AFTER being dormant for several years, the Cebu City Government renewed its sister-city ties with Parramatta City in Australia.

Mayor Michael Rama, who just arrived from his three-day trip in Australia, said Parramatta will be reactivating its projects with the City, which they have done in the past.

These include business exchanges, cultural and youth exchanges, sharing of technical expertise in different fields and sharing of best practices, among others.

“It was a very successful, historical, meaningful trip. It was a renewal of vows between Parramatta and the City of Cebu,” Rama said in a news conference yesterday.

Particularly for the best practices, Rama said he learned that Parramatta has established a catchment to address their flooding problem.

With this, his office is planning to pursue such project. He said he will detail the matter when he will deliver his State of the City Address next month.

The City Government had said that some P10 million worth of water catchments will be installed in the city’s 31 mountain villages.

The water impounding structures will hold water coming from different sources like springs and rain, which can be used to prevent flooding. It can also be used by farmers during dry season.

It was reported that some 166 water catchment facilities will be constructed in the 31 mountain barangays, with each barangay having six water catchment facilities.

Rama said officials from Parramatta will visit Cebu City during next year’s Sinulog celebration.