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The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila extended its utmost gratitude to members of the Samahan ng Pagkalinga ng Pamantasan, Inc. (SPPI) on Saturday, March 20, 2021 to acknowledge their contributions to the university and society amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

PLM President Emmanuel Leyco relayed the community's words of appreciation to members of the PLM College of Nursing Alumni Association in a virtual meeting, which included over 30 members of nursing graduates from the past decades. He also administered the oath of office to SPPI's new set of board of trustees.

SPPI members are based worldwide, with the school's alumni manning the frontlines of foreign hospitals as well.

Incumbent College of Nursing Student Council President Joanna Balagtas delivered a thank-you speech for the generosity of the SPPI members in providing scholarships to deserving pupils. SPPI scholars also extended their gratitude to the organization in video messages, saying the financial aid has helped them keep up with the demands of online learning as classrooms remain closed due to the pandemic.

PLM College of Nursing Dean Dr. Lady Anne De Jesus said the SPPI members serve as a "source of inspiration" for PLM students aspiring to be professional nurses. "They came back to their roots to serve and share their wealth of knowledge with us," she said of the organization whose members embody "what a Filipino nurse should be."

For his part, President Leyco briefed the alumni about the steps which the administration has taken to adjust to the "new normal" of education and to keep members of the PLM community safe.

"The support of students, faculty, and our esteemed alumni are necessary to beat COVID-19. It might take longer for us to beat the pandemic, but rest assured that PLM will rise above everything," he said, recognizing the physical and economic dislocations brought about by this crisis.

PLM students and graduates in the medical field have been selflessly aiding the country's fight against the pandemic since the first coronavirus case was detected in the country in 2020.

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