Raymond Garret was university-educated between Egypt, Korea, Ireland, and the Philippines but the Philippines was the foundation of all his education. While attending university in Liceo De Cagayan University in Cagayan De Oro City in 2003, Raymond – with the backing of an Irish philanthropist – founded an Orphanage which he ran at board level for a number of years. Following nine years in university which included undergraduate and post graduate studies, Raymond was hired by the newly opened Philippine Embassy Dublin as a Business and IT consultant but quickly became the embassy’s main researcher working directly with the deputy head of mission. Raymond played a key role in the setting up of a permanent Embassy in Dublin. At the end of his 18-month term Raymond started a property maintenance business (Vital Property Services).
Following the closure of the Philippine Embassy in Dublin, the Embassy sought Raymond’s help in finding a suitable Honorary Consul at which point Raymond nominated Mark Congdon who was later appointed as Honorary Consul. Raymond was then appointed as Director of Operations of the Philippine Honorary Consulate Dublin. Raymond took this voluntary role on and quickly became a recognised individual in the Filipino Community in Ireland.
Raymond was instrumental in all aspects of the setting up of the Consulate and managed the day to day running of the Consulate. Raymond had for five years, dedicated countless unpaid hours each and every week to run and manage the Consulate. Following his resignation in September 2018, Raymond together with his business partner Vanda Brady founded Outreach Ireland and continued to provide emergency assistance to the Filipino Community.
Raymond recently received an appointment as a Commissioner for Oaths by the Chief Justice of Ireland in the Supreme Court of Ireland.
Raymond is married since 2004 to a Filipina he met while attending university in the Philippines. They have three children who are proud dual citizens. Raymond now has businesses in different sectors including construction, hospitality and consultancy and is activily exploring various opportunities to enhance his business links with the Philippines.