It seems like a miracle -- or at least a statistical unlikelihood -- that none of the Filipino workers onboard the cargo ship Ocean lost anyone in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Thousands of people were killed and millions were left homeless after the storm ravaged the nation's 7,100 islands on November 6.
Robin Haines Merrill
Filipinos make up 45 percent of the seafarers who come into Port Everglades and 20 to 30 percent of that occupation worldwide. Many are college-educated and have to complete years of certification to hit the water.
If other countries have a brain drain, though, the Philippines has a brawn drain. The nation ships its men abroad and expects them to wire hard-earned wages back to their communities every payday using MoneyGram. After working onboard for a ten-month stretch, they might get to visit home for a three-week vacation.More »