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MapX presents services to Davao De Oro ITCD Team

MapX presents services to Davao De Oro ITCD Team

MapX presents to Davao De Oro

The Manage Your Assets, Properties, and Map It for Visualization, or MapX, presents its services to the Davao De Oro ITCD Team. The meeting aims to provide end-to-end solutions for Davao de Oro and its real property owners. The activity features MapX services that could help LGU’s and RPU owners solve and improve real property valuation, assessment, and payment problems.

On August 19, 2020, MapX conducted an initial online meeting with the representatives from the Province of Davao De Oro. One of the meeting’s objective is to create a partnership and help improve real property tax collection in the Province. The meeting was participated by IT department Head and Provincial Information and Technology Officer, Ms. Joyzel Odin and representatives from the assessor’s and planning office. The MapX management team is also present during the meeting to present each project’s service and features.

Dr. Rolyn C. Daguil, MapX Project Leader, initiated and presented the meeting’s agenda and the overview of the project proposal. Mr. Dave Asis, the MapX lead programmer, then started the demonstration of the MapX service. He discussed the platform of MapX and showed the convenience of using its services.

Mr. James Earl Cubillas, the software engineer of MapX, presented one of the fantastic and noticeable features of MapX, the Circinus. As a result, the participants were astonished. Finally, the MapX Mobile Application was tackled by Mr. Jhon Sherwin C. Tadios. He explained that through MapX mobile application, property tax payment would be more convenient and less hassle.

After demonstrating the features of MapX, the participants threw some questions for clarifications that the presenters confidently answered. Although hindered by the Covid-19 pandemic, the team is making all efforts to create a solution that will help the government improve and increase the tax collection revenues.

The promotional activity is a success. The team is looking forward to having a successful partnership with the Province soon. The team is very excited as it gradually realizes its vision of providing advance real property tax solutions to the local government units within the Caraga region and its neighboring provinces.

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MapX Mobile App

MapX Mobile App

Why waste your time experiencing long queues to pay your real property tax obligations? When a mobile app can do the job for you. Yes, you heard it right! One of the products of MapX is the mobile application that will allow you to pay your real property tax obligations at the comfort of your home.

Let us not stick to what we are used to, and let us embrace the changes into newer and better. Do you want to know more about this feature? Just check the video below.

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Circinus – MapX AI Technology

Circinus – MapX AI Technology

Artificial Intelligence or AI has been a buzzword for quite some time, and who would not be amazed by the things it can do. What about an AI that captures technical descriptions on a map and reflects the survey plan digitally? You haven’t heard of it, have you? Well, guess what, MapX made it for you—introducing Circinus!

Circinus - MapX AI Technolgoy

The alpha version software has three modules; the My Workspace, Survey Plan Manipulation, and Extraction of Technical Data.

a. My Workspace
Circinus automatically creates a workspace for convenience on file management and smooth data extraction. It will also provide the user with a workspace ID as its workspace name and saves the data on that workspace located in the Circinus system directory.

b. Survey Plan Manipulation
Circinus needs the technical description table from the survey plan to perform data extraction. Therefore, the user needs to select the table using the module’s imaging tools.

c. Extraction of Technical Data
Circinus uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to capture details and descriptions on a given map. The application needs a local computing resource to achieve the desired digitized output. For instance, GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is crucial to perform Circinus’s AI Data Capture Technology. So, the higher the GPU, the faster for it to process and display the data.


Furthermore, this module serves as the data extraction feature for the selected table. In addition to GPU, the number of rows present in the image also affects the processing time of data extraction.

See how Circinus works in the video below.

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Strengthening LGU’s Real Property Tax: A way to cope with CoVid 19

Strengthening LGU’s Real Property Tax: A way to cope with CoVid 19

The unexpected advent of the CoVid-19 pandemic had impacted people across the globe. The outbreak had several adverse effects, including the massive layoff of employees, stoppage of business operations, government resources shrinking. And, last but not least, is the fear that it instilled into the public’s minds.

Despite all these, efforts to serve and patriotism are seen on numerous occasions to help a needy one. Not to mention our brave and modern heroes – our medical frontliners, who work tirelessly 27/4 to combat CoVid 19 pandemic.

CoVid 19

The government has been relentless in taking actions that will lessen the impact of the CoVid 19. It had exhausted all its resources. The government even went the extra mile to ask for additional support from foreign investors. Thus, making the total national debt a staggering $8.6 trillion.

The government and its people should work hand in hand to lessen the impact brought by the pandemic. In June 2020, the Asia Development Bank had green-lighted over $26.5 million loans so that the Philippine local governments can assess property taxes digitally. This loan grant aims to strengthen LGU’s real property tax collection. By shifting to advance information technology tools relevant in updating tax maps, valuation and assessment, and collection. This, however, will lead to the continued delivery of accessible and quality public service.

Robert Boothe, ADB senior public management specialist for Southeast Asia, added that “Local governments play a critical role in poverty reduction. Mobilizing local revenue in an efficient, equitable, and transparent manner is vital to local governments’ goal of delivering accessible, quality public services. This new project will provide the digital tools, systems, and local staff training needed to help local governments raise revenue”.

Therefore, it is time for our local officials to adopt technologies and services readily available in the market. That will aim to improve property tax collection and speed-up recovery from the pandemic. The time is now to level-up our system and process in administering real property tax. To achieve the greater good and provide lasting public service to the Filipino people.

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Why use MapX?

Why use MapX?

Let’s dig deeper into how MapX will help us.

Why MapX

As we all know, MapX is made due to the observation that people are having a hard time, especially in the payment process of their real property taxes. Due to the outdated market value schedules, the government losses up to billions in Real Property Tax.

Some government offices in our country are currently still using the traditional way to pay real property taxes and tax mapping processes. They are even not exposed to the technologies we have to make people’s lives a lot easier.  

In this pandemic, we should think of some strategies or ways to innovate essential services to help our government and our people. MapX is very timely since it gives us options to maximize our time and be productive. All while following the government’s protocol to stay at home and help avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Moreover, it will also help our government to have fast-moving transactions through automation and digitization services.

Why do we need to use MapX?

Aside from a hassle-free transaction in real property tax payment, government transactions will become automated. Tax mapping is a long process using the manual or traditional way. But, in MapX, you can have it digitized in just a short period.

Using technology in this modern world is inevitable. And through MapX, we’ll be able to experience a more comfortable, faster, and better life by making transactions accessible at the tip of your hand.

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The Uses of Real Property Tax

The Uses of Real Property Tax

As per the Supreme Court of the Philippines, the Local Government Units (LGU) shall have local autonomy. It is to perform functions and exercise certain powers, not to be overly dependent on the National Government. However, it must still follow the limitations set by the Congress or that in the 1987 Constitution.

Hence, authorized by law, the LGUs can establish their own revenue sources and levy taxes, fees, and impose charges, one of which is the real property tax (RPT). For RPT, the LGUs can appraise all real properties. Whether it is taxable or exempt, at their current and fair market value (FMV) prevailing in the locality.

The use of collections from real property tax helps every locality improve, enhance, and make every person’s life easier. By providing funds for the delivery of basic needs. Most notably in the development of infrastructure for local use including,

  • Low cost housing
  • roads
  • bridges
  • irrigation networks
  • cemeteries
  • public markets
  • elementary and high school buildings

Moreover, the use of real property tax uses also include industrial research and support services and tourism promotion programs. It also funds investment support for micro-credit services and primary health care of the people. Lastly, it provides financial support for the management and maintenance of the ecological balance. The local government units exercise these functions in coordination with national government agencies that provide policy, technical, and material support.

The Uses of Real Property Tax

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Challenges in paying Real Property Tax in the Philippines

Challenges in paying Real Property Tax in the Philippines

According to the Local Government Code of 1991 or Republic Act no. 7160, property owners are required by the law to pay the Real Property Tax (RPT) every year. For the government to collect real property taxes, they need to identify every piece of real property owner. Tax mapping has an essential role since it provides the public with vital real property tax information. And a basis of an adequate tax record.

However, in most regions, including Caraga, the challenges in paying real property tax are outdated valuation references and low collection processes. They are still not using the advanced tools in tax mapping and payment methods.

Challenges in Paying Real Property Tax

There are two ways to pay taxes in the Philippines. First is through the Local Government Unit (LGU) that is often through the Treasurer’s Office. The second one is online. Some places, specifically in the National Capital Region, are already using the online payment mode, which makes it a lot easier and less hassle because they are no longer experiencing long queues for them to pay.

Unfortunately, with the two options in paying the Real Property Tax (RPT), people from Visayas and Mindanao are still using the traditional way. Since online payment for real property tax is still not available. Most of the payers put too much effort into visiting LGUs where their properties are. As a result, property owners experience a long queue and use old-fashioned ways of processing the payment to comply with taxpayers’ responsibilities.

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Miscellaneous Maps

Miscellaneous Maps


For a map to become more accurate, all elements on a location should be on the map. For instance, bridges, roads, canals, and water bodies fall under miscellaneous maps. MapX gives importance to these tiny details to make it easier for our users to create accurate maps. Thus, simplifying miscellaneous maps to bring out the best visual you can have.

See the video below.

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Index Maps

Index Maps

Index Maps

After sectioning, an index map consolidates all the sections on a barangay. It is also possible to create an index map for a city/municipality. Well, this could be time-consuming if done manually. Good thing, we now have companies that are offering services to make these maps in a snap of a finger.
MapX specializes in tax mapping services. It has interactive tools for tweaking maps on the fly and make them available for printing right away.

Below gives you an idea as to how index maps are done in MapX.

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Section Maps

Section Maps

From the mapped lots(parcel), you need to consolidate all those maps to make section maps. Section map gives a clear picture of all the parcels on a particular location, making it easier to point out the metes and bounds of the specific area. Traditionally, you will undergo the same process as plotting a lot. Yet there is now available technology in the market that enables a tax mapper to create these maps out of all the parcels that have been recorded.
MapX allows users to label neighboring locations and create sections from recorded parcels automatically. The good thing is, it is also readily available for print.

See the video below: