The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila on Friday, May 28 hosted a virtual general assembly for faculty, students, and staff to chart the way forward more than year since the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
PLM President Emmanuel Leyco led the battery of consultations hosted via Zoom, which was done in three batches to accommodate more than 12,000 members of the student body, full-time and part-time faculty, and administrative staff.
The first round was held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for students and faculty in the PLM Business School; College of Law; School of Government; College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and their corresponding graduate schools.
PLM officials hosted session 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for stakeholders in the College of Engineering and Technology, College of Education, College of Architecture & Urban Planning, and their graduate schools.
The final session was hosted from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for the College of Science, College of Nursing, College of Physical Therapy, College of Medicine, their corresponding graduate schools, and other academic and administrative staff.
Thousands of PLM employees and enrollees joined the general assembly in each session. They were able to field questions directly to President Leyco. Among the concerns tackled were the distribution of cash cards for receiving financial assistance for students living in the City of Manila, faculty tenure, and telemedicine services amid the pandemic.
Executive Vice President Ma. Auxilliadora Libertine Chavez-Amor and Vice President for Finance and Management Luzviminda Landicho also presented proposed revisions in the reimbursable tuition and fees under the Commission on Higher Education’s Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education or UniFAST Program.
Undergraduate students will continue to enjoy free tuition despite these proposed changes as the University hopes to secure additional funding support under UniFAST. At present, PLM relies mainly on subsidies from the City Government of Manila for its annual budget for direct expenses such as faculty salaries and operating costs as well as the maintenance of facilities and campus utilities.
PLM has pivoted from using its 78 classrooms, 13 lecture rooms and 20 laboratories inside the campus into 2,600 virtual classrooms on Microsoft Teams to adapt to distance learning, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Clydelle Rondaris added.
“The pandemic requires that we adjust technologically. We are here to review our constraints so that we can move forward by delivering the same or even better services and quality of education,” President Leyco said.
PLM has been providing quality education to the Filipino youth since 1965 as a publicly funded university in Manila.