Over the years, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila has become a powerful name. It is a brand in itself. Recognizing the brand equity the school has earned, the current management team’s unbridled enthusiasm turn on everyone to collaborate in making the “Pamantasan” truly the People’s University. This means, on the one hand, bringing the institution closer to the hearts of the people it serves – the scholars, parents and the citizenry of Manila. On the other hand, this involves refocusing the attitudes of the institution’s faculty and the manpower towards the concept of collective ownership, while at the same time upgrading the physical requirements of the university to be a technology-intensive institution. Further, this means installing for free additional computers and internet facilities and beefing up the library collection towards becoming an e-library.
The Management of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila gears robustly in galvanizing the university into a higher dimension of intellectual leverage as it continues to explore new and better horizons and conceptualize bright ideas in scaling new and greater heights for the University. It is on this context that the Top Management keeps itself on the right track of developing new strategies and plans that endeavor to continuously uplift the mark of excellence and distinction of PLM. Such innovative undertakings aim to increase the intellectual competitiveness and skills proficiency of the Pamantasan scholars. As eloquently explained in the University Code, "It is axiomatic that an institution of higher learning which lays claim to academic excellence, as well as responsiveness to fast-changing social environment, must itself change and grow. It cannot afford to be straightjacketed by its academic cocoon woven by prior minds, no matter how bright, in responding, in their own way, to situations no longer part of new and changed realities."
The University Officials
Board of Regents: The highest policy-making body of the University upon which the governance of the University is exclusively vested by operation of law, including the authority to exercise corporate powers as defined by the Corporation Code of the Philippines.
Chief Executive Officer
University President: The chief executive officer who oversees the policy implementation as defined by the Board of Regents, and administers the overall affairs of the University including its triadic functions or tri-focal mandate of instruction/scholarship, research and community extension/social services. All officers, faculty members and employees of the University are responsible to and under the direction of the President, through their respective unit heads and the Executive Vice President.
Pursuant to the stipulations of Sec. 10, RA No. 4196, the University President is elected by the Regents from among themselves.
Chief Operating Officer
Executive Vice President: Assists the President in the overall management of the University and serves as its chief operating officer. Designated by the Board of Regents upon recommendation of the President, he actively participates in the direction and coordination of activities pertaining to or affecting both the academic and administrative services of the University. He oversees and supervises the Vice-Presidents and their subordinates, and further enjoys such power that may be conferred upon him by the Board of Regents. (Art. 53, 2005 University Code)
Vice-President for Academic Affairs: Assists the EVP in implementing and carrying out the educational and institutional development plans, and in achieving academic excellence through quality instruction.
Vice-President for Administration: Assists the EVP in supervising university services and physical facilities, and in-charge of administrative support system for all operations of the University.
Vice-President for Finance and Planning: Assists the EVP in the budget planning and financial management system, as well as fund generation, and supervises the preparation of the University's institutional development plan.
Vice-President for Public Affairs: Assists the EVP on matters of external and public concerns.
The vice-presidents currently occupy permanent administrative items, in contrast with their superior (Executive Vice President) who is usually designated by the governing board (Board of Regents) and is co-terminus with the term of the University President during which such designation was made, unless otherwise earlier withdrawn for cause or resignation.
Secretary of the University [and of the Board of Regents]: Designated by the Board of Regents, on nomination of the University President, to serve as Board Secretary and to keep such records of the University as may be designated by the Board. He takes custody of the corporate seal of Pamantasan, and assists the President in the preparation of the consolidated annual report of the University.
Presidential Executive Assistants: Head Executive Assistant, Chief Executive Staff and the Presidential Assistant for Special Concerns.
Directors of Specialized (Presidential) Centers: ICTO and CUES
Chiefs of Offices (Academic Support Units, Financial Support Units and Administrative Offices)
Deans of Colleges and Schools, and Directors of Units under the Colleges
Assistant Deans, College Secretaries, Department Chairmen and Leadpersons
The Administrative Units
Any academic institution could not function and deliver its tri-focal mandate pertaining to academic, research and extension services without the support of administrative services from the various administrative units. The importance of and the significant role that these administrative units are carrying in the realization of the triadic functions of the University depict the emphasis for the sustainability of the operations of the University.
The hierarchy of the University Administration relies heavily on the competent and pragmatic delivery of services of these administrative sector in order to maintain the delivery of high quality education by the academic sector of the University. They are very crucial in the performance of the academic functions of a university.
Functions of the Administrative Units
The administrative agencies and offices of the University function primarily for the purpose of servicing the education program of the institution. Their relationship with the faculty is therefore on the basis of a sympathetic and intelligent interest in the work of all departments with due consideration to the policies and needs of the institutions as a center of learning.
The Specialized (Presidential) Centers
The administrative units are complemented by the various specialized presidential centers of the University, each are headed by a director. These centers specialize on respective fields and disciplines which are along the main agenda and priority development thrusts of PLM, and are of utmost importance that have a great bearing on the performance of the functions of the University and in the delivery of services; or those that are valued to be along and are critical to the successful achievement of the development thrusts of the University. Given the important role it plays in the overall direction of the University, the specialized presidential centers were created directly under the Office of the President, until 2008 when those were placed under the Office of the Executive Vice President, and in 2013 were transferred under the supervision of the Office of the University and Board Secretary. By October 2014, those were intended to be reconveyed to the Office of the President.
1. Presidential Support Units
(Directly reporting to the President)
Office of the President (OPres)
Office of the Executive Vice President (OEVP)
Office of the Secretary of the University and of the Board of Regents (OSecU, with a line of coordination with the Board of Regents)
2. Offices of the Vice Presidents
Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA)
Office of the Vice President for Administration (OVPA)
Office of the Vice President for Finance & Planning (OVPFP)
Office of the Vice President for External Affairs (OVPEA)
3. Specialized (Presidential) Centers
Center for University Extension Services (CUES)
Information Technology Services Office (ITSO, formerly Information Technology Center)
4. Academic Support Units
(Under the Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs)
Office of the University Registrar (OUR)
University Guidance Center (UGC)
University Library (UL)
University Research Center (URC)
Department of Military Science & Tactics (DMST)
5. Administrative Units
(Currently under the Office of the President, formerly under the Office of the Secretary of the University and of the Board of Regents)
Office of the University Legal Counsel (OULC)
Human Resource Development Office (HRDO)
Internal Audit Office (IAO, formerly Internal Control Office)
President's Committee on Culture and Arts (PCAC, formerly part of PCACS)
President's Committee on Varsity and Community Sports (PCVCS, formerly part of PCACS)
Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO)
Office of Student Development & Services (OSDS)
(Under the Office of the Vice-President for Administration)
Physical Development and Special Projects Office (PDSPO)
Procurement Office (PO)
Property and Supplies Office (PSO)
University Health Services (UHS/Clinic)
University Security Group (USG)
University Facilities and Gymnasium Office (UFGO, formerly Gymnasium Office)
6. Finance/Planning Support Units
(under the Office of the Vice President for Finance & Planning)
Office of the Treasurer (OT)
Accounting Office (AO)
Budget and Planning Office (BPO)
Cash Office (under the Treasurer's Office)
The Academic Units
The primary academic units of the University are composed of the various undergraduate colleges, professional schools, the graduate schools and the emeritus college, all of which are under the Office of the Executive Vice-President. There is also the Mabuhay Learning Center for pre-grade children under the College of Human Development (CHD) whose academic coordinator reports to the CHD Dean.