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Thousands Of Massage Therapists May Be Affected By "No License, No Massage" Rule

Thousands Of Massage Therapists May Be Affected By “No License, No Massage” Rule

| On 06, Jan 2018

Thousands of massage therapists in the country may be affected by the rule of Department of Health about “no license, mo massage” order.

The order was actually issued in 2010 but put on hold by a moratorium. It was lifted on December 2017.

“No person is authorized to practice massage as a profession in the Philippines without holding a valid certificate of registration f issued by the CEMT (Committee of Examiners for Massage Therapy) and approved by the Secretary of Health,” a part of the administrative order reads.

A lawmaker already urged the DOH to lift the order since the wellness industry has since been providing a living for people.

Senator Koko Pimentel, on the other hand, suggested that the health agency should collaborate with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to come up with the solution to provide training that won’t hurt the pockets.

“Imposing unreasonably restrictive requirements on LMTs (licensed massage therapists) could negatively impact an industry that employs thousands of our citizens, including Filipinos with disabilities,” Pimentel said.

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