Some of the Tanauan City Hall government workers who attended the early Monday, flag raising ceremony on July 9, a week after Mayor Antonio Halili’s assasination.
BATANGAS, Philippines – It was an emotional Monday for employees of the Tanauan City Hall in Batangas, one week after the traumatic assassination of Mayor Antonio Halili.
Around 500 employees joined the flag raising ceremony today (July 9), many of whom have not yet recovered from the stress after witnessing the actual shooting of the mayor.
“Pinag-aralan namin at alam naming marami pang empleyado ang natatakot dahil naalala nila ang naganap noong nakaraang lunes. So minarapat naming dito ganapin sa harap ng city hall para naman kahit papaano ay iba ang environment,” said Mayor Jhoanna Corona-Villamor who officially took over the post of Mayor Halili.
This prompted the city government to schedule a stress debriefing for affected employees.
“Nakipag-coordinate na ako sa HR department head at isa iyan sa priority project namin dito. Ngayong transition period ay magkaroon ng stress debriefing dahil alam natin na talagang traumatising iyong nangyari,” said the new mayor.
“Depende na sa level ng stress and truma na na-experience kasi very traumatic talaga…Kita kasi ng mga empleyedo…It will take time,” said Jacqueline Landicho of the city hall’s human resources department.
Meanwhile, Mayor Villamor is contemplating on whether or not she would continue Halili’s walk of shame campaign in line with the local government’s efforts against illegal drugs.
She also allayed fears of employees under job order status as the LGU has no plans of retrenchment.
Villamor said she wants to carry on with the projects that the slain mayor had started. – Japhet Cablaida / Marje Pelayo–