Google exec seeks better PH broadband penetration

by Ces Oreña Drilon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 08 2012 10:11 PM | Updated as of Oct 09 2012 11:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Google vice president of infrastructure Dr. Eric Brewer on Monday unveiled his dream for the Philippines -- the ability to develop software on any island in the archipelago.

Brewer said this may be possible by year 2030.

The professor at UC Berkeley pushed for greater broadband penetration in the Philippines.

He cited India's example, wherein a 10% increase in broadband penetration translated to a 1.4 percent increase in GDP.

Brewer was the keynote speaker at Phildev's entrepreneurship and innovation forum called "Silicon Valley comes to the Philippines."

The forum aims to discover and harness Filipino talent in the software industry.

Phildev president Catherine Buan Peterson said one of their initiatives is to create a research body with the help of the deans of major tech universities in the United States.

Phildev chairman Dado Banatao and venture capital Tallwood's managing director, said the Philippine still has a long way to go.

He said the Philippines is still in step 2 of the tech ladder.

In the open forum, Banatao challenged business leaders to invest more in improving education to hasten the advancement of the country in the software industry.

Banatao was impressed by 22 start-up companies that pitched to Phildev for the grant of seed money to fund their projects.

One of the 8 that won a P100,000 grant belongs to Unyx Sta. Ana and Raymond del Rosario, who developed a software that tracks the airing of ads on TV and radio for the advertising industry.

The Philippines is still a long way from Silicon Valley but the inspiration brought by Filipino visionaries that made it there is a great source of inspiration for the youth.

The forum hopes their energy will be matched by the government and Filipino business leaders.