A Filipino seafarer’s return home is recognized by his family and society, as a culmination of a financially lucrative career and the achievement of lifelong objectives, a model of “calculated strategy.” The study 1) identifies the factors that seafarers consider when preparing for their retirement; 2) determines their level of preparedness for return to the Philippines; and 3) assesses their individual perception of successful return and reintegration. Factors reflective of their Return Preparedness, through their successful resource mobilization of tangible, intangible and social capital, are operationalized.
Quantitatively, a pilot study and survey provide a demographic profile. Cramer Coefficient V was used to establish the association between Return Preparedness and Perception of Successful Return. Qualitatively, in-depth interviews of retired seafarers constitute the case studies corresponding to the different Levels of Preparedness and Perception of Successful Return.
Research shows that: 1) Seafarers accumulate tangible resources in the form of savings, ownership of home, car and a small business. Education of both children and the seafarer himself are necessary Intangible Resources. Social Capital Resource includes family relations with wife and children and their commitment to maintaining a simple life while the father is on board the ship. 2) Employing Cassarino’s Theory on Return Preparedness, the study identified a Medium Level of Preparedness, wherein the value of family relations and support has altered the dynamics of perception of successful return. 3) The presence or lack of family support facilitates or hinders the seafarer’s resource mobilization, influencing his perception of successful or unsuccessful return.
Fe Elisha Isidro-Banez, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Philippines
Stream: South-East Asian Studies (including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos)
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