Google opened its Philippine office yesterday, January 23, 2013.
According to Google’s statement made on Wednesday, the new office is part of Google’s ongoing efforts to provide and improve services for its Filipino users, help the country’s businesses grow, both locally and globally, and tap local talent.
“The Philippines is a key country in Southeast Asia in terms of its digital economy and tech-savvy population,” Julian Persaud, managing director of Google Southeast Asia said in the statement. According to Persaud, more than 33 million Filipinos access the Internet regularly, and Internet usage is set to grow exponentially.
Manuel L. Quezon III, Undersecretary for Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning, who represented President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III at the company’s launch said he is optimistic that Google Philippines’ presence would lead to innovations.
Google Country Manager Narciso Reyes meanwhile said they see Google as a part of Filipinos’ everyday lives.
Reyes says in a press statement, ‘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.’