After Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was shot dead on July 3, his constituents starting sharing photos on social media that featured the city’s official logo with a black ribbon to mourn his death.
The outpouring of grief was accompanied by recollections on the late mayor’s projects and contributions to the city since he assumed office in 2013.
— Gelay (@angeldayta_) July 2, 2018
Twitter user and Tanauan resident Gelay referenced Halili’s vision for Tanauan — which he wanted to become the “City of Colors” — and noted that everything is now “black” after the mayor got shot.
The city chief was killed by a sniper during a flag ceremony outside their city hall on Monday. Prior to the incident, he was reportedly receiving death threats.
Some of the late mayor’s projects
Halili was notorious for his “Walk of Shame” campaign that eventually became “Walk of Change” after he got criticized, most notably by the Commission on Human Rights.
He previously paraded drug addicts but decided to march rehabilitated drug dependents instead, hoping to inspire others to enter the rehabilitation program.
“Walk of Change” was just one of Halili’s many initiatives in hopes of making Tanauan City progressive.
The ‘City of Colors’
Halili envisioned Tanauan to be the “City of Colors,” hoping that he could transform the city “into a spectrum of lively colors through a synergy of private and public sector’s cooperation.”
Some of the initiatives done were the installation of colorful lamp posts and construction of covered walkways. Tanauan’s city hall was also painted with a rainbow theme.
SOGIE Session at the City of Colors, Tanauan. ? pic.twitter.com/zJDIwju7ci
— Rainbow Rights PHL (@rrightsphl) December 13, 2017
Establishment of Triple A Slaughterhouse
Tanauan is one of the major pork suppliers in the National Capital Region. The Triple A Slaughterhouse aimed to further boost meat processing in the province so that products can be exported to international markets.
Tanauan city dragon boat race
The dragon boat race was one of Halili’s efforts to veer Tanauanos away from the lure of illegal drugs, including the youth.
The project aimed to raise awareness and offer equal educational opportunities to the Muslim community of Tanauan, along with the participation of Department of Education Tanauan City Division and Tanauan Muslim Consultative Council.
Opening of Pansipit river
Halili initiated the opening of the Pansipit river to boost the tourism of Taal Lake since the river connects the town of Lemery and Taal.
Building of Tanauan City sports complex
The late mayor ordered a modern sports complex to be built in hopes of having Tanauan host Palarong Pambansa. It was also meant to be used in the 2020 Southern Tagalog CALABARZON Athletic Association and other sports events.
Postgraduate scholarship to Tanauan city hall employees
Scholarships on the course of Master in Public Administration were given to city hall employees in an effort to professionalize their ranks.
Farm Business School Program
The program, along with the participation of different government agencies concerned, aimed to educate and inform farmers on how to boost their profit and harvest, among others.
Building of Tanauan City Public Market
The public market was the first LGU-initiated public-private partnership that was approved by the National Economic Development Authority. It aimed to build a modernized public market that would be safe and convenient for the locals.
Opening of Farmer’s Field School
The project aimed to educate corn producers in using the Corn ICM Technology, inform them of the proper utilization of organic and inorganic fertilizers and to correctly chose “pest resistant varieties” of corn, among others.