ILOILO CITY— The PHP40.2 million Iloilo River Esplanade-Phase 3 in this city was opened to the public on Friday afternoon.
The phase 3 of River Esplanade is an extension of two existing esplanades along the Iloilo River, the city’s most frequented place where people gather, and health enthusiasts regularly jog and go biking.
Senator Franklin M. Drilon and Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) inaugurated the Iloilo River Esplanade-Phase 3.
In his speech, Drilon announced another esplanade extension that will be completed within 18 months up to two years.
The new extension will be built across Phase 3.
The newly-opened Esplanade-Phase 3 called for the construction of a 200 linear meter riverside promenade along the Iloilo Diversion Road with paving blocks, slope protection, landscaping and other complementing structures such as seat wall, view deck, boating station, skating rink, activity area, anong others.
The construction of the project started in 2015.
The 1.2 kilometer-Esplanade 1 was opened last 2012 while Phase 2 was completed two years ago.