Traditional medicine throughout the world recognizes the significance of therapeutic massage in managing stress, illness or chronic ailments. It contributes to a higher sense of general well-being. Hence, the Department of Health ensures 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.
This year’s oath taking ceremony was headed by Department of Health Region Office XI-Training Section together with Philippine Association of Licensed Massage Therapists (PALMT) represented by Dr. Jeilyn Savellano, Board Member and Mr. Felipe Rommel Martinez, PALMT-National President, also guest coming from Accredited Training Institution (HIMAS Asian Wellnes & Spa Therapeutic Academy and Ventura College of Natural Health & Science), City Tourism Office represented by Mr. Seigfred Tumanda and Ms. Sunshine Arnaiz.
Every DOH massage therapist has a story to tell of their own struggle towards being a professional. From studying 500 hours of basic instructions on the 5 subject areas where Anatomy and Physiology is one, to the mind boggling written examination and nerve-wracking oral practical examination under the scrutinizing eyes of the Committee of Examiners for Massage Therapist (CEMT) assessors. The months of their hard works finally bear fruit.
Out of 96 aspiring examinees last June and August 2017 for the written and oral/practical examination only 38 examinees passed with a total of 39.58% passing rate in Davao region.
Mr. Felipe Rommel Martinez, PALMT National President, embold their mind with an inspiring message and quoted then as “Mandirigma” since out of 2000 examinees only 600 pursued to take the examination even though it was rescheduled to August 2017 due to the declaration of Martial Law.
In the region there are 3 topnotchers among the 38 newly registered licensed massage therapists namely: Mr. John Michael Dacula, 4th placer, Ms. Lanie G. Cedrone, 3rd placer and Mr. Jet D. Valencia, 2nd placer.
Lastly, Dr. Jeilyn Savellano, PALMT Board Member reiterated to the newly license massage therapist to uphold the ethical, technical, moral and professional standards of their profession.
Para Patuloy Tayong Magiging Panatag sa Kamay ng Isang Licensed Massage Therapist!Crissa Amilou C. Rivera, RN