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    1998-Present

  • Profile

    Early Age

    The fatherly Mayor of the Municipality of Don Carlos was born on May 2, 1941 in Cebu City. He studied at the University of Visayas, Cebu City from elementary to College.At the age of 22, FELIX SUN MANZANO got married to Felisa See, which union was blessed with 4 children.

    Public Service Career

    He started his public career in 1998 when he got elected as the Municipal Mayor of what was then a small town – Don Carlos. Now a septuagenarian, Mayor Manzano has a fondness for the direct, practical, no-nonsense leadership which has been reflected in his daily regimen of paperwork and the eager reception of guests from all walks of life. He always has such ready and effortless solutions to all concerns which come from a deep well of hard-earned knowledge, common sense, and experience.

    After his first term, he was re-elected 2001 for another 3 years and again in 2004, winning the latter with a landslide victory. His nine-year tenure as Mayor was highlighted by significant achievements. He introduced reforms in the Municipal Government of Don Carlos; and most of all, being a project-oriented leader, he practically implemented various infrastructure projects.

    Enter the dreams of the not-so-distant future, Don Carlos as a progressive capital and trade center of Southern Bukidnon, the good mayor plots the course of the municipality with a creative hand, and with the love and support of his people, many more surprises await.

    Despite his high position, not to mention his personal wealth and affluence, he leads a simple life and has remained the same good and humble companion to old friends and constituents with his famous “pik-pik” with matching “agbay”. This, coupled with his outstanding performance, and his ability to make –do with limited resources, brought about a strong public demand for his return to the political scene after three years of silence. Thus his re-election last 2010 and again his present term beginning July 2013.

    His comeback in the limelight has gained a mixture of insights. But for him, it is for no other reason than that for the exigency of public service.

  • Message

    Welcome!

    Visit Don Carlos. It offers you a great deal of quiet, and relaxation. If you are used to the hustle and bustle of city life, here's the place where you still feel the cool and tranquil touch of nature, and most importantly, the smiling accommodation of a sweet and gentle people.

    Make no mistake; Don Carlos is no backward rural retreat. It's definitely not out of touch of modern technology. And it is not the type of place that will bore you for a lack of fun and enjoyment.

    Being unspoiled by any natural calamity, it has in addition to a flourishing agricultural economy, a promising market of an ever- progressing population. Schools are accessible, health care is provided, and all the host of reasons why the population in general tends to grow not only in number, but in the quality of life.

  • Plans and Programs
    • Economic Management

      Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management

      Obviously we are now in an era where disaster mitigation is seriously included in our priority endeavors. Hence for the past years our local government has included in its annual investment plan the appropriations for local disaster risk reduction management. As of this planning period the institutionalization of LDRRM office with office staff complement, procurement of needed equipment and facilities and capability training of staff and volunteers is seen as one of the most important steps the LGU will attained.


      Health and Nutrition

      The growth rate of the municipality is 1.49% as of 2010; and peering at the population of 0-17 years old of the municipality, it shows a greater population of 26, 309 in 2012 compared to 21, 235 in 2011. Of the 69, 342 population of this municipality, 37.94% are 0- 17 years old. And of this 37.94%, the largest percentage of 47.26% is enrolled in the elementary, and 18.93% is enrolled in high school.
       
      Newborn babies reported during the cy 2012 has a total number of 1081 deliveries of which 1040 are normal deliveries wherein 688 are home deliveries and 58 are hospital delivery. Since maternal and newborn health is fragile during this stage. During and after pregnancy, postpartum service is always provided. Providing the right and early protection of the child’s health against illnesses is necessary. The annual health report has shown a 100% of Child Protected at Birth (CPAB). The Municipal Health Office also caters Newborn Screening. Infants referred to Newborn Screening were 759. But a considerable number of mothers did not avail the services. Infants exclusively breastfeed up to six (6) months in 2012 were 1,255 which is 87.45% out of the annual target of 1,435.
       
      Garantisadong Pambata (GP) program was successfully undertaken on the months of April and October. This program has total recipients of 16,784 of 0 – 59 months old children from the 29 barangays. Deworming of 12 – 71 mos. children was also done with a 18,109 recipients.

      The local government also supported the dental services provided to schoolchildren wherein the children were taught on the proper oral care .The Barangay Dental Auxiliary (BDA) continue promoting advocacy on dental care through Purok visitation and meetings.
       
      Comparing the year of 2012 with 2011 on the nutrition situation of the preschoolers’ and school children in the municipality, it shows an increased number of children with normal weight; and a decreased numbers of underweight and severely underweight children compared to previous year. Supplemental food and feeding like Vitameal, breakfast feeding, milk feeding was provided by the government to the severely underweight children. The families of children which are underweight were given vegetable seeds to augment their nutritious food supply.

      The municipality has 43 public Day Care Center (DCC) and ten supervised neighborhood plays (SNP) in which enrollees has a total of 1,857. Each of this DCC has a Day Care Worker whose functions are critical because this is start of the formative years of a child and guiding the children in the enrichment of their experience through facilitating the creative, learning and play environment. Private kindergarten schools also exist in the municipality. There are three (3) Private Preschools located in the Poblacion Sur, two (2) at Don Carlos Norte, and one (1) in Barangay Bocboc. These private Preschools have total enrollees of 224.
       
      Being active in supporting the Child Friendly Movement, for the last two (2) years, this local government achieved a good standing being 2nd runner-up and 4th runner-up in the said CFM provincewide evaluation. One key factor visibly lacking is the playground apparatus for children. The LGU has taken steps to provide additional playground apparatus for the development of awareness of the children’s social and positive behavior through work, play and leisure.

       

      Water Supply

      Water is life! One of the Millennium Development Goals is to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Similarly it is also one of the primary concerns of this LGU, the provision of adequate and sustainable water supply. Thus, provision of ample potable supply to the thirteen identified barangays which has an immediate need of it in the earliest possible time is being pursued by the local government. As of this planning period the LGU is occupied in fast tracking the implementation of the water system project which will initially serve three barangays (Kasigkot, Pualas and Old Nongnongan) and eventually will serve more barangays.

       

      Education

      Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardor and diligence. Support for education of the local government is highly reflected in the budget appropriations allotted for the Special Education Fund. All of the 29 barangays have public pre-school and elementary school. The municipality has also seven (7) National High Schools which are strategically located to help parents and students in their dream of having an accessible public school.
       
      Local government of this municipality has also promoted affordable college education through the subsidized Don Carlos Polytechnic College (DCPC). Accreditations of the courses offered in this college are vigorously supported by the LGU in order that the students will be at par with other graduates from other schools. A TESDA center is also located in the municipality and caters to people even from outside this municipality. Active support to TESDA programs is extended by the LGU.
      Peace and Order

      The maintenance of Peace and Order of the municipality is one of the major concerns of the local government. Although the municipality is generally peaceful and it has a good number of law enforcers yet there is a presence of some petty crimes. Land ownership problem has also threatened the peace and order situation of some barangays in this municipality. This problem particularly happens in barangays Pualas and Maraymaray.

       

      Illegal Drugs

      Drug abuse is a globally recognized problem that cause havoc to human’s life. Sadly it seems that the illegal drugs use is at an alarming rate and the number of reports of drug related crime is somewhat common already.

      Illegal drugs proliferation in this municipality is undeniably a problem that needs curtailment. Yet in reality this is easily said than done. Failure to do this could mean there will be further deterioration within many in our community and worrying implications for the future.
       

      Concerned agencies had seen the immediate need to educate young people as to the dangers of drug use and to help the people who are addicted to it. Initiatives on intensifying anti-illegal drugs activities and advocacy were done through the collective efforts of the local law enforcers and local government.
      Indigenous People

      The municipality of Don Carlos is one of the municipalities which already have an IP representative in the legislative office or the Sanggunian Bayan Council. This is a manifestation of the LGUs active support to the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act of 1997 (RA 8371). The local government sees to it that the IPs is continually supported in all their undertakings. During important occasions like fiesta and the foundation day of the municipality the IPs are active in showcasing their culture and traditions through various arts such as music, playing of musical instruments, dances and trivia.

    • Environment Management

      Solid Waste Management

      The local government has created an Ecological Solid Waste Management Board (ESWMB) to lead in the implementation and enforcements of the RA 9003 otherwise known as the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000”.But it has no organizational structure to handle implementation of solid waste management program. The LGU is burden by the absence of final waste disposal and MRF which is detrimental in sustaining health and sanitation. Obviously this is non-compliance to Environmental and Sanitation Code. The estimated 6.5mt./day mixed garbage dumped at the temporary dumpsite will eventually be too much for this area. This situation is aggravated because only few of the households from Poblacion are practicing waste segregation and these areas covered for collections are highly populated barangays with 3,832 households with only two (2) garbage compactors available catering these barangays.
       
      Solution to this garbage problem is too tasking. Thus LGU present administration has to move mountains to have this fixed. This is one of the priority goals of this administration to ultimately solve this issue.


      Greening Program

      The local government of Don Carlos has actively supported the National Greening Program (NGP) in pursuance to Executive Order No. 26 issued on Feb. 24, 2011 by President Benigno S. Aquino III. This is visibly seen in the various tree planting activities sponsored by the LGU for the past years. Moreover, 62 hectares Molave Reforestation is at San Antonio East of this municipality which has fully grown trees.
       
      Contributing to the government effort of greening the Philippines and mitigating the effect of climate change is demonstrated in the following tree planting and growing activities by this LGU. Areas planted for NGP are at DCPC, Don Carlos Norte, Lake Pinamaloy Municipal Tree Park and Pinamaloy Elementary School at Barangay Pinamaloy.This is estimated to have a total area of 14 hectares.

      Bottom-up budgeting Poverty Alleviation for Sustainable Environmental Program supported by the LGU has 18 hectares at Barangay Pualas which is a CBFM Project.
       
      Barangays Cabadiangan and San Francisco of this municipality are also the location of the Bukidnon Tree Growing Program which has 9.0 hectares total area with a 5,000 seedlings distributed to these barangays.

      The provincial government has also distributed a total of 800 Falcata seedlings to the 3 barangays, Barangays Pualas, Masimag and Bismartz. There were also a total of 500 Giant Bamboo seedlings delivered by the Province to the 29 barangays of this municipality.
       
      The ongoing formulation of the Watershed Management Framework Plan of the Province of Bukidnon is actively participated and supported by this local government.

    • Economic Sectors

      Agriculture

      The economy of the municipality relies mainly on agriculture. Besides it is blessed with fertile and productive soil of the area and also with a relatively flat topography which is suitable for cultivation of various crops. Agricultural land area is 82.68% of the total land area of the municipality which are classified as A&D, Timberland and Production Forest. These areas are planted with different crops and widely cultivated crops are sugarcane, corn and rice. Also present in the municipality is a pineapple plantation operated by the Southern Fresh Products, Inc. (DAVCO) which occupies considerable areas at barangays Maraymaray and San Nicolas. Rubber and coconut plants have also occupied significant areas. Investors are also attracted in the suitability for Agro-Industrial processing facility (i.e. Palm Oil processing and Biomass renewal energy generation) of the area owing also to the strategic location of the municipality. Hog production on backyard level has also been seen as a widespread and the presence of one large scale piggery. Tree seedling nurseries are also thriving in the municipality which is propelled also by the demand due to the massive tree planting program of the government and the farmers who wish to diversify.
       
      Active support by the local government to the agriculture sector is visibly seen in the employment of thirteen (13) Agricultural Technicians in order to assist the 29 barangays in implementing the agriculture related programs/projects/activities supported by the LGU. The Municipal Agriculture Office has also maintained the existing demo farm at Barangay Sinangguyan.
       
      Furthermore, the municipality is also a recipient of foreign funded programs spearheaded by the national and provincial government to help the farmers in the municipality. One such funding is from the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) that supports enhancement of agriculture productivity thru improved Post-harvest facilities and other support programs for farmers.

       

      Tourism

      Tourism will provide a catalyst for economic growth in an area and job opportunities and will also help to diversify over-specialized economies.The municipality’s advantage lies on some factors such as the city planned municipal streets and presence of the potential tourist spots and eventually the proposed Bukidnon Domestic Airport.
       
      Lake Pinamaloy, the landmark of Don Carlos which is the located within the Barangay Poblacion Sur and adjacent to Barangay Pinamaloy is one of the frequently visited tourist spot of the municipality. It has the potential of drawing more people to visit this spot due to its easy accessibility and its natural beauty. The local government has constructed a tourism building on this spot and is venue to various important functions such as weddings and birthday celebrations.
       
      Additionally, tourism supports a broader and more vibrant and active community by attracting arts, sports or cultural events. Sports draw tourist to the municipality and help maintain and maximized utilization of sports facility. This is the where the municipality is proud of; with the presence of the new gymnasium which features wood tiles for its flooring and digital scoring board. This facility was venue to basketball tournaments during the town fiesta and foundation day. Basketball teams from the colleges and universities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao has been in this gym for a very exciting games.

       

      Local Revenues

      The LGPMS 2012 survey result of the municipality has shown a Dependency Rate from external revenue source of 75.72% and Locally-source Revenues to Total Income is 24.28%; an implication that the municipality is highly dependent on IRA. In maintaining a strong fiscal position with prudent and efficient use of government funds keep the local government financially buoyant and healthy.
       
      Gearing up to tackle the issue on the limited local income of the municipality, the local government have seen the need of reviewing the existing Municipal Revenue Code and other related laws and strategies that support it to further increase the local income. It also aims to streamline the Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) in compliance to ARTA Law.Hoping this will spur sustainable economic and inclusive growth and will also result to employment generation. Those actions are part of the goals of this administration.
      Governance and Administration Sector

      Adherence to the Local Government Code (RA 7160) on the basic tenets of good local governance is painstakingly observed by the local government of Don Carlos. The administration of the fatherly Mayor of the Municipality of Don Carlos is anchored on the battle cry, “Usbong Don Carlos“- a living testament of good governance and true dedicated service; deemed to make Don Carlos flourish - achieve peace, vitality and progress.
       
      The six (6) point agenda for the vitality and progress of Don Carlos clearly states the priority concern of this administration, building a culture of transparency, accountability and participatory governance, with competent and efficient human resource, equipped with modern technologies under the guidance of Divine Providence that will surely provide our people with fast, effective, honest and better delivery of basic services.
       
      Compliance to the Full Disclosure Policy (FDP) by this local government is ensured through the collaborative efforts of the various responsible offices. This is seen in the posted local government transactions and activities in three conspicuous places in the municipality to ensure proper dissemination. Such endeavor is evidently rewarded with the conferment of the most coveted “Seal of Good Housekeeping” (SGH) award to this LGU. This award has given us access to various government programs prominent to this is the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) and BUB. Replicating it or surpassing it and continuously keep the honor is a great challenge the LGU will have to conquer. In addition to this is the on-going website project of the LGU which will thoroughly support transparency.
       
      Our local executive demands the excellent performance of duties and responsibilities of the LGU workforce in order to provide the services that is seen to propel in transforming our community into progress and improve the lives of the constituents. This will be strengthen with the implementation of the Program on Rewards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) for local government workforce to encourage creativity, innovativeness, efficiency, integrity and productivity in the delivery of public service. Complimenting the expected exceptional performance is the upgrading of positions which is one of the goals of this administration.
       
      Reverence to our dear departed ones is deeply ingrained in our culture. The development of a public cemetery does not only handle issues on culture and tradition but similarly with health and sanitation and the environment. The local government acknowledges such big responsibility on this matter. Subtly, this administration has been on a quest on solving this present situation of our congested municipal public cemetery.
       
      Additionally to support the LGU implementation of plans particularly on the completion of Infra Projects the need to acquire heavy equipment is vital. The various projects undertaken by this LGU particularly on post harvest facilities and also the implementation of ESWM and other infra projects necessarily need the heavy equipment. Hence, it is also one of the priority programs of this local government to acquire new heavy equipment.
       
      Participatory governance is mirrored in engaging the citizens’ and CSOs in local governance. Wider people’s participation is manifested in the CSOs participation in decision making through the Local Special Bodies and CSO involvement in local development projects of this LGU. Bottom – up Budgeting for instance is actively participated by CSOs.

  • Awards and Recognitions

    Nutrition Honor Awardee for Maintenance, Provincial Nutrition Awarding Ceremony

    November 27,2013

    2012 Silver Grade, Seal of Good Housekeeping Award, Department of Interior and Local Government

    November 22, 2013

    Regional Winners/Awardees to the 2013 Quality Corn Achievers “AEW Category”, Department of Agriculture

    October 18, 2013

    2002 Nutrition Honor Awardee for Maintenance, Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony 2013

    October 4, 2013

    Mapanghikayat Award, (National Voluntary Blood Services Program), Department of Health

    July 26, 2013

    Incentive Award for High RPT Collection Efficiency for CY 2012

    January 2013

    National Hall of Fame Awardee “Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran 2012”, Governor Calingasan Award for the Cleanest and Greenest Inland Bodies of Water

    January 7, 2013

    “Second Runner up” for the Search on Women and Child-Friendly Local Government Unit for CY 2011

    January 7, 2013

    Champion “ Search for Well-Maintained Tourist Spots”, 5thProvincial Tourism Week Celebration 2012 (Lake Category)

    September 2012

    Seal of Good Housekeeping Award CY 2011, Department of Interior and Local Government

    October 2012

    Outstanding LGUs in the Search for 2011 Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers’ Awards, Department of Agriculture – RFU 10

    May 31, 2012

Early Age

The fatherly Mayor of the Municipality of Don Carlos was born on May 2, 1941 in Cebu City. He studied at the University of Visayas, Cebu City from elementary to College.At the age of 22, FELIX SUN MANZANO got married to Felisa See, which union was blessed with 4 children.

Public Service Career

He started his public career in 1998 when he got elected as the Municipal Mayor of what was then a small town – Don Carlos. Now a septuagenarian, Mayor Manzano has a fondness for the direct, practical, no-nonsense leadership which has been reflected in his daily regimen of paperwork and the eager reception of guests from all walks of life. He always has such ready and effortless solutions to all concerns which come from a deep well of hard-earned knowledge, common sense, and experience.

After his first term, he was re-elected 2001 for another 3 years and again in 2004, winning the latter with a landslide victory. His nine-year tenure as Mayor was highlighted by significant achievements. He introduced reforms in the Municipal Government of Don Carlos; and most of all, being a project-oriented leader, he practically implemented various infrastructure projects.

Enter the dreams of the not-so-distant future, Don Carlos as a progressive capital and trade center of Southern Bukidnon, the good mayor plots the course of the municipality with a creative hand, and with the love and support of his people, many more surprises await.

Despite his high position, not to mention his personal wealth and affluence, he leads a simple life and has remained the same good and humble companion to old friends and constituents with his famous “pik-pik” with matching “agbay”. This, coupled with his outstanding performance, and his ability to make –do with limited resources, brought about a strong public demand for his return to the political scene after three years of silence. Thus his re-election last 2010 and again his present term beginning July 2013.

His comeback in the limelight has gained a mixture of insights. But for him, it is for no other reason than that for the exigency of public service.

Welcome!

Visit Don Carlos. It offers you a great deal of quiet, and relaxation. If you are used to the hustle and bustle of city life, here's the place where you still feel the cool and tranquil touch of nature, and most importantly, the smiling accommodation of a sweet and gentle people.

Make no mistake; Don Carlos is no backward rural retreat. It's definitely not out of touch of modern technology. And it is not the type of place that will bore you for a lack of fun and enjoyment.

Being unspoiled by any natural calamity, it has in addition to a flourishing agricultural economy, a promising market of an ever- progressing population. Schools are accessible, health care is provided, and all the host of reasons why the population in general tends to grow not only in number, but in the quality of life.

Nutrition Honor Awardee for Maintenance, Provincial Nutrition Awarding Ceremony

November 27,2013

2012 Silver Grade, Seal of Good Housekeeping Award, Department of Interior and Local Government

November 22, 2013

Regional Winners/Awardees to the 2013 Quality Corn Achievers “AEW Category”, Department of Agriculture

October 18, 2013

2002 Nutrition Honor Awardee for Maintenance, Regional Nutrition Awarding Ceremony 2013

October 4, 2013

Mapanghikayat Award, (National Voluntary Blood Services Program), Department of Health

July 26, 2013

Incentive Award for High RPT Collection Efficiency for CY 2012

January 2013

National Hall of Fame Awardee “Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran 2012”, Governor Calingasan Award for the Cleanest and Greenest Inland Bodies of Water

January 7, 2013

“Second Runner up” for the Search on Women and Child-Friendly Local Government Unit for CY 2011

January 7, 2013

Champion “ Search for Well-Maintained Tourist Spots”, 5thProvincial Tourism Week Celebration 2012 (Lake Category)

September 2012

Seal of Good Housekeeping Award CY 2011, Department of Interior and Local Government

October 2012

Outstanding LGUs in the Search for 2011 Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers’ Awards, Department of Agriculture – RFU 10

May 31, 2012

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Bounded by the Municipalities of Maramag in the north, Kitaotao in the south, Quezon in the east, Pangantucan and Kadingilan in the west.


It is located 61 kilometers south of the City of Malaybalay , and 161 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro City. The town also is 180 kms. Form the city of Cotabato, 160 kms. From Davao, 266 kms. From General Santos City and 1,575 kms. South of Manila.