The Samahang Maliliit na Mangingisda ng Victory (SMMV), Inc. and the Samahan ng Mangingisda at Magsasaka sa Kalikasan (SAMMAKA), Inc. are People’s Organizations established to help small fisherfolks on the issues they are facing in the coastal communities of Santiago Island, Bolinao, Pangasinan.They are facing deadly fishing operations which are damaging sea creatures and marine plants. The majority of the residents from Brgy. Pillar and Brgy. Victory embraced fishing as their main source of living, so they are deeply affected by the aforementioned issues.
Together with these fisherfolk, Hands On Manila, in partnership with Refinitiv, applied the Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) Program. CBFM is an agreement that was granted by the Department of Energy and Natural Resources (DENR) in December 2000 and 2004. With the agreement, fisherfolks are first briefed and guided on how to conserve and protect natural resources. Following this, CBFM will help fisherfolks plant mangroves in their area of belonging. With the help of mangroves, we believe that establishing natural resources will increase the biodiversity underwater and also above.