The University agreed to accommodate a maximum of 750 examinees for the 2023 Bar Examinations, according to the Executive Assistant of the Secretary-General on Sunday, Sept. 17.
Mr. Emmanuel Batulan told TomasinoWeb that the Supreme Court (SC) determines the number of examinees per Local Testing Centers (LTC) based upon SC's decision and request.
“The LTC's accommodation to the request is also subject to the provision [or] compliance with the indicative requirements,” he said.
There are 731 examinees in UST as of 12 noon— a part of the 10,404 examinees taking the Bar exams nationwide, the SC Public Information Office (PIO) announced.
According to the SC PIO, 10,816 candidates are expected to take the bar this year. 53.92 percent or 5,832 are first-time takers, and 4,984 are taking the examination for at least the second time.
Aside from UST, SC announced that Manila Adventist College, San Beda University in Alabang and Manila, and the University of the Philippines in Diliman and Bonifacio Global City are the other testing centers in Metro Manila.
Safety and Security
Batulan added that security during the 2023 Bar exams inside the campus cooperates with the security personnel of the Supreme Court.
He said perimeter security and traffic control were coordinated with the National Police, Fire Department, Metro Manila Development Authority, and the Manila Local Government Unit (LGU).
The Manila LGU on Monday, Sept. 11, announced the road closure of Dapitan Street, from Lacson to Padre Noval, and westbound of España Blvd. from 3:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 17, 20, and 24.
Classes goes EVM
Meanwhile, classes for the College of Fine Arts and Design, College of Architecture, UST Junior High School, College of Commerce and Business Administration shift to Enriched Virtual Mode.
The Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB), however, only suspends face-to-face classes for students at the St. Raymund de Penafort building. AB students at Buenaventura Garcia Paredes O.P. building will continue hybrid classes except for Sept 20.
During the 2022 Bar Examination, UST placed fifth among the top-performing schools with 79.87 percent.