IN PHOTOS: Google Philippines launches new office


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MANILA, Philippines - Search giant Google has opened its new headquarter in the Philippines, four years after it launched its first office in the country in 2013.

Google Philippines launches new office
Google Philippines Country Manager Ken Lingan (L) and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez during the launch of search giant's new Philippine office.
The new office will home a team of 60 to 70 members of the local arm, big enough from 6 members in 2013.

The relaxing scene and spacious design of the headquarter in Taguig serve as a reminder of how big the task of digitizing the Philippines, according to Google Philippines communications head Gail Tan.

Here are some photos from Google PH new office launch - lobby and pantry (Note: taking photos of the workstations was restricted):

Google Philippines in BGC, Taguig

Google Philippines in BGC, Taguig lobby

Google Philippines in BGC, Taguig lobby

Google Philippines in BGC, Taguig pantry

Google Philippines in BGC, Taguig pantry

Google Philippines in BGC, Taguig pantry

Google Philippines in BGC, Taguig pantry

In case you want to work at Google, Ken Lingan, Google Philippines Country Manager, said that there are currently openings mostly in marketing and sales ( https://careers.google.com/locations/ and choose Manila from the dropdown).

Google announces grant for digital literacy program for one million Filipinos in VisMin

Google Philippines said it supports the growth of the country’s digital economy with the philanthropic arm Google.org grant to DigiBayanihan, a nationwide digital literacy program that promotes digital inclusion among Filipinos.

The support from Google.org is expected to extend DigiBayanihan’s program to one million Filipinos in Visayas and Mindanao.

“This step is part of our continuing effort to create a stronger, more inclusive digital economy in the Philippines. While Internet penetration has improved over the last five years, 2 out of 5 Filipinos are still missing out on the huge opportunities that come with being online. We want to empower them with digital know-how so that they can make the most of the Internet,” said Lingan.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, who was guest of honor at the launch, said, “With the population getting more connected and engaged every day, it is necessary for individuals, businesses, and communities to have the right skills to thrive in today’s modern economy. That’s why we welcome Google’s commitment to promote digital inclusion and empower every Filipino online, and in effect, drive the country’s economy forward.”

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Google also highlighted the importance of developers in the digital economy of the country with the launch of the Launchpad Accelerator program in the Philippines. The program provides equity-free support to help start-ups scale into thriving companies.

New Philippine sites up on Google Street View

Google Philippines also announced today that they’ve released 188 new local sites on Street View, including key attractions and landmarks from Batanes to Palawan to Guimaras.

Lopez and Lingan take a look of new Street View sites
Lopez and Lingan take a look of new Street View sites through Google Cardboard
With this, over 300 sites from across the country have been made available on Street View since the launch of the first collection in 2015.

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