Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, or the University of the City of Manila (PLM), is a municipal government-funded, tuition-free, university within the district of Intramuros in Manila, the Philippines. It was established on June 19, 1965 and opened on July 17, 1967 to 556 scholars, all coming from the top ten percent of graduates of Manila's public high schools.[1][2]

PLM holds the distinction of being the first tertiary-level institution in the country to offer tuition-free education; the first university funded solely by a city government; and, the first institution of higher learning in the country to have its official name in Filipino.[1][2][3]

From its first enrollment record of 556 freshman scholars coming from the top ten percent of the graduating classes of Manila's twenty-nine public high schools, total semestral enrollment has grown to an average of 10,000.[4] The lone college in its earliest beginning has sprung to 12 colleges,[5] seven graduate,[6] two professional schools,[7] and a score of research and specialized centers, including a teaching hospital, an entrepreneurial center,[8] and an integrated learning center for toddlers. In addition, it maintains a comprehensive distance education and open university program for thousands of community health workers and public administrators in different regions nationwide, with affiliations and recognition from various national and international organizations and institutions.[2]

Based on a study using cumulative data from 1999 to 2003 showed that during the said period PLM was among the top five schools nationwide in terms of board exam passing rate. In the same study, it was one among three public universities in the top ten category.[2][9]


Academics and administrationEdit


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As a chartered and autonomous university,[2] PLM is governed by a Board of Regents and administered by a President.[10] The Board of Regents, the highest decision-making body of PLM, has the authority to grant diplomas, certificates and titles to students who have completed their academic programs and validate graduation of students.[2] The six-member Board is composed of the President of the PLM, a representative of the PLM faculty, a distinguished alumnus, a respected educator, and one other respected professional, and the Superintendent of the Division of City Schools-Manila. Each member serves a six-year tenure of office.[10][11] The President oversees the implementation of the university policies. Immediately under the President are the offices of four Vice-Presidents - Executive Vice President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Administration, and Vice President for Finance and Planning.[12]

The Presidents of the
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

University of the City of Manila
Dr. Benito F. Reyes, 23 February 1967 – 23 June 1972
Dr. Consuelo L. Blanco, 21 December 1972 – 31 May 1978
Dr. Ramon D. Bagatsing, 1 June 1978 – 27 October 1982
Dr. Jose D. Villanueva, 14 January 1983 – 30 June 1989
Dr. Benjamin G. Tayabas, 1 July 1989 – 24 June 1996
Dr. Virsely dela Cruz, 25 June 1996 – 30 April 1999
Dr. Ma. Corazon T. Veridiano (Acting President), May 1999 - December 1999
Atty. Emmanuel R. Sison (Officer-in-Charge), December 1999 - February 2000
Dr. Benjamin G. Tayabas, 24 February 2000 – 1 August 2007
Atty. Jose M. Roy III, (Acting President) 23 February 2006 – 31 May 2006
Atty. Adel A. Tamano, 4 August 2007 – 30 November 2009
Atty. Rafaelito M. Garayblas (Officer-in-Charge), 1 December 2009–Present

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