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On PLM Presidency - An Open Letter to Manila Mayor Estrada

By Willie Jose
February 26, 2018


Dear Sir:
We would like to request you, our dear Mayor Estrada if you could possibly appoint an alumnus of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila to be president of this university.

The prospect of having an alumnus/alumna at the top helm of the PLM is a idea whose time has come-- and what a great honor seeing an alumnus now running the affairs of his former school to the delight of the rest of the university’s stakeholders: students, faculty members, and the thousands of its alumni.

It’s about time that the PLM appointed one of its former students to take hold of the presidency; these alumni have acquired the skills, competence, and integrity through their years of working in big private and public firms, here and abroad.

An alumnus getting the top post of the school could bring new ideas on how to turn the PLM into a truly “ People’s University” where the poor but talented graduates of Manila’s public schools are given the hope of breaking their cycle of poverty.

In a sense, whosoever is appointed to the university’s top post will surely be an asset to the PLM in managing its affairs and carrying out policies.

Since its opening in 1967, the PLM has been turning out top caliber professionals whose integrity and competence is beyond reproach; in short, we don’t lack qualified alumni who can measure up to the challenges of the PLM presidency.

Though most of our graduates have come from the poor families; they’ve become successful in their chosen fields of endeavors:  doctors, engineers, deans, accountants, professors, nurses, media men, bureaucrats, and businessmen. These alumni are now making waves, so to speak, in our community, thus they are truly the pride of the PLM.

Well, we are grateful too that some of the alumni have been given a chance to teach in our school. And some of these graduates have even thanked their former-alumni professors via Facebook and Internet, telling them how grateful they are having been taught by their excellent mentors.

These alumni’s desire to give their best shots in serving their beloved university has been shown by the number of projects they have so far initiated—scholarship programs, book donation, setting up of the Enterprise building, the construction of the Villegas bust, raising funds to help alumni who are in need.

Aside from their professional competence, most important of all, their integrity is beyond reproach--- through the years, not one among its thousands of alumni has been imprisoned because of involvement in some anomaly.

We are making this appeal because we are not the sorts of alumni who would resort to mass actions –demonstrations and rallies—to agitate the people to side with us in demanding some concessions from the school.

We are simply appealing to reason, that maybe this is the right time to do that kind of appointment because many decades have passed, there are now qualified alumni ready to manage their beloved alma mater.

The irony of it all, some of us have become deans of other schools, managers of top private and public corporations, holders of masters and doctoral degrees—why don’t you try us or give us some break and prove ourselves to all that we can really be of great help to our beloved alma mater?


Willie Jose

Toronto, PLM Class ‘67

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