MANILA - A total of 8,701 individuals are expected to flock to the University of Santo Tomas in Manila to take the bar exams on all Sundays of November, the highest number of takers in recent years, the Supreme Court said Wednesday.
This year's Bar Examinations Committee is headed by Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo, who declined his nomination for the Chief Justice post because his work at the body will conclude months prior to his retirement.
The high tribunal has prepared buses to transport examinees from several pickup points and will deploy personnel in case of heavy rains during the exams set to start this weekend, said Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant Ma. Cristina Layusa.
In case of a heavy downpour, buses will be stationed in the following spots as early as 4:30 a.m. and will leave exactly at 5 a.m., with boarding on a first come, first served basis:
- Quezon City Memorial Circle near Philippine Coconut Authority (two buses);
- Park and Ride, Lawton, Manila (one bus);
- SC New Building Compound, Taft Avenue (two buses);
- Greenbelt and Glorietta malls at, Ayala Center, Makati (two buses);
- Marikina Sports Complex (one bus).
To avail of the service, examinees and personnel must present their Notice of Admission, Gate Pass and/or identification cards to the bus driver before being allowed to board.
Commuter vans will also be provided to transport bar candidates and personnel from the UST gates to their respective examination buildings in case of flooding. These vehicles will also be available to bring them back to Osmeña and Arellano Drives near UST's Gate 5 along España where the shuttle buses shall be parked.
Drop off areas of the shuttle buses are at the QC Memorial Circle, Park and Ride in Lawton, the Supreme Court premises, under the EDSA Magallanes Flyover, Ayala Center in Makati, and the Marikina Sports Complex.
Last year, 6,748 individuals took the bar exams, considered the toughest professional licensure examinations in the country. Some 1,724 passed the test.
- report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News