like many lawyers coming over, debating in my sala everyday”.

He thanked the Integrated Bar of the Philippines- Davao del Norte-Compostela Valley Chapter chaired by Atty. Daniel Campoamor for the general membership meeting’s resolution on Friday asking the Senate and House of Representatives for the immediate creation of RTC salas in Compostela Valley.

Last Friday, in the bid of making justice accessible to the poor, the local IBP Chapter also asked the Supreme Court for two additional Public Attorney Office (PAO) lawyers for each of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley, and additional prosecutors for the latter province.

The lawyers group also asked the Supreme Court, for the immediate appointment of regular judges in the municipal circuit court for Compostela and New Bataan and the municipal trial court in Laak, which are currently served by Acting Judge Juanito Betonio (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)