The Manila city government, thru the Department of Public Services, has partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (DENR-ERDB) on Tuesday, November 17, with its plan to launch “Nilad for Maynila” Project.

It aims to re-green a part of Manila Bay by bringing back the Nilad population in the capital. It’s name, “Maynila”, was said to be coined after the abundance of the stalky-rice plant that features flowers of bright white and yellow.

Based on a rapid survey, at least four sites are potential Nilad initial planting areas: Baseco Beach, a vacant lot near H2O Hotel, back of STP building adjacent to Manila Yacht Club and plant boxes or islands along the Manila Baywalk.

According to DPS Director Kenneth Amurao, the department will deploy Team Mandaragat, Baseco Beach Warriors and Estero Rangers to assist the city government in planting and protecting the Nilad population in the said locations.

“Nagpapasalamat po ang Lungsod ng Maynila sa panguguna ng ating mahal na alkalde at sa DENR-ERDB para sa proyektong ito. Makakaasa po kayo na makakatulong niyo ang DPS sa pamamagitan ng Team Mandaragat, Baseco Beach Warriors at Estero Rangers sa pangangalaga ng mga Nilad na itatanim sa ating Lungsod,” he said.—KDS