Google finally touches down in Manila as it opens its first local office in the Philippines. Narciso Reyes has been appointed the country manager of Google Philippines. He has commented that with a local office, the country will be able to get more out of Google and its services, for example optimizing Gmail and video chat on less reliable Internet connections. The search giant is also looking forward to giving “Filipinos easy and instant access to Google Search, Gmail & G+ on internet-enabled phones & smartphones charge-free.”
Google has become well established in the country in recent years, with telcos teaming up with the search giant to provide free access to Google products, to using Google services for natural disaster coordination after the numerous typhoons that have rocked the country.
“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. Over 33 million Filipinos access the internet regularly to study, shop, search for ideas, opportunities, create new businesses, and connect to each other.” said Julian Persaud, managing director of Google in Southeast Asia.
Those who have yearned to work at a Google office are in luck as the local branch is still looking for additions to the team. Simply check out the link for the list of available jobs.