Davao City Planning Office Now Has an Intelligent Assistant

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To function well in today’s fast-paced world, digitization is essential.

Davao City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) understands the significance of digitization and with the Lorax Assistant, the impact on efficiency and minimizing work redundancy in local government can be astonishing.

Through the use of the Lorax Assistant App, Davao City executives, city planning officers, and other individuals can gain access to data quickly without spending too much time flipping through paperwork.

As the Lorax Assistant starts to feed data, the team should be able to make it more intelligent and provide more descriptive and predictive analysis for Davao City in the coming months.

This, in turn, helps the government focus more on data analysis and give the needed solution to city problems which can benefit everyone involved.

With innovative thinking and decisive leadership of Davao’s CPDO, the Lorax Assistant team was able to get the support of City Planning Head Mr. Ivan Cortez, Mr. Denton Siapno head of Geographic Information System Division, Mrs. Cresentia Victoria head of Research and Statistics Division, and Mrs. Joan Esguerra head of Project Monitoring Division, their leadership all play a role in shaping the city of Davao to what it is now, with the push of digitization from Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

Get to know Lorax

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Lorax Assistant is a digital ecosystem that is easy, fast, and readily available for use. Anyone can view the current status of a barangay or city in Davao. Moreover, it gives you a straightforward data analysis that you can use wherever needed.

The team behind the Lorax Assistant app is a startup founded in Cebu, Philippines. On October 2016, the team got its partnership with the Davao City Planning Office to solve fundamental problems of sustainable development – the lack of data availability.

Lorax is also part of the ASEAN Data Startup Accelerator Program supported by Malaysian Digital Economy and Open Data Institute in the UK in which they were fully funded to join the London Bootcamp. The training is to gain more knowledge about Data Infrastructure and Big Data.

The Lorax Assistant app is available for download in Google Play Store. You can also follow their page on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated.

By taking a bold move towards digitization, other city offices, students, and researchers can take advantage of the information gathered. Moreover, the city of Davao will be doing something good for the ecosystem as they no longer need to record tons of paperwork to store data. With just a tap on any mobile device, you can access data wherever, whenever by simply logging into the Lorax Assistant App.

In the coming years, a majority of the workforce will comprise of millennials. And with millennials mostly using the internet, Lorax Assistant will provide a flexible avenue to access data. When data is within everyone’s reach, it should be able to accelerate a City’s sustainable development.

Davao City Planning Office Now Has an Intelligent Assistant

Tagum City Joins the Lorax Digital Ecosystem

The Lorax team together with Mayor Allan Rellon, Tagum CPDO and DILG Region XI


Tagum City which is the capital of Davao del Norte is now moving to integrate their Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) through Lorax Assistant . CBMS is a systematized method of data collection and processing at the local level. At the same time, it is an essential tool in the integration of data in local program implementation, planning, and impact monitoring.

With a well-planned zoning scheme, Tagum City guarantees investors a peaceful and business-friendly community. To stabilize development goals, Lorax and the city officials work together to improve data collection.

Mainly, this will help the city address the following gaps and issues:

  1. Lack of capacity in analyzing, interpreting, and managing data
  2. Few or very far in between data collection
  3. Lack of necessary separate data for:
  • determining causes of city problems
  • formulating appropriate programs and policies
  • assessing the impact of formulated programs and policies

The city does not only boast unspoiled ecology but also amenities of a completely responsive state of business and trade. Through the help of Lorax, it is now slowly joining the movement of developing communities.

By being a part of the Lorax Digital Ecosystem, lack of data availability will no longer be a problem for Tagum City in the future. As more and more government units start gathering data, sustainable development will be much easier to realize.

Tagum City Joins the Lorax Digital Ecosystem