In view of the devastation brought about by Typhoon “Rolly” (internationally named Goni) in the Bicol Region, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through a Memorandum from Secretary Roy A. Cimatu dated November 7, 2020, issued guidelines for the recovery and transport of uprooted/fallen trees, both naturally growing and planted, in private or titled lands in areas that have been affected by said typhoon.

In his Memorandum, Environment Secretary Cimatu said that the issuance of permits shall be on a per application basis and subject to the conduct of verification and inventory and compliance with other requirements pursuant to pertinent rules and regulations.

Furthermore, the concerned Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) shall issue the permits for naturally growing trees, and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) concerned shall issue permits for planted trees. However, the implementing PENRO shall issue permits both for naturally growing and planted trees.

Likewise, the issuance of transport permit shall be temporarily waived for Non-Timber Forest Products like Bamboo, Nipa, and Anahaw harvested from private or titled lands to be used for housing and/or re-building materials by the affected communities.

“In the aftermath of the Typhoon Rolly, DENR Bicol shall supervise the implementation of this issuance, which is valid for a period of three (3) months,” Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag said.

“Alongside this, considering the necessity and urgency of the situation, the Department will be handing over Family Food Packs (FFP) and financial assistance especially to PENRO Catanduanes personnel who suffered the wrath of Typhoon Rolly when it first made landfall in Bato, Catanduanes,” RED Abawag added.