We are a team of nine aspiring doctors set to provide a helping hand to the people of Barangay Tuboran, Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur. Together, we will train Tuboran for a healthier and progressive community.
Learn more of the beautiful Barangay Tuboran!
According to the Proposed Barangay Development Plan of Barangay Tuboran (2007), in the early times, the barangay was once named “Bayogan” by a native Subanen in reference to the abundant “bayog” and bamboo plants. Years had passed, and its name was changed to “Tuboran”. Folk stories tell of a Subanen teacher named R. Tolero […]
Maayong buntag! Magila-ila lang sad mi. Translated to “Good morning!” “Let’s get to know each other.” It has been a month since we came back from the… Read more “A Month After Community”
According to the Proposed Barangay Development Plan of Barangay Tuboran (2007), in the early times, the barangay was once named “Bayogan” by a native Subanen in… Read more “History”
According to the Proposed Barangay Development Plan of Barangay Tuboran (2007), in the early times, the barangay was once named “Bayogan” by a native Subanen in reference to the abundant “bayog” and bamboo plants.
Years had passed, and its name was changed to “Tuboran”. Folk stories tell of a Subanen teacher named R. Tolero who replaced the name after finding out that bayog and bamboo plants were no longer abundant. Its new name was then adapted from the numerous springs found in the area.
Barangay Tuboran, about 3.60 kilometres away from Poblacion, the center of the municipality. It is surrounded by Barangay Dalaguete and Barangay Balanan on the north, Barangay Diwan on the east, Barangay San Vicente on the west, and Barangay Lourmah and Barangay San Isidro on the south. The barangay is further divided into five puroks.
Farming is the primary source of livelihood of the people in the community. Out of total land area of 545.7424 hectares, 47% of the total land area (300 hectares) is covered with coconuts; 35% are cornfields (225 hectares), 10% are rice fields with 60 hectares being irrigated and 2 hectares non-irrigated, 8% are planted with bananas (30 hectares), and 14 hectares of rubber and other fruit trees which is 2% of the total land area. Residents also invest on livestock and raising pigs. Most produce are sold in the local market place. Bananas, corns and coconuts are being exported outside the municipality
COCONUTS = 300 hectares (47%) CORNFIELDS = 225 hectares (35%)
RICEFIELDS = 62 hectares (10%) BANANAS= 30 hectares (8%)
RUBBER = 14 hectares (2%) LIVESTOCK
The people of Tuboran have been accustomed to sourcing out their water from the cold springs surrounding the community. Three of the cold springs have been developed to become resorts by the local families of Fanilag, Mabanag and Eriberta.
Fanilag Spring Resort is the first resort to be encountered entering Purok 4 of the barangay. The resort features a diving board and two pool slides. It offers cottages and a karaoke for visitors. The entrance fee is 15 pesos and an environmental fee of 5 pesos.
Mabanag Spring Resort lies in between the Fanilag Resort and the farthest Eriberta Resort. Mabanag features four pools and another one under construction. The resort also offers cottages for rent and two karaoke machines for visitors. The entrance fee is 20 pesos and an environmental fee of 5 pesos.
Eriberta Spring Resort lies along the boundary of the neighbouring barangay Diwan. The resort has the largest landscaped area around the spring with four pools and two slides. Along with cottages and karaoke, the resort also offers rooms priced at 800 pesos per night’s stay. The entrance fee is priced at 35 pesos and a 5-peso for environmental fee.
BS Biology, 21
A day never pass by without John belting out his vocal chords. He could be loud then turn tight-lipped the next. He enjoys playing volleyball and street games with the kids in the community. One of John’s advocacies is the conservation of environment.
Ballos, Frances Alexandra
BS Biology, 21
She just cannot tone down her voice. Xandy sees to it that she has her phone with her all the time. She envisions that soon the community of Tuboran would be all well-lighted at night and clean potable water reach every household.
BS Nursing, 21
He bleeds coffee. He loves venturing from doing early morning jogs to doing dives onto the cold waters. Fahad believes in boosting the tourism in particular the cold spring resorts located in Tuboran to develop the economy of the community.
BS Nursing, 23
She wakes up to emptied beds. Kandees, as she is fondly called, is the team’s photographer. She considers that promoting proper personal hygiene, particularly oral and body hygiene, is an effective prevention of diseases.
BS Nursing, 21
She’s our kitchen queen, and so great food is served on our plates. Mabs can be often seen arranging stuff as her ‘obsessive-compulsive disorder’ kicks in which keeps our home ordered. Mabs would like to improve the maternal and child health of the community.
BS Nursing, 24
Our bubbly leader, Quennie, never had a lousy morning. She wakes up the earliest and keeps up the on-fleek eyebrows and red lippies. She has a soft spot for the old and believes that their welfare is to be a priority of the community.
BS Biology, 20
She is the only fluent Bisayan speaker of the team, luckily. Catleya, aside from being an avid anime fan, is obsessed with working out. Her big appetite is unjustified by her petite figure. She believes that a physically fit body is the first step to a healthy community.
Villareal, Leslie Angeline
BS Biology, 21
The girl who just cannot stay idle. She is the team’s treasurer aka record-keeper of everyone’s payables. Geline’s advocacy focuses on the education especially improving the literacy rate of the community.
Zabala, Mark Loven
BS Biology, 24
If it’s not in Merriam’s Dictionary, it can’t be played. He is in every game of Scrabble on our idle time and he remains unbeatable up to date. One of Mark’s priority lies on the safety and security of the people in the community.
As part of the curriculum, we the students are to be immersed in the community for a month every end of the semester.
The first exposure has the objectives of establishing rapport and acquiring secondary data to profile the community.
On our first week, we settle ourselves in the home of the Barangay Captain. We got to know informally the kagawads and purok presidents.
We did a courtesy call with the municipal mayor Mayor Lorna S. Espina and met with the PNP Mahayag. We were briefed on the peace and order of the municipality and our respective barangay.
Courtesy call with Mahayag Municipal Mayor Lorna S. Espina
Meeting with PNP Mahayag
On our second week, we started sourcing out the secondary data from the barangay and the rural health unit. Ocular inspection were also done. We were also invited to join the health services of the health personnels of the barangay: immunization and pre-natal care.
Meeting at the Rural Health Unit
Immunization and prenatal check-up at the Barrio Hall
On our third week, we had joined in the purok assemblies to meet the people. Along with this, we had BP check ups. We also did house to house survey in Puroks 1 and 5.
Ocular survey and house to house visits
On the fourth week, we visited the elementary school and led the morning hataw during the flag raising ceremony. We also collated the data we gathered. As a culminating activity, we did a barangay hataw, Hataw Tuboran!, and bid farewell to the community.
Hataw at Tuboran Elementary School