Ah yes, another field that was once the preserve of British workers, the finest in the world no doubt, but who somehow believed, until it was too late, that Indians or Filipinos or anyone else for that matter couldn't be trained to do their job just as well.It was the same with Filipino merchant seaman. Ok as crew but no good as officers.
Brits are an island race therefore natural seamen. The Philippines is a nation of 6000+ islands
The only difference between us and them is that they weren't being trained as officers. Now they are and they're just as good as us.
The Philippines, as you say 6,000 islands, what would they know about sailing or navigating?