In photo: (L-R): Gabby Roxas (Country Marketing Head, Google PH); Stacie Chan (Product Partnerships Manager, Google Asia-Pacific); Gara Santos-Ontiveros (Industry Head for CPG, Google PH); Ken Lingan (Country Manager, Google PH); Mahesh Bhalerao (Global Director, Google NBU Partnerships); Nikka Arcilla (Brand Marketing Manager, Google Maps); Simon Tokumine (Group Product Manager, Google Search)
- Google Station
A platform that provides open, free and high quality Wi-Fi hotspots, Google Station is a project with SMART to expand connectivity to heavily-trafficked areas such as airports, markets, malls, and bus stations. It will be available in more than 50 locations, including airports in Manila, Clark, and Davao, and LRT 2 and MRT 3 stations by the end of February and is also expected to launch in hundreds more sites in the country before the end of the year.
Mahesh Bhalerao (Global Director, Google NBU Partnerships)
- Google Go
For Filipinos going online for the first time, Google brings a new way to enjoy the best of internet in one convenient app with Google Go. Showcasing the latest Search trends as well as the Philippines most popular apps and websites, the newly-launched app brings the best of the web to your fingertips with just a tap. It has three special features that meet the needs of users who are new to the internet — a tap-first user interface, a less than 5MB consumption on storage, and a “play” button to read the text out loud.
Simon Tokumine (Group Product Manager, Google Search)
Google Go is now available on the Google Play Store.
- Number Coding on Google Maps
Created in collaboration with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the new Number Coding feature will help drivers get to their destination while avoiding restricted roads on their coding day. Users can simply input their assigned coding day in the Google Maps app and Google Maps will recommend route options keeping in mind the restricted roads.
Nikka Arcilla (Brand Marketing Manager, Google Maps)
- Jobs on Google Search
To help connect job seekers and employers, when Filipinos search for “job vacancies” they’ll see job listings from across the web directly in Search, including job sites like the Department of Labor and Employment, Civil Service Commission, Kalibrr, Jobayan and Jobs Cloud. With over half a million listings, the new job search experience will allow people to filter search results by criteria such as job type, industry or city. Job seekers can also save a specific search and get alerts about new and relevant job openings.
Stacie Chan (Product Partnerships Manager, Google Asia-Pacific)
Connect to more opportunities now with Jobs on Google Search.
- “Digiskarteng Pinay”
For madiskarteng Filipinas, this is a program powered by YouTube that aims to empower women by connecting them to content that can help improve their lives. The Youtube channel will provide “upskilling” content across different categories ranging from Family Nutrition, Financial Literacy, Beauty, Fashion to STEM, coding skills and technical skills. Google has partnered with NGOs, government bodies, brands and creators to help provide information for women and enable them to improve and diversify their skill sets for their personal growth or create livelihood opportunities.
Gara Santos-Ontiveros (Industry Head for CPG, Google PH)
- Google My Business
Highlighting the need to support the digitization of small businesses, “Google My Business” is a free and easy-to-use tool for businesses to manage their online presence across Google Search and Maps has been available for Filipino businesses to use since 2015. By verifying and editing their business information, publishing posts promoting a special offer or event, or replying to reviews, Filipino merchants can attract new customers and engage with existing ones where they spend an increasing amount of their time—online on mobile. PLDT Enterprise has also confirmed to help verify Filipino Business Profiles through an online process and support them to get their businesses listed online.
Gabby Roxas (Country Marketing Head, Google PH)
Register and connect to more customers with Google My Business.
Stay tuned for even more exciting announcements from Google this year, and keep your eyes peeled for the official launch of Google Station this February, along with the other platforms that are now available online.