Population: 4,430 (2015)
No. of Household: 1,102
Area: 1,290.22 Hectares
MAP OF SPRING
Mapadayunong pagtoon og pagkahanas sa tanang katawhan kabahin sa maluntarong pamaagi sa panginabuhian; adunay saktong pagpasabot, pag-edukar kabahin sa maayong panglawas og pag-amping sa kinaiyahan; dugang pagpakabana og pag-implementar sa mga programa alang sa dekalidad nga edukasyon
(To continue in educating the people in all aspects such as livelihood programs, information and education dissemination in health and environment, further awareness and implementation of quality education.)
Adunay lig-ong panaghiusa sa pagbantay og pagpatunhay sa kalinaw og kahusay sa komunidad; og pagpadayon a pag-amping og paglambo sa kinaadman sa lumadnong kultura; pagpanday og hugot nga pagpatuman sa mga haum nga balaud og ordinansa sa barangay kabahin sa maayong pamaagi sa panguma, makanunayong pag-amping og padumala sa turismo og kinaiyahan; mapadayunong pakigalayon og pakiglambigit sa tanang sector og ahensya sa gobyerno (Local/National) og pribado alang sa nakalain-laing programa og kalihukang pangkalambuan sa barangay.
(To establish an effective peace and order initiative in the community and preservation of the cultural knowledge, creation of operative ordinances in relation to sustainable agriculture, efficient administration of tourism and environment, competent cooperation from various sectors both private and public for the betterment of the barangay.)
Sa tuig 2020, ang Barangay Spring adunay mauswagon nga ekonomiya ug turismo. Balanse nga kinaiyahan, dekalidad na edukasyon, panglawas ug lumadnong kultura nga puno sa espirituhanong pagtulun-an nga may kumpletong pasilidades inubanan sa matinud-anong pagdumala sa panggamhanan ug positibong katawhan nga adam sa bisan unsang katalagman.
(In 2020, Barangay Spring will attain a progressive economic and tourism development, well balance environment, quality education and health services, well preserved cultural heritage embodied with strong spiritual values, impressive facilities, efficient governance and a disaster – resilient citizenry.)
The place was known to its inhabitant as Astufon, a Blaan word meaning source of water or spring water. During that time, the place was ruled by a Blaan Chieftain where they called as Datu Elon Masamlok. Datu Elon Masamlok together with the families of Sucal and Venancio were the first settlers of that place dated 1940s.
In the 1960s, Christian migrants arrived to area. The first Christian settlers were the families of Jose dela Cruz and Emilio Juson.
Dark moments of its history can also traced back in 1970s, where para-military groups known as “Ilaga” hampered the peace and order situation in the area. They causes havoc that forced around 70 families to evacuate the place. Arsons and looting were also recorded.
It was 1973, intense heat struck Southern Mindanao affecting agricultural areas such Barangay Spring and other barangays of Alabel. It causes damages of crops specifically the huge numbers of coconut plantations. A year after that, another lawless elements named as Black shirts infested the said place causing another paranoia to the residents. Families escaped for their lives and displaced to Dadiangas (currently General Santos), leaving their farms and livelihood in exchange of security.
A series of great fear were recorded in the period of 1979 to 1983 caused by the New People’s Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines. They called it as Pasa Biles Period, a time of fear and extreme conflict situation between the separatist and government. Evidences of human slaughtering, arsons and murder were called by the local folks. During this time, Alsa Masa was also established.
The events of that period became a national interest as national government notified the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to declare the whole place as “Conflict Affected Area”. Peace Symposium were organized by the military and permitted Civilian Home Defense Force (CHDF) to owned riffles for self-protection and maintaining peace and order situation in the area. Counter measures done by the government’s soldiers with collaborative efforts of the local residents, several communist cadres surrendered to the government specifically to the Colonel Uy.
Peace situation normalized. Philippine cotton ventured to Asfuton which brought livelihood to the people. It was in 1985, were electricity changes all inviting investors to the area. In the following year, Mindanao Cotton Development Corporation (MCDC) entered to the area. But the unstable peace and order situation always hampered development. In the same year, series of encounters between the CHDF and NPA were recorded. It caused loss of lives of 7 CHDF fighters.
It was on 1987, turned Asfuton started its tumultuous political transformation when a Barangay Resolution No. 10 series of 1987 was passed. The said resolution intended for the creation of “Asfuton” as a barangay. But in 1988, a dry spell hit the area making Lake Beto, Asfuton natural wonder, turned into muddy, almost desiccated it.
Corazon C. Aquino, then president of the newly restored Fifth Republic of the Philippines, visited Asfuton. Mrs. Aquino wanted to assess the damages brought by the drought. She also distributed cows to the farmers who were former rebels. The president also inaugurated the construction a school building with three (3) rooms.
After that historic visit, a call for the creation of Asfuton as separate barangay continued. It was February 19, 1989, a plebiscite was held, asking residents to decide for the creation of Asfuton as barangay. At the end, a new barangay was created, the people unanimously made a milestone, renaming Asfuton as Barangay Spring.
It was also in 1989, Spring Primary School was established with this first teacher Myrna Yu.
The first appointed Officials of Barangay Spring where preferred among the residents of it, making Jesus Desedilla its first Punong Barangay. Among the first council members were Julio Lastimoso, Saturnino Ricahuerta, Jaime Villegas, Jose Alindajao, Entes Omongos, Alejandro Mepranum, Benito Cambalon. Barangay Secretary Teresita Binoya and Barangay Treasurer Felomina Aseniero were among the pioneering employee of the newly created Barangay. Ronnel Saldua Español, became its first SK Chairperson.
The first midwife assigned to the area was Tessie Castillo after the establishment of a temporary Barangay Health Station in 1989.
In 1993, Cotton industry grown prodigiously provided a sustainable source of livelihood to the people making their lives comfortable. In the following year, a three (3) hectare – settlement area expansion was established at now Purok 6 (PBMA). Water System known as Level 2 was also set operational. In the same year, 1994, the first Barangay Election happened. This election created a major shift to the political and social administration of the Barangay Spring, not to mention some election related conflicts having recorded after this remarkable event.
The first set of elected Officials of Barangay Spring was voted through a formal and legal election procedure organized by the Commission of Election (COMELEC). Jesus Desedilla became the Spring’s first elected Barangay Captain defeating other political rival during that time. First elected council members were Teodolo Caracotdacot, Doroteo Español, Saturnino Ricahuerta, Anito Pasco, Jose Alindajao, Entes Omongos, Alejandro Mepranum and Benito Cambalon. Juliet Manlunas was the secretary while the treasurer was Felomina Aseniero. Ronnel Saldua Español became the first elected SK Chairperson.
Due to the barrenness of some lands in the barangay, people were forced to sell their land suggesting a familiar word “Prime town”, crop produces decreases. Charcoal industry became a trend in 1997 to 1998 which led to deforestation and the widespread practices of “kaingin”.
In 2003, a report of evacuation of the residents of Sitio Nop was recorded due to the infiltration of communist-terrorist rebels. Due to the incident, AFP Detachment camp was established. Because of the military’s presence in the area, rebels seems avoiding Barangay Spring allowing its people live in harmony. But reports of crimes which non-avoidable were documented as a theft and animal stealing. In the same year, 1.5 hectare expansion of settlement area was realized.
Roads and infrastructure development also reached the said barangay. In 2006, a road connecting to Sitio Nop was inaugurated through the Peace and Development Program of the National Government. In the same year, Pryce Garden, a private cemetery was established.
In 2010, Emmanuel D. Pacquiao, then congressman of Sarangani supported the construction of Permanent Barangay Hall Building. Municipal Resettlement Area also known as Springhill Village was established situated at Purok 12.
Barangay Gymnasium (covered court) was established through the support of then Congressman Manny Pacquiao in 2014.
HON. RAMIE P. MACION
GILBERT S. DUPIO, PEE
ROLAND O. ESPAÑOL
LEO S. MANGALON
RONIE D. CATANO
LARRY P. NEMENIO
GREGORIO G. ARNADO
DOROTEO B. ESPAÑOL
MYTHANWEL B. MANGALON (SK Chair.)
VIRGILIO P. BALCO (IP Rep.)