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Aerial view of Iloilo River looking towards the Iloilo Provincial Capitol from Muelle Loney
|- location||Iloilo City|
|Length||15 km (9 mi) |
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The river starts in Oton at Batiano River, which is also an estuary, then traverses through the Iloilo City districts of Lapuz, Lapaz, Mandurriao, Molo, Arevalo and the city proper, before emptying into the Iloilo Strait.
As an estuary, the river level fluctuates with the tides. This flow brings in nutrients from the sea, which makes the Iloilo River a nursery for fish species such as bangus and tilapia. The banks of the river are home to 22 of the country's 35 mangrove species, as well as the rare metapenaeus insolitus.
Iloilo River wharf, including Muelle Loney in the Iloilo City Proper, is a natural harbor which made it a preferred port of call for ships seeking protection from strong winds and tropical monsoons. It serves as port for inter island ferries that travel from Iloilo City to Bacolod on Negros and to Guimaras. It is also drop-off point for fishing vessels that bring in their catch from the sea to be delivered to markets all over Iloilo.
The Iloilo River Esplanade in Mandurriao district is a park development in one of its river banks constructed as a recreation area and an attraction for visitors.
The bridges that cross the river include, into City Proper the Quirino-Lopez Bridge (built 1967, rehabilitated 2000) going to Lapuz district and Forbes (1910, rehabilitated 1975), Jalandoni and Drilon bridges going to La Paz district; and Diversion Bridge (1982) and Carpenters Bridge (2010, replacing a now-pedestrian only bridge) between Mandurriao and Molo districts.
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- Pendon, Lydia C. (2012). "Drilon wants name at bridge erased". The Daily Guardian. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
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