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NEWS: Town anti-bond flotation group ready to file people’s initiative petition

Posted in nabunturan with tags , on September 24, 2008 by cha monforte

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The group that has been opposing the controversial P90-million bond flotation project of Nabunturan municipal government is now ready to file its people’s initiative petition before the Sangguniang Bayan after it managed to secure signatures of more than 200 registered voters in town.

In an interview, Antonio M.I. Mencidor, one of those authorized to file the petition complaint, said that the anti-bond float oppositors will file anytime this week to the SB their petition which seeks to repeal Municipal Ordinance No. 2008, that authorized the P90-million bond flotation that would fund for the construction of a new public market in town.

The project has been actively pushed by Mayor Macario Humol who is supported by Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin and eight of the 11 councilors.

Opposing the project are Councilors Raul Caballero, Alfonso Tabas Jr. and Editha Arangcon.

Under the New Local Government Code, a local initiative can be initiated or resorted by a minimum of 100 registered voters in the municipality to directly repeal an ordinance.

The Nabunturan bond float oppositors charged that the said municipal ordinance is exorbitant, extravagant, oppressive and grossly disadvantageous to the government.

In case the SB fails to act or disapproved on the petition within the time required by law, the oppositors have no option but appeal and petition the Comelec, which if it finds the petition meritorious will then set a date to put the petition in a referendum of all voters in the municipality, Mencidor said.

At the latest, the pro-bond float councilors enacted a supplemental budget last month providing an item for “P40-million borrowing”, which had confused the oppositors on why the municipal government would be resorting to borrowing when the local administration has all been telling that the bond float would not engage in a loan. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)

A changed Nabunturan

Posted in nabunturan with tags , on September 2, 2008 by cha monforte

My hometown Nabunturan has really changed, and fast it has been changing especially since when Compostela Valley was created in 1998, carved out from the once big Davao del Norte.

The first good thing that ever happened to Nabunturan was when it became the capital town of the new province. I knew there was that attempt of making Montevista as the capital town as the former Cong. Roger Sarmiento and the patriarch, the “grand old man of Davao politics“ Lorenzo “Enchong” had their political base at their spacious property in Montevista, which became the venue of gatherings of ward leaders and followers when the Sarmientos were then known to be the undisputed Comval political kingpins.

But the move to make Montevista the capital town was eventually waylaid in the process as Nabunturan proved to be the most progressive and the most strategic throughout the new province with its win-win location- that of being the most centrally proximate to the coastal towns of Maco, Mabini and Pantukan, to the mainland towns and to the highland towns of Maragusan and Laak.

The Sarmiento base in Montevista was a such a regular fixture then in Comval politics representing a mammoth political machinery, institution and convergence point of ward and patronage-driven followers who had come to knew better of Marcos than Cory Aquino or Fidel Ramos. In 2001 the Sarmientos were completely defeated by now ex-Gov. Jose Caballero (In 1998 elections he defeated Dona Luz and in 2001 Enchong’s son-political heir Roger, and since then the Sarmientos have been out of Comval politics until now). Now Nabunturan has the new Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy ruling from his base, the Capitol at the town’s Barangay Cabidianan.

From a humdrum, sleepy town, Nabunturan is definitely now a fast sub-urbanizing town in Davao Region given its observed high migration of people intending to reside and do business in the area. Besides the early entry of national government agencies which was associated with the province’s creation, there has been good entry of new businesses and locators, noticeable among which are appliance stores, pawnshops, banks, Tagum coop (which competes with the long-serving NICO), microlenders, bakeries, and lately gasoline stations-retailers.

It has Phoenix adjacent to Comval Hotel and Restaurant (former location of Tulio’s Park that was once a free and leisurely open space-cum-park of the parochial Nabunturanons in the 70s and 80s). Well, an investment decision is surefire indication that the town is practically progressing- not out of municipal policy and governance but by its central, spatial location aided by its being the capital town of the province and in-migration of people from other places.

The town’s main street that I have been singing paeans every now and then in various essays is the present Lauro Arabejo St, then known as Hot River Avenue and then Dr. Jose Rizal Avenue, now renamed in honor of the first mayor of original Compostela (Nabunturan was then part of the bigger Compostela consisting the mainland towns). The street is a living witness of the devout religiosity of the pioneer and early-residing Catholic townfolks as when they paused in the 70s wherever they were as soon as the Church bell sounded off for the 6 pm Angelus prayer (can we have that pause tradition repeated now?). It’s understandable as the town was one of the centers in the missionary activities of the Maryknoll priests among them Fr. John Lennon who founded today’s multi-millionaire coop, the NICO out from Bayanihan against rat infestatons in the early 70s. The town is also the chosen base locale of the Assumption (fma) Canadian sisters whose school, ACN, has greatly influenced the town’s religiosity and education.

But L. Arabejo St. also witnessed the carefree growing up and expressions of a many sons and daughters of Nabunturan. It was then like Cebu’s Uptown stretch with its  peaceful, merry nocturnal bars and joints during the jukebox to karaoke eras. The street had changed face now as only the neon lights and lighted tarpaulin billboards of businesses come to rule its nighttime skyline.

Now under the videoke (karavision) era, Nabunturan nighttime pulsates with life (at your own risk though) in videoke bars populated by GROs at the market area, nay many of which leasing in public tiendas. But the lively gyration in the place had paused immediately following such dastard grenade-throwing at the Park and Go bakery by the terrorist ex-Army man. Is he already arrested? So he could be put in jail reclusion perpetua to answer for the 4 deaths and 12 injured he victimized and for the worst panic and terror he made to the peace-loving townfolks.Such ominously signaled an unwanted urban character in the once sleepy town.

So sooner- we would be having the Oct. 3 fiesta. Come join with us while we could yet celebrate. That is, while the extravagant bond flotation isn’t yet realized. Well, the ambitious project of the Mayor Macario Humol could certainly push higher the already skyrocketing prices of basic commodities sold from the projected new market which pegs exorbitant monthly rentals and advances. That is, too, if the building turns out not to be a wasteful White Elephant, or if it could not dislocate the poor market vendors at all. But, that is, finally- if the hated bond float isn’t stooped by a people’s initiative and referendum.

It is unfortunate now that somehow the boon in Nabunturan out of the completed provincehood spawns banes such as when prostitution had dawned to be no longer condemnable and shocking unlike before when a few bad town officials brought along beautiful city girls wearing skimpy attire for a nightout of town’s “discoteque” affair would easily earn in the next morning a censure and ridicule from among the then largely conservative townfolk.Susmaryusep! a chorus was once heard from among the CWLs.

Oh how the once serene Nabunturan has really changed now. (For online edition, visit my blog at:, e-mail:


Posted in nabunturan bond flotation with tags , , , on August 14, 2008 by cha monforte

By Cha Monforte

We’ve heard lately that several among the pro-bond flotation pushers in Nabunturan have already run out of reasons in justifying the exorbitant and extravagant P90-million public market building. Instead of rebutting squarely the project-bounded issues from the growing number of oppositors to the bond float that would only construct an excessively expensive market building, which would surely become a White Elephant, they have hoodwinked the people by the false reasoning that the Nabunturan cityhood could not push through if the SOB bond float could not be materialized. Santa banana!

We’ll pick this latest falsity on the discussion board. It’s clear as the sky that the Nabunturan would never be converted to a city now and in the near future. Reason: it fails on two of the three requirements of converting a town to a city. Nabunturan’s total income from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) and local sources runs over P80 million only versus the required minimum of P100 million. Failure one. Based on the latest official census in 2007, Nabunturan has only 67,365 versus the required minimum of 150,000. Failure two. Only in the land area requirement does Nabunturan meet. The town has 245.29 square kilometers versus the required 100 sq. kms.

Simple statistics just cast a pale of doom to the bloated claim of Nabunturan officials that it is leading to a path of cityhood. The biggest obstacle of Nabunturan cityhood lies in its lacking population. Even if we take a greater annual population growth rate of 2.5 percent instead of its 2.3 percent, and by a progressing cumulative projection, the town population can only hit the required 150,000 by 2040 or 32 years from now. But since there’s this geometric behavior of the population to increase, we take Malthus seriously and cut by half my projected 32 years for Nabunturan to hit 150,000 persons. But in this still Nabunturan needs 15 years of waiting to become a city, at the very least.

Another selfish reason that stymies the cityhood bid of my hometown Nabunturan is the resistance of the existing cities to the conversion of towns to become cities as they don’t like seeing newcomers competing to bite for the IRA pie allocated for the cities. The existing cities and even the newcomers like the fortunate Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte and Bayugan in Agusan del Sur which became cities just this year and Mati in Davao Oriental in last year fear that if there would be more cities to come, in the end they would be munching smaller slices of the IRA pie.

With this, it is understandable now that the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) has been fighting tooth-and-nail for the stoppage of city conversion in various fronts: lobbying the President to veto an approved cityhood bill, to Congress for a resolution declaring moratorium on cityhood bills and increasing conversion requirements, and going to the Supreme Court to ask for restraining orders to stop towns from holding cityhood plebiscites.

With this LCP selfish and strong resistance, it’s another waste of government resources and time for the Nabunturan officials to go into Lakbay Aral or study tours on cityhood or go into lobbying faraway national corridors of powers in Imperial Manila. And given the glaring population obstacle Nabunturan has or the lengthy years needed to hit the 150,000 population mark, it’s one great falsity to make the Nabunturan cityhood a crying reason of the bond flotation pushers. It seems they are now going bankrupt of their justifications and alibis for this all-too ambitious project that is doomed from the start.

For this cityhood false reasoning, we have this adage in vernacular: “Atika ang tatay mo, ayaw ko” (For online edition, visit my blog at:

NEWS: Municipal councilors baffled on P40 M loan for Nabunturan bond float

Posted in nabunturan bond flotation, raul caballero with tags , , , , , , , on August 13, 2008 by cha monforte

The P40 million borrowing approved by the majority in Tuesday’s session of the Sangguniang Bayan of Nabunturan has baffled three councilors opposing the controversial P90-million bond flotation which is starting to be fully underway at present.

Opposing Councilors Raul Caballero, Alfonso “Jun” Tabas Jr and Editha Arangcon were reportedly confused over the item “P40 million borrowing” included in the P42.84-million second supplemental budget ordinance that was passed after Vice Mayor Romeo Clarin reportedly cut short Tabas by suddenly calling for the voting of the measure with words “para mahuman na ni” (so this will end).

By that, Tabas was reportedly restrained while on the thick of debating amidst the alleged ganging up of the majority members on him.
The pro-bond float majority immediately voted and passed the budget ordinance following rowdy deliberation with the questioning minority councilors.

Tabas said in an interview that he was confused over the purpose and source of the borrowing, which has not specified any government financing institution.

He said that the P40-million borrowing was not a transparent item as it neither said of a bank nor said it would go for the bond flotation’s obligations.

Caballero, on the other hand, said that the measure rushed by the majority only confirmed the suspicion that under the bond flotation the municipal government would borrow after all contrary to what has been propagandized earlier that the scheme would not contract a loan but only source money from the bond float investors.

In the budget ordinance sought as urgent by Mayor Macario Humol, the P40-million borrowing was stated to be the budget for the construction of the commercial market complex, the object of the bond float project.

Also on Tuesday’s session a resolution was approved by the majority which lifted the confidentiality of the bank accounts of the municipal government in its depository bank, Land Bank of the Philippines in so far as the Department of Finance and the Central Bank are concerned.

Proponents said it was a requirement under the bond flotation project to allow the DoF and Central Bank to assess the financial standing including the Internal Revenue Allotment remittances for the proponent local government unit.

As required, the DoF would still assess the feasibility study of the project before it will make its endorsement for the final go signal for the funding start of the project.

As this developed, bond float oppositors have reportedly heightened their signature campaign to repeal the controversial ordinance under the people’s initiative provision as spelled out under the Local Government Code.

Also on Tuesday, oppositors mostly coming from the market vendors whose stalls were gutted by fire three years ago signed the petition at the open municipal gym at the public market. They were joined in by the minority councilors.

The town’s market vendors have been apprehensive that the project would dislocate them from their livelihood as the proposed public market building has high monthly rentals amounting to not less than P10,500 for the minimum 10-square meter stall based on the approved project’s feasibility study.

The bond float has been criticized to be exorbitant and expensive project that the oppositors said would not only dislocate the lowly market vendors but also strain the delivery of basic government services in the next ten years after the term of the last-termer mayor.

They said that that the town’s IRA is made the sinking-fund source and collateral for the obligations attendant to bond float. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)