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'Pablo' to be decommissioned as cyclone name - PAGASA

After the Typhoon Pablo caused such great loss in life and property, the name Pablo is being dropped from the roll of names that state weather forecasters use to designate Philippine cyclones. "Yung Pablo decommissioned na natin. Hindi na natin gagamitin ang pangalang Pablo, hahanapan natin ng pangalang nagsisimula sa 'P'," PAGASA forecaster Fernando Cada said in an interview on dzBB radio Tuesday. Cada said the decision to decommission a cyclone name is governed by factors such as the loss of life and the damage to property the such named typhoon caused. If Pablo were not decommissioned, it would have been used as the name for the 16th cyclones to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility in 2016, 2020, and 2024. PAGASA uses four lists of names from A to Z. If the number of tropical cyclones exceeds 26, an auxiliary list is used. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the death toll from Tropical Cyclone Pablo (Bopha) climbed further to 740 Tuesday night, even as the estimated damage it caused neared the P10-billion mark. — DVM, GMA News