Monkayo, Compostela Valley


Monkayo, Compostela Valley
Municipality Of Monkayo
Town of Monkayo
Nickname(s): Gold Ore Capital Of Compostela Valley
Map of Monkayo and the province of Compostela Valley
Country Philippines
Region Davao Region (Region XI)
Barangays 21
Incorporated (town) Sept. 14, 1954
Government
 - Mayor Manuel Brilliantes
 - Vice Mayor Avelino Cabag
Population (2007)
 - Total 90,971
Demonym Monkaweños
Time zone PST (UTC+9)

Monkayo is a 1st class municipality in the province of Compostela Valley, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 90, 971 people. It has 21 barangays, with Mt. Diwata, having the biggest population of 16, 965 people. Monkayo is an agricultural town, with vast tracks of land planted to rice and banana. The municipality is also host to the gold-rich barangay of Mt. Diwata, popularly known as "Diwalwal" (which in the local dialect means one's tongue is hanging out due to exhaustion), a 1,000-meter high range known worldwide for its rich gold ore deposit. Monkayo's seat of government is located in barangay Poblacion, a highly-developed rural town center, and is 120 kilometers away from Mindanao's regional center of Davao City, and some 30 kilometers from Nabunturan, the provincial center.

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Barangays

Monkayo is politically subdivided into 21 barangays.

  • Awao
  • Babag - a barangay of the municipality Monkayo, Compostela Valley in Davao Region with 3,298 residents by the end of 2008.
  • Banlag
  • Baylo
  • Casoon
  • Inambatan
  • Haguimitan
  • Macopa
  • Mamunga
  • Naboc - a barangay of the municipality of Monkayo in the province of Compostela Valley,Region XI,Mindanao Island, Philippines. Naboc had 3,500 residents at the end of year 2008. Naboc produces rubber,rice,corn,banana,coconut, and root crops like sweet potato and cassava. The barangay fiesta of Naboc is celebrated every 28th of August and its founding anniversary is celebrated every 22nd of March. The chief executive of the barangay is the Barangay Captain or Punong Barangay who leads the barangay council of eight (8) members.
  • Pasian (Santa Filomena)
  • Poblacion
  • Rizal
  • Salvacion
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • Tubo-tubo (New Del Monte)
  • Olaycon
  • Upper Ulip
  • Union
  • Mount Diwata

Brief history

Monkayo, as a municipality was created by virtue of an Executive Order signed by the late President Ramon Magsaysay on Sept. 14, 1954.

The town's pre-World War II settlers were lumads, or indigenous peoples consisting of the so-called "Four Tribes"--the Mandayas, Dibabawons, Mansakas and Manobos. These tribes dominated practically all of what is now Monkayo.

During World War II, the battle was fought in Monkayo by joint Filipino and American troops with the local guerrilla fighters against the Japanese Imperial forces.

Monkayo's development was spurred immediately after the liberation from Japanese invasion. And in the 1950s,abaca trade along the Agusan River flourished. Settlers from the Visayas and Luzon also came, as well as Chinese traders who established a trading post in the mouth of Agusan River along the delta of what is now called Barangay San Jose. Boats plied from Monkayo bringing goods to other trading centers along the Agusan River towards further north up to Butuan City.

The construction of the Davao-Agusan Daang Maharlika (Pan-Philippine Highway) further fast-tracked the town's development. More businesses came in, and the "motorboat economy" brought about by the trade along the Agusan River slowly vanished as overland travel from Davao City to Butuan City was enhanced. The road network shortened the travel time from Davao to Butuan and eventually to other key cities in Mindanao.

Industry

Major industries as of 2006:

  • Compostela Plantation, Inc.

Monkayo Banana Exporter

  • Comval Tropical Fruit, Inc.

Monkayo Banana Exporter

  • JB Mining Corporation

Monkayo Mining/Gold Processing Plant

  • Philippine Long Distance Company

Monkayo Telecommunications

  • PhilCom Corporation

Monkayo Telecommunications

  • Bulbscor Minerals Corporation

Monkayo Mining/Gold Processing Plant

  • Blucor Minerals Corporation

Monkayo Mining/Gold Processing Plant

  • Northsun Corporation

Monkayo Mining/Gold Processing Plant

  • Sunshine Corporation

Monkayo Mining/Gold Processing Plant

  • Australia Corporation

Monkayo Mining/Gold Processing Plant

Schools

Elementary

There are 37 public elementary schools within Monkayo, namely;

  • Anagase Elementary School, located at Casoon
  • Awao Elementary School, located at Awao
  • Bagong Taas Elementary School, located at Haguimitan
  • Babag Elementary School, located at Babag
  • Banlag Elementary School, located at Banlag
  • Baylo Elementary School, located at Baylo
  • BLISS Elementary School, located at Poblacion
  • Boay Elementary School, located at Salvacion
  • Cabangkalan Elementary School, located at Casoon
  • Casoon Elementary School, located at Casoon
  • Depot Elementary School, located at Upper Ulip
  • Haguimitan Elementary School, located at Haguimitan
  • Inambatan Elementary School, located at Inambatan
  • Liwanag Elementary School, located at Banlag
  • Mabuhay Elementary School, located at Awao
  • Macopa Elementary School, located at Macopa
  • Mamunga Elementary School, located at Mamunga
  • Matangad Elementary School, located at Upper Ulip
  • Monkayo Central Elementary School, located at Poblacion
  • Moria Elementary School, located at Banlag
  • Mt. Diwata Elementary School, located at Mt. Diwata
  • Munoz Elementary School, located at Union
  • Naboc Elementary School, located at Naboc
  • New Kapatagan Elementary School, located at Casoon
  • Olaycon Elementary School, located at Olaycon
  • Paco Primary School, located at Banlag
  • Pasian Elementary School, located at Pasian
  • Pilar Elementary School, located at Babag
  • Rizal Elementary School, located at Rizal
  • Samuag Elementary School, located at Salvacion
  • San Jose Elementary School, located at San Jose
  • San Isidro Elementary School, located at San Isidro
  • Sugod Elementary School, located at Union
  • Totoy Elementary School, located at San Jose
  • Tuburan Elementary School, located at Casoon
  • Tubo-tubo Elementary School, located at Tubo-tubo
  • Ulip Elementary School, located at Upper Ulip

There are also two (2) private elementary schools, namely;

  • Casa Amazing Grace School and Agape Christian Academy, all of Poblacion
Secondary

Public High Schools:

  • Awao National High School, located at Awao
  • Babag National High School, located at Babag
  • Casoon National High School, located at Casoon
  • Monkayo National High School, located at Poblacion
  • Mt. Diwata National High School, located at Mt.Diwata
  • Pasian National High School, located at Pasian
  • Tubo-tubo National High School, located at Tubo-tubo
  • Union National High School, located at Union
  • Upper Ulip National High School, located at Upper Ulip.
Private High School
  • Assumption Academy of Monkayo, Inc., located at Poblacion
Tertiary
  • Bukidnon State University (BSU)
  • Monkayo College of Arts Science And Technology (MONCAST)

The former is state-run while the latter is funded and administered by the municipal government of Monkayo.

  • Mt. Diwata College of Arts Science And Technology (MDCAST)

Tourist Spot

Kumbilan Cave(Casoon) Kumbilan Cave has tunnel-like features and wide chambers laden with beautiful formations. The presence of stalactites and stalagmites and other formations in one chamber of the cave responds to educational needs with regards to cave evaluation. Fauna observed as occupants of the cave are snakes and fruit flies. The cave is home to the "kabyaw" fruit bats.

Mt. Diwalwal

A small town of 40 000 people, mostly migrants from Surigao, Agusan and Cebu - all dependent on gold. Small-scale mining has been their major industry since the gold-rush in the area in the 80’s. Diwalwal literally means lawit because old folks say when you reach the place diwawal na ang dila mo or lawit na ang dila mo. Diwalwal is a relatively quiet town but recently caught the headlines when an estimated 25 miners died on October 25 inside a tunnel allegedly due to toxic gas suffocation.

Seven Waterfalls of Awao

The gushing water coming from above was not that high in volume but still it does relaxed our bodies from the stroke of strong current. The falls is really wide if it was all occupied with water, water is cold but not chilling and it is noticeable that the fauna on it’s surroundings as well as the moss that was formed above the rocks where the falls are flowing are still thick indicating that this falls is not frequently visited by outsiders.

Octagon Farm

Upper Ulip Hot Spring

Lantawanan Inland Resort (Union)

Inland Resort of Maite

Pasian Caves

Sagay Falls of Salvacion

Buenas Creek Inland Resort (Mt. Diwata)

Magdagandang Falls,

Culture and Heritage

Another Spanish influence that remains up to this day is the observance and celebration of barrios, or villages, of the day of their respective patron saint called "Fiesta". It is in these celebrations wherein songs, dances and other forms of arts and merrymaking from various cultures have evolved creatively into the sights and sounds of Monkayo now.

Kariyawan Festival

The festival features pageantry with a Monkayo queen from one of the prominent families of the place, and a cockfight at the Monkayo Sports complex,where cockfighting aficionados from all over the province converge .

Binibining Monkayo

Is the organization responsible for sponsoring the annual town beauty pageant which selects the beautiful girl throughout the municipality.

Monkayo Idol

The innovative municipal-wide search for the most talented and versatile homegrown young singers, has opened a new dimension for the youth program of the Municipal government of Monkayo.

Drum and Bugle

Is a musical marching unit (similar to a marching band) consisting of brass instruments, percussion instruments, and color guard. Typically operating as independent non-profit organizations, they perform in competitions, parades, festivals, and other civic functions. Participants from different schools throughout the town compete for the title.

Monkayo Fiesta

Monkayo's celebration of the Feast of St. Ignatius de Loyola every July 31 is well-known in the Philippines.

Araw ng Monkayo

It is the heart of all celebrations in Monkayo. Furthermore, the celebration falls on the fourth day of September.

External links

Coordinates: 7°49′N 126°03′E / 7.817°N 126.05°E / 7.817; 126.05


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