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Nas Academy reconciles with Apo Whang-od, Kalinga Community

Global online learning platform Nas Academy visited Apo Whang-od and the Kalinga Community in Buscalan to formalize their reconciliation.

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Nas Academy visited Apo Whang-od and the Butbut Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples in Buscalan to formalize their reconciliation.

TINGLAYAN, KALINGA - Global online learning platform Nas Academy visited Maria Oggay, also known as Apo Whang-od, and the Butbut Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) in Barangay Buscalan, Municipality of Tinglayan, Kalinga to formalize their reconciliation.

The customary process was arranged by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) after dialogues with Nas Academy.

National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) CAR Director IV Atty Marlon Bosantog (right) and Nas Academy Head for Philippine Operations Jacqueline Maye Lim (left) share a moment with Apo Whang-Od (middle) as they witness song and dance ceremonies of the Butbut Tribe during the reconciliation meeting.

The NCIP, through the Office on Education, Culture and Health (OECH) and the Office of Empowerment and Human Rights (OEHR) is mandated to ensure that the rights to cultural integrity of our ICCs/IPs are recognized, respected, promoted, and protected. After meeting with the Nas Academy team and hearing their side, it was decided to finally put this issue to rest by using the customary laws and practices on conflict resolution, healing, and reconciliation.

The meeting took place in the community in Buscalan and was attended by all parties including Apo Whang-od, her family, IP Elders and community members, as well as representatives from the NCIP, House of Representatives and Nas Academy.

Nas Academy Head of Philippine Operations Jacqueline Maye Lim shares some messages before the Butbut Tribe and NCIP Chairperson Allen Capuyan, NCIP CAR Director IV Atty Marlon Bosantog and Apo Whang-Od during the reconciliation meeting.

"We went to the Kalinga community to humbly pay our respects to Apo Whang-Od, her family, and the entire community. We are honored to meet with all the chiefs of the five communities of the Butbut tribe leaders of the different barangays including Buscalan Village Chief Leon Baydon through the help of NCIP. We had an open discussion in front of the whole community to understand one another, came to a resolution and then decided on how to move forward. We are grateful to NCIP for organizing and joining us in this gathering as well as the chairperson of the House of Representatives' Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples for joining us in the trip," says Jacqueline Maye Lim, Nas Academy Head of Philippine Operations, who led her team.

(Left to Right) Nas Academy Head of Philippine Operations Jacqueline Maye Lim, National Commission for Indigenous People (NCIP) Provincial Office Representative Atty. Catherine Apaling, and Butbut Tribal Elder Mr. Miguel Atumpa discuss the customs and traditions of the Butbut Tribe during the reconciliation meeting.

The event ended with the partaking of the shared meal as a sign of healing and reconciliation according to the customs and tradition of the Butbut ICCs/IPs.

The community, through their elders thanked Nas Academy for their sincere apology and reiterated that they must follow the procedures since the art of tattooing is not solely practiced by Apo Whang-Od or the Butbut ICCs/IPs, it is shared across the multiple ICCs/IPs in Kalinga province.

During the community meeting, Chairperson Allen A. Capuyan emphasized the importance of using the Customary Laws and Practices in resolving conflict which is restorative and not punitive thereby attaining healing and reconciliation.

Kalinga Rep. Allen Jesse C. Mangaoang further conveyed the request of the tribal elders that the contract previously signed by Apo Whang-od with Nas Academy be declared null and void, and was later affirmed by Nas Academy Legal Team.

(Left to Right) NCIP Chariman Allen Capuyan, NCIP Commissioner for Central Mindanao Bae Jennifer "Limpayen" Sibug-las, Nas Academy Head of Philippine Operations Jacqueline Maye Lim, and Kalinga Representative and House of Representatives Committee Chair on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples Rep. Allen Jesse C. Mangaoang gather during the reconciliation meeting.

Nas Academy Country Head Atty. Josabeth "Joji" Alonso who is also the lead legal counsel for the Philippines added that "the Philippines is very close to Nas Academy's heart, and they will always strive for truth and fairness in all their endeavors. As educators, they intend to teach by example and this initiative, which is anchored on humility and respect, is by far one of the best values they can demonstrate and teach their students."

"Nas Academy has always been a fan of the Philippines and will always continue to be. Now that everything is behind us, I am excited for how Nas Academy will transform the way millions people learn in the Philippines and outside of it," concludes Nuseir Yassin, CEO and founder of Nas Academy.

Nas Academy aspires to build a community of Filipino educators and learners by offering courses on personal development, small business empowerment, and content creation on their platform. Nas Academy Philippines also launched Community Classes in September, benefiting 7,000 students in its first month. The said community classes will continue to be offered free of charge on top of courses from local and international creators, in hope of making a positive impact to the lives of Filipinos through education.

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