From the Inquirer:
Atienza OKs land deal with WEST COVE in Boracay
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has entered into a 25-year land-lease agreement for the continued operation of a controversial resort in Boracay accused of committing environmental and other violations.
Environment Secretary Jose Atienza said the DENR and Boracay Island West Cove Management Philippines Inc. signed a Forest Land Use Agreement for Tourism Purposes (FLAGT) several weeks ago.
A FLAGT, under DENR Administrative Order No. 2004-59, allows the use, occupation and development of any forest land for tourism purposes for 25 years and renewable for the same period.
The agreement covers forest land to be used for bathing, campsites, ecotourism destinations, hotel sites and other tourism purposes.
“The FLAGT was signed after a thorough study of the department and after determining that the requirements have been met,” Atienza said in a phone interview on Monday.
That's how fast Bureaucracy works here if you have friends in high position, even if it's illegal....