‘Yolanda’ joins ‘Labuyo,’ ‘Santi’ in retired list
Manila, Philippines – The name “Yolanda” may have been dropped from the local list of tropical cyclone names but it will be remembered for generations due to the massive cost it took on lives and properties of Filipinos.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has decided to retire “Yolanda” as name for future tropical cyclone due to its huge damage in infrastructure and agriculture, and number of lives lost.
PAGASA Weather Forecasting Section Chief Rene Paciente said “Yolanda” has been retired and will eventually be replaced because the cost of damage to agriculture and infrastructure has reached more than P1 billion and claimed at least three hundred lives.
“The forecasters will come out with a list of names that begins with letter Y and then it will be submitted for recommendation to the PAGASA administrator,” he said.
As of Wednesday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) has estimated the damage caused by Yolanda at P12.239 billion, while the number of casualties has reached 4,011.
Paciente said the name “Santi” has also been shelved. Typhoon Santi pummelled Northern Luzon last October leaving a total damage cost of P3.287 billion and 15 deaths.
PAGASA said the decommissioning of “extraordinarily destructive storms” have been practiced since February 1979.
This year, the weather bureau has retired three names of destructive tropical cyclones–Labuyo, Santi, and Yolanda.
In 1999, the “Name-a-Bagyo Contest” was conducted by PAGASA to replace the old all-female list of local typhoon names.
They chose from around 18,000 entries, where 140 names were selected and assigned to the cyclones that would enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).
The most popular and acceptable names were compiled from the entries submitted by the public.
After some revisions, the final list, consisting of four sets of 25 names, with 10 auxillary or “reserved” names, became the PAGASA’s official names for tropical cyclones entering PAR.
In the event that the number of tropical cyclones within the year exceeds 25, the auxiliary list is used.
The sets of names were used every four years, from 2009-2012, 2013-2016, 2017-2020, 2021-2024, and so on.