Google Opens Office in Philippines

Google Opens Office in Philippines

Google officially announced the opening of its office in Philippines, which will be situated in central Makati, and also picked former Friendster executive Narciso Reyes as its first country manager.

With over 70 offices in more than 40 countries, Google added its office in the Philippines, which will be the 5th representative office in the Southeast Asian Region, alongside with Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and their Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore. With Google’s local presence now here in the Philippines, Filipinos can expect Google to provide more impact and significant role in the lives of Filipinos.

Google Philippines Office

From left to right: Gail Tan, Communications Manager of Google Philippines; Manuel L. Quezon III, Undersecretary of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office; Julian Persaud, Managing Director of Google in Southeast Asia; and Narciso Reyes, Country Manager of Google Philippines.

In a briefing on Wednesday, Julian Persaud, managing director of Google in Southeast Asia, said that the Philippines is a key country in Southeast Asia in terms of its digital economy and tech-savvy population.

Persaud added that the new office will allow Google to better engage with their local users, partners, and advertisers. Over 33 million Filipinos access the Internet regularly and is set to grow exponentially.

Persaud stressed that, Google will be here in Manila for the long term.

Narciso Reyes, the newly appointed Google Philippines country manager said that Google will be working on localizing their products for the Filipinos. He also shared Google plans in providing a cost-efficient platform for Philippine businesses wanting to advertise online.

Among Google’s innovation for Philippines includes adapting its services such as Gmail and Hangout to work on less reliable internet connections, easy instant access to Google Search, Gmail, and Google Plus in internet enabled smartphones or tables charge free.

Department of Education (DepEd) also brought their system to Google Cloud, where data for teachers alone equal 17 petabytes of storage. The Google Apps for Education are now being used by over 50,000 students of Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle universities.

Google is currently hiring for its office in the Philippines and job postings will be available at Google Philippines jobs.

With Google having a local presence here in the Philippines, do Filipinos expect a lower cost for Google Nexus 4 and other Google mobile and tablet products? We’ll find that out soon.