The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila is embarking on a major strategic planning workshop this December to guide the PLM’s vision, mission, and approaches for the year 2021, with the adjustment to the “new normal” being the biggest concern for the administration.
Ahead of a three-day strategic planning workshop from December 14-16, 2020, the University sought guidance from Dr. Victor Limlingan, an education and planning expert.
Dr. Limlingan, a former professor at the Asian Institute of Management and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, led the discussion on “Education Strategy in the midst of COVID-19 Pandemic.” He discussed a comprehensive set of instructions to guide PLM officials and respective units in mapping out their plans and processes for the coming year.
Dr. Limlingan gave three key insights in planning: First is to always visualize where things are and where the institution should be. This vision-setting will make it easier for planners to chart the path towards progress.
The work does not stop there, as all plans must be constantly reviewed and revised to respond to changing times and circumstances. The plans crafted last year for 2020 have been rendered irrelevant by the COVID-19 crisis, so decision makers must always be on alert and see the need for adjustments.
Through the pandemic, Dr. Limlingan said effective response would involve a constant identification of what has changed. This way, transitions such as the shift to online learning, work-from-home arrangements for employees, and virtual meetings are facilitated properly.
The third pillar is to dream and design, where planners have to always think about the possibilities which may arise that could throw off original protocols. Any adjustments, however, must stay rooted to an institution’s values. For PLM, it means providing an environment conducive to learning in the most efficient way despite existing quarantine rules.
Dr. Limlingan’s Friday morning lecture preceded PLM’s strategic planning sessions this week, which will map out the different approaches which the University will take for the remainder of Academic Year 2020-2021 and the subsequent AY 2021-2022.
“COVID-19 has been the greatest disruptor in our history, throwing off previously planned projects and funding priorities as the pandemic became the most pressing issue which the PLM Community has faced,” University President Emmanuel Leyco said.
“We will ensure a more responsive and decisive leadership for the upcoming year to ensure we are ready to face further headwinds that may come our way,” he added.
On its 55th year, PLM vows to provide accessible quality education to deserving students and contribute to nation-building.
- Dr. Limlingan, a former professor at the Asian Institute of Management and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business,
- led the discussion on “Education Strategy in the midst of COVID-19 Pandemic.”