IBP Cebu City urges Supreme Court to postpone Bar exam in Odette-hit areas

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AT LEAST 432 barristers from six law schools in Cebu City want to postpone the 2020-2021 Bar examination scheduled on January 16, 23, 30, and February 6, 2022, in areas devastated by Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai).

This partial survey of law students scheduled to take the Bar is contained in a joint resolution issued by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu City Chapter, which has urged the Supreme Court to reschedule the exams in typhoon-hit areas to a later date.

The law students are from the University of Cebu (UC), University of San Carlos (USC), University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), University of the Visayas (UV) and Southwestern University (SWU).

IBP Cebu City Chapter, in its resolution, states that the three Bar examination venues–UC, USC and USJ-R–have "sustained physical damage and lost electrical, water, and internet connection. Although the repairs are ongoing to ensure that the testing sites will be ready for use, the restoration of electricity, water, and internet remains to be a concern."

"A majority of the barristers in Cebu, Bohol, Southern Leyte, and other areas in Mindanao have suffered from the effects of the typhoon and have not only lost focus in their preparation but had to use their resources they have supposedly prepared for the Bar Examinations to rebuild their homes and provide for their families," it added.

IBP Cebu City further said there is "equal concern for court personnel and lawyers who have volunteered to be proctors during the Bar examination" because they too have been affected by Typhoon Odette, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines in 2021.

The lawyers' group and Cebu law school deans praised the SC's decision to decentralize and computerize the Bar examination; however, there is a need for a postponement of the examination in Odette-hit areas.

The joint resolution, unanimously approved on December 30, 2021, will be sent to Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, the Bar chairman.

Signatories include IBP Cebu City Chapter president Michelle Mendez-Palmares, and College of Law deans Jonathan Capanas of USJ-R, Jose Glenn Capanas of USC, Al-Shwaid Ismael of UC, Peter Canamo of USPF, Joseph Randi Torregosa of UV, Godwin Manginsay of SWU. (KAL)

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