We saw it coming! With the launched of YouTube Philippines back in October 2011 – the first local version in South East Asia; and last year’s Google Free Zone – a first in the world in partnership with Globe Telecom, Google officially opens shop today, January 23, Wednesday, in the Philippines.
According to a report by the Asia Digital Marketing Association, 33.6 million Filipinos tapped into the Internet in 2011. That’s already about one third of the population. By 2016, the report said, 59 percent of the population will be turning to the Internet, for everything from shopping to building a business to connecting with friends. And that is why Google will be here in the country long-term according to Julian Persaud, Managing Director of Google Southeast Asia which describes Philippines as a key country in Southeast Asia in terms of its digital economy and tech-savvy population.
At the helm of the Philippine-office is the first Country Manager Narciso Reyes, an internet veteran with over 16 years of digital experience in Asian and US markets and his portfolio includes Friendster, DoubleClick and LycosAsia.
“We’re excited to be deepening our investment in the Philippines with the opening of our office here in Manila. 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,” said Narciso Reyes.
Google Philippines office is located in Makati City and will start hiring soon so watch out. I’m thinking though that the Manila office will be sales-driven team so the slots are more of Sales and Marketing (I guess.)