Arduous journey – Efren Forones (center) and his fellow fishermen embark on the 38-hour trip to fishing grounds around the disputed Scarborough Shoal.
Eat, sleep, work – It's a tough life with the men working, eating and sleeping on these rickety boats hundreds of miles from home.
Slim pickings – Like many of his fellow fisherman from the Philippines island of Luzon, Forones does not catch what he needs to in order to survive.
Tough life – With many fishermen struggling to make ends meet, their families in modest communities such as Masinloc suffer.
Life dependency – Like many small towns on Luzon, Masinloc is almost completely dependent on the fishing industry, according to the Philippines Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
Exit strategy – Many families are having to consider leaving the region to search for a better life.
Rocky times – And this is what it's all about: A team of lawmakers plant a Philippines flag on a tiny rock at the Scarborough Shoal on May 17 last year.