President's Report 2009 -
Issued in 2010, the President's Report itemizes the accomplishments and activities of the Association in 2009. Read through the summary of the productive and active stewardship of the Association by President Jesus Trinos Jr. whose vast network with alumni locally and abroad he has nurtured has paid off in galvanizing the PLM alumni into concrete action with tangible results. Thereafter, President Trinos was elevated to the position of Chairman of the Board.

For pictures of PLM activities participated in or conducted by the PLMAAI, pls. refer to the Photojournal section.

PLM Alumni & Friends Extend Assistance to Typhoon Victims

The PLM Alumni Association, Inc. (PLMAAI), with generous support from alumni community worldwide, participated in various relief operations and medical missions launched by PLM in various places in Metro Manila and provinces to help our countrymen displaced by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. PLM President Adel A. Tamano made the call for help to ease the pain and suffering of people affected by the typhoons, making available PLM resources and facilities for relief efforts. The whole month of October 2009 saw the PLMAAI, led by President Jess B. Trinos, Jr., and the PLM Center for University Extension Services (CUES) through its Director, Dr. Eleanor Galvez, deliver thousands of relief bags of rice, canned goods, coffee, emergency items and clothing to areas inundated by the devastating floods. PLM officials, employees and students also got heavily involved, giving out hundreds of bags of clothing and usable emergency items, offering their time and efforts in relief and medical missions.

In all, 7 medical missions were conducted at the PLM university activity center and other affected areas in Taguig, Pandacan, Tondo, Naguilian in La Union and Rosales, Pangasinan, giving out free medicines, medical treatment and assistance to hundreds of families. Dr. Rosa Ana Banal, president of the Pamantasan Medical Graduates Association, Inc., Dr. Romulo de Villa, dean of PLM College of Medicine, Mr. Nilo Capangpangan, dean of PLM College of Nursing, other colleges and departments mobilized volunteer doctors, nurses, social workers and PLM employees in the relief efforts. PLM employees, students and alumni affected by the typhoons were also given relief goods.

Batch ’68 Development Foundation also distributed hundreds of bags of school supplies and materials to schoolchildren who lost their valuable school supplies to the floods. This community outreach effort dubbed “Balik Eskwela” complemented the relief and medical missions by helping hundreds of schoolchildren recover and lead normal school lives.

Thanks to kindhearted alumni and well-meaning friends at home and alumni groups from Canada, USA and Australia. The PLM Alumni Association, Inc. responded to the call for help, did its moral and social obligation to the community as a responsible alumni organization. The PLMAAI extends its grateful thank you and appreciation to all members and their families, and friends who helped in many, many ways to help our suffering countrymen. Sa inyong lahat, Maraming Salamat po!

Jess Trinos, Jr.

2009 year-ender report and greetings of the Alumni President

"PLM Alumni Breakthroughs"

Dear Fellow Alumni,

May I thank you for the support and cooperation you all extended to the programs, activities and events of the PLMAAI for 2009. In no small measure, this year is a successful one for the alumni community, as we tried to get involved in as many activities at PLM, and supported a number of these, with our pooled resources.

To name some of these events:
The 25-28 Feb 2009 Alumni Homecoming with the theme, PLM @ 42... Walang Kakupas-kupas
PLM 44th Foundation Anniversary celebration
PLM-PLMAAI relief and medical missions in October
Blood Donation Program on Dec 02
Alumni Fellowship on July 10 and November 20
PLMAAI participation to various college alumni group homecomings
PLMAAI donation to PLM's Dec 18 Christmas Party

Your alumni association also hosted a "thank you" lunch, 09 Dec 2009, to PLM deans and heads of offices who have been very supportive of and cooperative with our programs.

Your alumni association has made significant gains in 26 months since it was revived and reorganized, thanks to the new leadership at PLM who welcomed us back and created the right atmosphere for closer relationship.

Our presence is now recognized and strongly felt at PLM and for many good reasons; our efforts of re-engagement has paid off. But there are many more things we need to do together to sustain the momentum we have made and seize the opportunity to strenghten our ties with PLM and make it sustainable. It cannot be made by one, two or three persons alone... we all need to do our bit... we all need to work together.

As I write this email, I am happy to share the good news that the PLM-PLMAAI joint medical mission and Christmas Cheers was successfully conducted at the university activity center last Dec 22. Our fellow alumni and friends from California and Canada raised more than enough money to undertake 2 or perhaps 3 more medical missions for 2010. PLM CUES, deans and heads of offices, and students helped in many ways to make this last PLMAAI initiative a resounding success. Your quiet, dedicated efforts are truly inspiring and encouraging. Thank you very much!

As we look forward to 2010 and beyond, let us solidify and strengthen the alumni association for the common good. Let us think of how we can help our alma mater and how, together, we can be strong partners in future endeavors.

I end this message by wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May we all feel and experience the true meaning of the great and historic event on December 25.

Thank you.

Jess Trinos, Jr.

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