The release of the results of the 2020/2021 Bar examinations last April 12, 2022 (Tuesday) was a fete in itself as COA Regional Office No. 02 proudly congratulates all its seven (7) state auditors who successfully passed the first-ever digitalized and localized Bar examinations administered by the Supreme Court (SC) last February 4 and 6, 2022.
Based on the Official List of Successful Examinees that was released by the SC, the COAns who showed courage, grit, resilience made it to this year’s bar examination are the following:
- BACCAY, Emmanuel G. – State Auditor III / OIC ATL
- BARSABAL, Melchito U. – State Auditor III / OIC ATL
- BINALAY, Ramjie P. – State Auditor III / OIC ATL
- CARONAN, Rhoda Marie B. – State Auditor II, ATM
- CHUA, Lyka Josefa S. – State Auditor III / OIC ATL
- DE LA CRUZ, Joan Maricel D. – State Auditor I / ATM
- GAUUAN, Shirilyn D. – State Auditor II / ATM
Among the successful passers, Ms. Gauuan earned recognition for exemplary performance after obtaining a grade ranging from 85% to 90%.
Based on records, Ms. Gauuan, along with Mr. Baccay from PSAO Nueva Vizcaya, were grantees of this year’s Study Leave Program under COA Resolution No. 2002-002 dated February 7, 2002, as amended by COA Resolution No. 2004-001A dated January 27, 2004.
The program, among others, authorized the grantee to: (1) avail himself/herself of the study leave on a full time basis for a period not exceeding six months on official time; (2) continuously receive his/her salary and all authorized allowances or benefits; (3) enjoy continuous services during the period of the study leave and (4) earn the corresponding leave credits.
This year’s Bar had a passing rate of 72.28%, just second to the 1954 Bar with 75.17%. It is also the first online and regionalized Bar and the biggest ever, with 11,402 examinees, as two batches of law graduates participated.
The several waves of the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 Bar – the first time in history – that it skipped a year.
Lastly, instead of the usual practice of publishing the names of the passers with the highest grades, the SC listed the schools in terms of performance and the names of the top passers categorized into either excellent or exemplary, without specifying their grades.