Pagasa recommends dropping ‘Pablo’ as name for future storms



MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon “Pablo” (international name Bopha), which battered Visayas and Mindanao and left hundreds dead and nearly 900 missing will likely be deleted from the state weather bureau’s list of names for tropical cyclones due to the damages it caused.

Raymond Ordinario of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Tuesday that the details of the report were being finalized to make an official request for the “decommissioning” of typhoon Pablo.

“Pag gagamitin ulit, it connotes bad records. Baka mag-flashback sa mga tao yung damages niya,” he told

A cyclone must have either destroyed at least P1B worth of agriculture and infrastructure, or killed at least 300 to be removed from the list of names of future typhoons.

There are 714 dead and 890 missing as of Tuesday morning, the National Disaster Risk and Management Council said.

It has also left P7.1 billion worth of damages to infrastructure, agriculture and properties.

Pablo is the only typhoon this year that is a candidate for decommissioning.

Other cyclone names in 2011 that were deleted were Sendong, Pedring,  Mina, Juaning and Bebeng.

As of June, there are 144 cyclone names registered by Pagasa, including auxiliary names, to be used until the year 2024.

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  • Psiitoon Charoenkrung

    estupido move;  the Pag-asa should enhance more its weather prediction rather than playing on the names of the storm.  What good can it make for decommissioning names of storms.  Retaining the names of destructive storms will be good for Pag-asa people as a reminder that they have to do more in their predictions to minimize casualties.

  • RyanE

    OA! It’s not in the name but in lack of preparation by the LGUs that caused the many lives lost.

    I guess Mr. Ordinario is just like some people who blamed everything for Pacquiao’s lost.

  • kruger


    Try renaming Pablo to Pablita and it might be less devastating next time around!


  • Manolo Villareal

    Typhoon Uring that devastated Ormoc city killing more than 8,000 was not decommissioned.  What’s in a name? Does Pag-asa believe the mayan prediction that the world will end ten days from now?  Now that they already have that sophisticated Dophler equipment they’re going back to the superstitious.  On the second thought, the name Pablo has much for us to learn to prepare.  The path that Pablo took was not the usual line of storm in our country, making those living there caught unaware.  On the other hand, kudos to the Pag-asa.  They tracked the storm accurately this time.

  • caliber45

    What’s in a name??? B***sh*t! Sige papayag kami, pero palitan na rin name nyo into WALANG PAGASA!

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    I don’t mind bishops and priests  spreading superstitions for that’s their stock in trade. It’s up to you if you buy them.

    But for the government agency known as the  Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration which is under the DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY to dabble in some mystical associations? 

    This calls for a Senate investigation.  And the propriety of transferring control and supervision of PAGASA to the PAGCOR.

    • Albin

      eng-eng ka pala eh. sabi ng apg-asa, “Baka mag-flashback sa mga tao yung damages niya.”

    • RyanE

      or transferring control and supervision of PAGASA to CBCP?.. hehehe

      • blainz

        That would be an excellent experimental platform in determining the efficacy of prayers in diverting typhoons. If the CBCP can reroute the da*n things straight to China they might even get paid several SUVs per bishop for national defense.

        I myself can live with a free Pajero or two for my tongue-in-cheek recommendation.

      • bugoybanggers

        Huwag kang mangDAMAY ng RELIGION sa usapang ito. Anong pakia alam mo sa KATOLIKO? Tumahimik ka, Tama nga naman, paninira ang utos at layunin ng PASTOR mong si SATANAS. Nilalahat mo ang kabulukan ng iilan at gagamitin mo ang KAGALINGAN mo sa BIBLIYA mo? Bakit nasa ESTADO ka na pala at hindi ka BINABAGYO. Tandaan mo mas bulok ang MORALIDAD ninyo kaysa amin. Ang yabang ng banat mo.

      • bugoybanggers

        Desperado ka na BOY, utos ng PASTOR SATANAS nga naman pala. Sige manira ka!

  • $37644997

    Try Pedro,it could be a blessing each time.

  • blainz

    If I recall correctly, Pagasa has an official policy of retiring a typhoon name when recorded fatalities reach 300 and/or damages surpass P1 billion. In that case the title is a bit off, as this recommendation is part of standard procedure, not some arbitary action. The policy preempts unwarranted associations in this already superstitious country, as mentioned by Ordinario, and helps reduce confusion in the archives.

  • bugoybanggers

    Ipangalan nalang sa mga CHINESE ang mga BAGYO para maalala ng mga PILIPINO kung ano ang bagsik ng tama kapag hindi nakapagHANDA. Ganyan din ang resulta kapag paTULOG-TULOG na lang sa pansitan.

  • Your_King

    There are over a thousand people missing or dead. There are thousands and thousands of victims with no food or shelter. Damages are in the hundreds of millions if not in the billions. And the name change or name omission is the story here? Seems like the priorities aren’t straight here.

  • Jon

    Do the boneheads at PAGASA think that changing the name will bring better results?
    What a great job by Mr. Aquino by replacing idiots with much bigger idiots.  

  • disqusted0fu

    completely ridiculous! this is not beneficial at all! just focus the efforts on helping the victims and preventing such damages in  the future.

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