Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Tuesday night, February 16, formally unveiled a newly-opened green space in Lawton dubbed as the city’s “hidden garden.”

Domagoso hailed the inauguration of the 1-hectare garden in Liwasang Bonifacion as a “gift” to the future generation of Manileños.

The Mayor also said the garden was launched to the public in line with his administration’s policy to open more green spaces in the nation’s capital.

“Ang inyong pamahalaang lungsod ay hindi po tumitigil sa kanyang layunin na mapanatiling maaliwalas o maging maaliwalas ang Lungsod ng Maynila. We dedicate this day to you—to the people of Manila, and those people who will come in and out of the city,” Domagoso said.

“Ngayong araw na ito ay mag-aalay tayo ng bagong humigit kumulang isang ektarya na horizontal at vertical garden as part of our dreams and aspiration in the City of Manila to create more open green space,” he added.

The Mayor said he opened the garden to the public to show that cleaner and breathable air is achievable in an urbanized city like Manila.

He also assured the public the local government will continue creating environmental programs and projects as part of his administration’s agenda.

“We will not stop our journey towards a better Manila for the people of Manila. Onti-onti, dahan dahan, masinop, mainam at episyente, hindi tayo magwawaldas, hindi tayo maglalagay ng kolorete lamang para busugin lamang ang ating mga mata,” Domagoso said.

“Ang lahat ng bagay na gagawin natin on top of the pandemic approach is mga bagay na kapaki-pakinabang ng pangmatagalan katulad halimbawa ng paglilinis ng kapaligiran kasama na ang pagbibigay ng sariwa at malinis na hangin sa isang urbanized na local government tulad ng City of Manila,” he added.

Aside from the one-hectare garden, the garden also has its own coffee shop, which allowed the local government to generate new jobs and opportunities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Domagoso also asked for the public’s cooperation in maintaining the cleanliness of the garden, saying they should treat it as their own.

“Ito ay pag-aari niyo, angkinin niyo mga mamamayan, at parang katulad ng inyong mga bahay, pagmalasakitan niyo din itong ari-arian ninyo. Pagmalasakitan niyo sapagkat mano pa, pagdating ng araw, mas sariwang hangin ang makakamit ng inyong mga apo at anak,” Domagoso said.

“We should continue to act in unison as if it is an orchestra with different musical instrument playing one music in synchrony. We must and we should deliver better services to our fellow Manileño,” he said.