Is Google prepping up its Philippine office?

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MANILA, Philippines — In the past few weeks, several job openings meant specifically for the Philippines have cropped up in Google Singapore’s jobs page, leading industry watchers to speculate about a possible representative office for the Internet search giant here.

Among the positions Google is on the lookout for is the country sales manager for the Philippines, who is tasked to oversee sales operations for Google’s various ad products and developing a local team for that purpose.

Other job vacancies for the Philippines include those for an account strategist, an agency relationship manager, a communications manager (spokesperson) and the head of marketing.

All of these vacancies will be based out of Google’s office in Singapore, the job postings said.

Asked if all these job openings are for a possible physical office in the Philippines, a Google spokesperson merely told “We are always exploring opportunities in Southeast Asia but nothing to announce at this time.”
On Friday, Google formally announced the opening of its newest Southeast Asia representative office in Jakarta, to be headed by Rudy Ramawy, leading some to speculate that the Philippines could be next.

But a cursory search of such possibilities has led to a July 2011 post by Pinoy tech blogger Abe Olandres, stating that the position of country sales manager has been open for almost a year now.

Google has had a country consultant for the Philippines since 2006 who has been in touch with the local developer and technology communities in behalf of the Internet firm.

It will be remembered that just in October last year, Google formally launched YouTube Philippines, the first localization of the popular video-sharing site in Southeast Asia.

Reports have said that Google has been on a growth path in the region recently, marked by a string of new offices in Malaysia, Thailand and now Indonesia as it looks outside of the US for more revenue opportunities.

Aside from the three new offices, Google also operates an office in Singapore.