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DOH seeks professionalization of massage therapy industry

Jun. 15, 2010

DAVAO CITY—The Department of Health (DOH) is seeking to uphold the massage therapy profession by promoting and standardizing the licensure exam for massage therapists.

According to Marialyn Avanceña, Nurse 3 of the Human Resources Development Unit of DOH Southern Mindanao, they are encouraging massage therapists to acquire their license from the DOH.

Most massage therapists have gotten their National Certificate (NC) Level 2 from Technical Skills Development Authority (Tesda). However, Avanceña said that having an NC-2 is not tantamount to having a license from the DOH.

“Maybe after getting your license from the DOH, you can proceed to specialize like then get a NC-2,” Avanceña said.

Massage licensure exams are more comprehensive than NC-2. And topics touch on anatomy, physiology, micro-pathology, foundations, applications and legal background of massage therapy.

The licensure exams are held twice a year in key cities like Manila, Cebu and Davao.

The importance of having a license lies in Presidential Decree 856, an old law that mandates that massage clinics, spas and saunas must have at least one licensed massage therapist manning the establishment.

Tess Tatara, executive director of the International Nykr Academy, a Cebu-based massage-therapy review and training center, said that there are currently only a few licensed therapists hence local government units and the DOH cannot be pressured to implement the law.

She noted that many license-takers have difficulty grappling with the subject as most of them are only high school graduates. The DOH has commissioned a group from UP-Manila to study, observe and make recommendations to standardize the licensure exam.

Tatara agrees with Avanceña that it is better to get the DOH license first before specializing in TESDA courses as proven in overseas employment where employers prefer looking at the massage license.

“NC-2 is not enough proof that you had undergone sufficient training. The proof that they are looking is your massage license,” Tatara said.

Aside from overseas employment, Tatara said that having a license means they are professional and can demand minimum wage. She noted that most therapists are paid only by commission basis. Most days, there are no customers for the day and they receive no pay.

Tatara said that there is a rapid growth in the industry as spas and other establishments are sprouting up employing many therapists.

Meanwhile Avanceña said that the thrust of the DOH now is to ladderize the said licensure program. Once they can pass the exams they can step up to take a Physical Therapy Course which in turn is a pre-med course where interested therapists can proceed to take up medicine. (PIA XI)

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  • hey..love your blog.. hope you could do a blog tesda courses in manila too… thanks.. great blog..

  • good evening to aspirant im just asking what is the requirements of lic.massage therapist exam.and should under grad.of secondary can avail this exam? if yes this kind of profession is not considered professional lic.?

  • jet tan

    tanong lang sa taga DOH kay marialyn avancena?pano mo ipakuha ang license exam?sa hindi pa naka daan nang training or tapos na mag training?kung sa hindi pa naka trining mo ipakuha ang exam ang tangan mo naman magbibigay ka nag exam sa walang malay sa massage therapy.mag aral ka nga uli.itong isa naman tatara sabi d daw sufficient ang training sa tesda siniraan pa ang tesda.saan ba dapat mag training sa school mo?mahiya nga kayo dalawa,,

  • vanessa santos

    panu po ba kumuha ng license sa massage NC II ako at undergrad ako sa college at 3yrs na ring massage therapist at magkano ang fee san pwde magtake ng exam sa DoH. thanks

  • Mar Avancena

    To Mr. Jet Tan….you need to take the training first….60 contact hours of training required before you can take the exam from DOH on massage therapy. Our goal is to professionalize the massage therapy, standardized the requirement, come up with a well-equipped facility, well trained personnel to provide quality service for the safety of the public.

  • Mar Avancena

    Mr. jerry gerona, at least HS graduate age of 18 yrs old and above, and training for at least 60 hours from DOH Accredited training Institution for massage. The exam is given twice a year every 1st week of June and December…sa DOH This year 2011 on December it’ll be in Davao

  • Dale

    Thank for this information it’s very helpful.

  • hello people may nc-2 naa ako massage therapist from tesda.i heard and confermed handspring school lang ang accredited sa d.o.h.sa davao city.bakit ba iba school wala bang permit or license to teach human anatomy or requirement para mag kuha ng LMT-LIC.MASSAGE THERAPIST?.HINDI NAMAN BIG SCHOOL ANG HANDSPRING.AT HINDI RECOGNIZED SA CHED OR DECS.ANG SCHOOL NA ITO.SANA ACCEPT NILA SA D.O.H.ITONG TUNAY NA SCHOOL RECOGNIZED SA DECS OR TESDA/OR CHED.SALAMAT PO

  • rose

    paano po ba kumuha ng license sa d.o.h..if ever makagraduate aq ng profesional therapist sa isang school?tnx po

  • nelson gantuangco

    magkano poh ang enrollment ng massage thiraphy.. poh ang ilang month or years pag-aralan yun… gosto ko poh sanang kumuha.

  • george garilao gero

    to professionalized the name massage therapist license is only the PRC agencyLICENSING ,not the DOH…you know what.,Hindi magasto sa exam. only you have to pay the registration of 900.—-pero sa kanila magastos ng 10,000 pesos or more. dapat sana sinong gustong kumuha ng license massage therapist yong may TESDA NC-2 OR yong inline course of massage. yon lang kailangan para maka exam. atleast hindi magasto

  • george garilao gero

    alam nyo si rose sexy pala sya may pagka chabe—-pero maganda sya…nasa smile therapy sya sa magallanes st,davao city

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