97 massage therapists take licensure exams

BAGUIO CITY — At least 97 massage therapists including 13 visually impaired from different parts of Luzon took the nationwide licensure examination in Baguio City recently.

The examination given by the Department of Health is in compliance with Department of Health Administrative Order 2010-0034 which states, “No person is authorized to practice massage as a profession in the Philippines without holding a valid Certificate of Registration issued by the Committee and approved by the Department of Health” .

This is to ‘ensure that only qualified individuals enter the regulated profession and that the care and services which the massage therapists provide are within the standards of practice’.

Ten examinees came from Asian Wellness Spa Academy (AWSA) in Baguio City, nine from Region IV-A Spa Career Development Training Center, 31 from Central Luzon Alternative Health Development (CLAHD) and 47 from the Occupational Oikegeniea Providers Corporation (OOPC).

According to OOPC head and exam facilitator Rebecca Tarcelo, the examinees earlier passed the theoretical or written examination last December 2015, the first of two phases of the examination.

Tarcelo said the second phase is the oral/practical examination which consists of the Pre-Massage, Massage Proper and Post Massage Phase.

The result of the said examination will be released on February 12./JDP/RMC & Abegail Clemente-PIA/UC Intern


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