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SC: Examinees unable to take 2022 Bar exams may apply for refund

The Supreme Court on Thursday said that examinees who will be unable to take the 2022 Bar examinations due to severe tropical storm Paeng may apply for a refund of their fees.

In a statement, the Office of the 2022 Bar Chair said examinees may apply for a refund with the Office of the Bar Confidant through their BAR Plus registered email addresses.

“Far from impervious to the needs and struggles of the examinees who are struggling in the aftermath of STS Paeng, and as the Court fully understands that this may not restore to the affected examinees, it deems it right that examinees who may be unable to take the 2022 Bar Examines as scheduled for the foregoing reason may apply for a refund,” it said.

Examinees may also choose to apply the paid bar fees to the September 2023 Bar Examinations.

The Office of the Bar Chair said that the exams will push through as scheduled on November 9, November 13, November 16, and November 20.

It said that all testing centers and local government units indicated that they remain prepared and ready to participate in the examinations as scheduled.

The exams will be held in 14 locations, five of which are in the National Capital Region and three local testing centers each for Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, it said examinees may submit their queries regarding the refund to They may also reach out to the OBC Helpdesk at (02) 8552-96-90 or (02) 8552-96-42 for other concerns.

“The Court recognizes the great odds that lie ahead, made greater for examinees by the passing of recent storms,” it said.

“The recent tragedies suffered by the nation also betray a certain savagery to this profession — in that we must keep on in the face of devastation, and strive to endure against unprecedented loss. And yet, these odds call truer still the fact that indeed, nothing is lost while courage remains,” it added.

The number of reported fatalities due to Paeng has climbed to 150.—AOL, GMA News