Incentives set for lawyers who volunteer services in 2022 Bar examinations — IBP

Published August 11, 2022, 11:35 AM

by Jeffrey Damicog

Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said it will offer incentives to lawyers who will volunteer to assist the Supreme Court (SC) in the conduct of the 2022 online and regionalized Bar examinations and for every year thereafter.

In a resolution approved by its Board of Governors last Aug. 5, the IBP said the incentives include the waiving of the rendition of 120 hours of legal aid service, and attendance to one IBP regional or national convention as IBP lifetime membership requirements.

It said that lawyers who will volunteer in the Bar examinations should have “a certification of such service attested to by Supreme Court-designated Chairman of the Bar Examination for a particular year and shall be submitted to the IBP as part of the documents in support of such lawyer’s application for Lifetime Membership.

However, the IBP said “the other requirements relative to the application for Lifetime Membership shall still be complied with by such lawyer.”

The SC has yet to announce the dates of the 2022 online and regionalized Bar examinations in November.

Earlier, the SC had announced it needs judiciary employees and lawyers to act as local bar personnel and assist in the conduct of the 2022 online Bar examinations to be held in November in 14 testing centers nationwide.

Needed are floor supervisors, head proctors, proctors, and runners in every testing center based on an announcement issued by Amor P. Entila, officer-in-charge of the SC’s Office of the Bar Confidant (OBC), with the approval of Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa, chairperson of the 2022 Bar examinations committee.

The deadline for application is on August 22.

Qualified as local bar personnel are judiciary employees – including those with permanent, coterminous, casual, and contractual appointments – lawyers not working in the judiciary, fully vaccinated and have received at least one booster dose before October 15, 2022, not teaching in any law school or law review centers, have a LandBank account in one’s own name (for judiciary employees only), and have no relatives by consanguinity or affinity within the fourth civil degree who will take the exams in the same testing center where the personnel will serve.

Applications will be considered only from judiciary employees and lawyers who apply in the region where they are currently residing.

The OBC’s announcement stated: “… queries or concerns regarding Bar Personnel matters, you may contact the OBC at [email protected] or (0966) 319-1105. For ease of documentation and reference, kindly copy furnish [email protected] in all email communications.”