Google opens Philippine office
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The stage is set for Google to take on the Philippines as a new Southeast Asian territory.
Google officially launched the opening of the Google Philippines office on Wednesday, January 23, making Manila the site of the company's fifth Southeast Asia office.
Reyes: The PH office will help the country get more out of Google.— Google PH (@googleph) January 23, 2013
Narciso Reyes, formerly Google's head of sales for the Philippines, will serve as Country Manager for the office.
Said Reyes of Google Philippines' plans for the future, "Our local team will be committed to providing better services to our Filipino users and to helping businesses - large and small - grow locally and globally, contributing to the growth of the Philippine economy. We envision Google as part of everyday Filipino lives and as a partner in the development of local communities, culture and business."
Disussing Google's investment in the Philippine office, Julian Persaud, Managing Director of Google in Southeast Asia, said at the launch event that Google would be "here for the long term."
Persaud on Google’s investment in PH: “We’re here for the long term.”— Google PH (@googleph) January 23, 2013
Regarding Google's plans for the Philippines, Persaud made mention of adapting Google's services for the country in relation to less reliable internet connections, which seems to follow Google's FreeZone offering in the country.
Persaud adds in a press statement, "The Philippines is a key country in Southeast Asia in terms of its digital economy and tech-savvy population. This new office will allow us better engage with our local users, partners and advertisers."
Government Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III had this to say about Google planting roots here. "We are delighted that Google has decided to set up an office in Manila," says Quezon. "Their presence is a testament to their commitment to the Philippines. We hope that Google’s entry will encourage more local businesses to go online and tap into international markets."
Google Philippines is expected to have job listings available at http://www.google.com.ph/jobs soon, so interested readers may want to watch out for that as well. - Rappler.com