Google officially launched the opening of the Google Philippines office in January 2013. The Philippines has been an important country for Google in the past, it’s the location that was chosen for the debut of Free Zone, it was a key early adopter of the Chrome browser — which has been the most used on the Web since May 2012.
Julian Persaud, managing director of Google in Southeast Asia has said “The Philippines is a key country in Southeast Asia in terms of its digital economy and tech-savvy population. Over 33 million Filipinos access the internet regularly to study, shop, search for ideas, opportunities, create news businesses, and connect to each other. And internet use in the Philippines is set to grow exponentially. Research indicates that the number of Filipinos online will have nearly doubled by 2016.” He also stressed “We’re not here for short-term gain. We’re here in Manila for the long term”.
Manuel L. Quezon III, Undersecretary for Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning, who represented President Benigno Aquino III at the company’s launch said he is optimistic that Google Philippines’ presence would lead to innovations. Quezon said “As the President’s message says it is a vote of confidence in the country and in the growing potential. If the market is due to expand by a 100 percent within three years, that’s really an explosive growth,”.
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