Legitimate masseurs seek city regulation

Forty-five trained and duly accredited masseurs sought the intervention of Mayor Felipe “Ipe” Remollo and the City Council to crack down on those who are allegedly operating illegally jeopardizing their livelihood.

In a letter addressed to Mayor Remollo, the members of the Dumaguete Masseurs Association and the Dumaguete Zone Therapy Association duly registered with the Department of Labor and Employment and the City Government expressed their “grievance against groups allegedly organized and supervised by certain Mr. Leo Macalipay believed to be operating illegally.”

Councilor Alan Cordova agrees that the proliferation of groups offering massage therapy must be regulated as it should not be permissible for any individual to earn money on government properties such as the Rizal Boulevard and Quezon Park without the necessary permits.

There are also concerns raised on the hygiene and level of skills of the masseurs who are competing with those duly trained from Cebu City and accredited by the Department of Health.

Any malfeasance or malpractice of any of the self-proclaimed masseurs will adversely affect the legitimate practitioners and harm the service industry that has been growing in popularity among tourists.

Remollo is expected to meet with the feuding groups of masseurs, legitimate or otherwise; while the City Council will look into the enactment of policies to protect the livelihood of the legitimate practitioners. (By Dems Demecillo)

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