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Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to conduct the 2021 bar examinations in Mindanao in addition to venues in Metro Manila and Cebu City.

“Since the SC has set the next exams for November next year, the court will have sufficient time to designate a city in Mindanao as an additional test venue,” he said.

Rodriguez said the tribunal earlier announced that other than Metro Manila, where it has been administering the test for law graduates, the next exams would be conducted for the first time outside the National Capital Region in Cebu City to lessen the cost for examinees.

“For aspiring lawyers in Mindanao, taking the exams in Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, or General Santos City would mean lesser expenses compared to traveling and staying for at least a month for the Pre week bar review in Cebu City or in Manila,” he said.

Rodriguez pointed out that assuming the vaccine is already available or the Covid-19 pandemic is already over by November next year, people would still be suffering from loss of jobs and income and from incurring higher amounts of personal and household expenses due to the health crisis.

“So definitely, having the exams in more accessible and affordable places would benefit not only law graduates but their families as well,” he stressed.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court announced that the next text would be held in November 2021. The venues would be identified in a later announcement.

It will not conduct exams this year due to be pandemic.

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