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Why not Tacloban?

I read with interest the piece of Tony Oposa Jr. in the December 8 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

I would like to suggest a Filipino name for storm surge. Let us call it “Tacloban.” Tacloban literally means “to cover.”

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At the height of Typhoon “Yolanda,” the storm surge covered vast tracks of land in Tacloban. Besides, Tacloban is now well-known internationally.

The earthquake-generated wave is called “tsunami,” which is a Japanese word. Why not Tacloban for storm surge? It will be our contribution to the world.

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(Eduardo C. Arrojado, who holds a Ph.D. in educational management, is a civil engineer and a fellow of the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines.)

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