Give us power: Filipinos experience ‘dark ages’ in US territory of Saipan

GARAPAN, Saipan – Air-conditioning units are not a luxury but a necessity on Saipan. It rarely rains on the tropical island where the air is often humid, and the temperature is almost always at 83 degrees Fahrenheit, similar to that in Manila during the hottest month of May.

And so when electricity rates went up and power outages on the island worsened amid the ailing economy of the US territory of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), about 10,000 Filipino workers and their families staying on Saipan had to employ innovative ways to cope with the problem. Read full story>>

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