The rise in Internet usage in the Philippines has also led to a growth in cybersquatting cases or the unauthorized registration and use of a domain name of a popular brand or trademark belonging to someone else.
Emil Avanceña, sales and marketing director of DotPh, said the rising number of local domain name speculators or domainers is leading to more cybersquatting cases in the country. DotPH is the official domain registry of the Philippines, which sells the .ph country code domain.
"Some people will buy trademarks while others will buy a generic domain and develop it. We are seeing more of that. Because of the growth of Internet usage, more people are realizing that there’s a lot of value to advertising on the Internet. There’s more opportunity to make money or generate revenue from the Internet. The pie is getting bigger so each segment of the pie is getting bigger," Avanceña told abs-cbnNEWS.com.