On April 29, 2008, the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) formally launched environmental compliance assistance centers in the Laguna de Bay region. The establishment of the centers is a milestone for ensuring compliance with environmental regulations geared to reducing pollution loading into the Laguna de Bay, the largest freshwater lakes in the country. The virtual centers will provide information on applicable pollution control policies and regulations, technology options, potential funding sources, and best practices for the swine and meat processing industries. LLDA will use portions of the fines and penalties collected through the environmental user fee system to cover operational costs and to help sustain the centers in the years ahead. The USAID-funded Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) supports the LLDA initiative as part of its regional effort to promote compliance. Click here to read more about AECEN's support to the Philippines for establishing compliance assistance centers.