IBM Opens Two New Branches in the Philippines

                IBM Opens Two New Branches in the Philippines

Part of IBM strategy to increase support for customers and partners in fastest
growing markets in the world

PR Newswire

PAMPANGA and DAVAO, Philippines, Dec. 5, 2012

PAMPANGAand DAVAO, Philippines, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --IBM (NYSE: IBM)
today announced the opening of two new branch offices in the Philippines as it
builds out its presence and increases its support for clients and partners in
the country. The new offices in the cities of Pampanga and Davao are the
latest additions to IBM's growth market operations and part of a strategy to
increase its presence in the fastest growing economies in the world.

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The ASEAN region has recently experienced record economic growth and earlier
this year IBM opened new offices in regional cities in Malaysia and Indonesia.
This year, the Philippines has been one of the stars of the ASEAN region with
a strong economic performance driven by domestic demand, government spending
and increased foreign investment. IBM is seeing increasing demand for its
solutions and services in the fast-growing regions beyond the capital Manila
as the Philippines government works to stimulate growth across the country.

"2012 has been an important year for IBM in the Philippines. Not only have we
marked 75 years of business operations in the country, but with new offices in
Pampanga and Davao, we have also intensified our focus on emerging regions
beyond Manila, in line with the government's Next Wave Cities program," said
Mariels Almeda Winhoffer, Country General Manager, IBM Philippines.

Central Luzon, where the Pampanga office is located, has two of the country's
premier economic zones – Clark and Subic Bay Freeport Zones - and other
industrial areas that generate jobs and revenue for the country. Composed of
seven provinces, the region has an international airport, a seaport,
industrial and agricultural areas and rapidly evolving tourism and services
industries.

Davao City is an important financial and trade center located in the Mindanao
region in the East of the Philippines. Its strategic location makes it an
important trade center for the region and has strong international links with
neighboring countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Australia.
Earlier this year IBM announced that it is working with the Davao City
Government to provide its Intelligent Operations Center solution to help Davao
to scale-up its existing Public Safety and Security Command Center to further
enhance public safety operations in the city.

IBM's commitment and focus in the Philippines reaches beyond traditional
business frontiers. The company actively partners with local ICT groups,
government organizations, business chambers and academic institutions to
promote and harness technology to support the region's economic development.

IBM recently deployed teams of high-performing employees from various parts of
the world to Central Luzon as part of its IBM Corporate Service Corps
program. The IBM employees were deployed to Olangapo City Government, Subic
Bay Management Authority (SBMA), Comteq Computer & Business College, Hanafil
Golf and Tour, IDESS Interactive Technologies and IDESS Maritime Training
Center where they worked on a pro-bono basis on projects related to skills
development and IT transformation.

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Media contacts:
Owen Cammayo
IBM Philippines
+632 995-2519
cammayol@ph.ibm.com

Jonathan Batty
IBM Growth Markets Unit
48-693-93-5403
Jonathan.Batty@pl.ibm.com

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