THE Manila City government is making sure that aspiring lawyers will not be distracted when they begin taking the bar on November 9.
It issued an executive order imposing a liquor ban, prohibiting ambulant vendors, and requiring noise control within the 500-meter radius of San Beda University and De La Salle University during the four days of the 2022 bar examinations.
The exams will be held on November 9, 13, 16, and 20.
The ban will be from midnight of November 8 to 10 p.m. of November 9; midnight of November 12 to 10 p.m. of November 13; midnight of November 15 to 10 p.m. of November 16; and midnight of November 19 to 10 p.m. of November 20.
The city government also said videoke and karaoke machines, loud sound systems, speakers, and other equipment emitting loud and distracting sounds would be banned from the vicinity of the bar exam venues.
The same goes for persons or groups causing loud noises.
Close to 10,000 aspiring lawyers are scheduled to take the four-day bar exams this month.
The Supreme Court said the bar would push through despite calls to postpone it in the wake of severe tropical storm Paeng that cut a swathe of destruction in four regions.
The exams will be held in 14 testing centers all over the country.
The tests will be in digitalized form instead of the traditional pen and paper format.