Filipinos Working Hard During COVID-19|

Filipino machine operation specialists who are working in packaging companies continue to work tirelessly in order to pack the food that we eat and medicines we take during the lockdown.

Filipinos make up 80% of the staff of Boran Plastic Packaging Ltd., which is the leading Irish Manufacturer of flexible packaging with manufacturing facilities in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Our fellow kababayans (countrymen) play a big role in packing a variety of popular house-hold brands such as Tayto, Brady Ham, O’Brien traditional ham, Manhattan crisps and peanuts, Kerry cheese, Toastie, as well as Brennan, Irish Pride products. They also supply the pharmaceutical bags and wraps for Pfizer, West Pharma, and many more.

About 50 Filipino machine operation specialists man the Boran facility in Naas in Co. Kildare. They have been working in the company for 15-25 years. Its owner, Mr. Martin Boran, loves to hire Filipinos because of their work ethic and professionalism. The company only employs a select, highly qualified group, mostly Filipino engineering graduates with good work experience from the Middle East.

We are very grateful to all the Pinoy staff in Boran for packing our stock of household goods and supplies in our pantries, office kitchens and medicine cabinets. Big thanks to the following employees including the ones who are not in the photos: Nestor Sunga, Leandro Constantino, Rey Mondala, Rey Pana, Efren Razon, Jeffrey Cruz, Kim Angon, Celso Jalagna, Sany Sanchez and Roy Gepiga.

Wacky Aguirre (in first photo below) said working at Boran could be challenging because it requires a lot of heavy lifting, but he commends the company for its great work environment and very supportive staff. He has now left Boran and moved to the Health Service Executive (HSE) as Central Decontamination Unit Technician in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital in Dublin where he decontaminates medical and reusable devices.

With regard to the corona virus crisis, Wacky’s advice:

“Stay home. We do our part, please do yours.”

If you know of any Filipinos in Ireland who are working beyond the call of duty to support the Irish community, please let us know. Thank you.

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