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Republic Act No. 4196 or “An Act Authorizing the City of Manila to Establish and Operate the University of City of Manila”, which created the PLM, is the University Charter. It was signed into law on June 19, 1965.

According to the charter, the Congress of the Philippines conferred upon the Board of Regents the exclusive power to govern the university.

Photo: President Diosdado Macapagal signs Republic Act No. 4196, otherwise known as the University Charter. Joining him are (left to right) Atty. Primitivo de Leon, secretary to the Mayor of Manila; Manila Mayor Antonio Villegas (standing, second from left); Rep. Ramon Mitra, Jr.; and Rep. Justo Albert (right), principal sponsor of the bill.