One of the sad thing is that many Philippinos have to work overseas to make decent wages.
Unlike the USA, if you don't "know" someone, you don't have a chance to succeed.
And in a land where many cannot afford medical care, the nursing schools here in the Provinces advertise for students by saying that if you study there and pass their course, you have a chance to make money overseas.
Nurses often can go to the USA, Canada, Australia, or the UK...it's easier to find work there as a nurse, so even docs who can't get a job because they can't pass the MD exam or afford time to retrain (required by law) as an intern/resident, you can study, become a nurse and earn good money.
The money is sent back to support a large extended family, allowing them to build a decent house, send kids to school and college, and maybe even buy a car, jeepney (small bus), or tricycle (motorcycle with side car) to get around or to make money.
If you can't pass your nursing exam for USA, you have two options; Work as a nurses aid/caretaker, or work in Saudi/Kuwait.
Unlike the USA, where often people eventually get green cards, bring over extended families and become full blown US Citizens (like our family), you face many problems in the middle East.
Most of those who go to the middle East are not nurses, but chauffers, oil field workers, nannies or maids...often the maids have no education, and are mistreated: passports taken, overwork, no day off, verbal and physical and even sexual abuse.
On my other website
, I have a series of "Rapunzel" reports, about maids in Lebanon who were literally locked up by their employers when the Muslim areas of Beruit were bombed...and in panic, they jumped out of the windows, injuring several and killing two maids.
But at least in Kuwait and Lebanon, there are local Catholic churches and some laws that allow you some freedom-- of religion, of finding refuge if you are abused...
In Saudi, things are worse.
There are an estimated one million catholics in Saudi Arabia (7 million of the 16 million people living there are from other countries). Yet there is no church.
The state department report is HERE
The Philippine response was that when Gloria, the president, visited there, she got 800 out of jail for minor offenses, and that was that.
When you read about women and children in the sex industry, remember that many of these women come from very poor villages, and they often have no choice....they apply for jobs as maids (and are abused by the men in the house) or as entertainers (and become what used to be called "b girls" i.e. low level prostitutes) or even worse.
Remember all of this in your prayers.