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Tzytel Jalandoni-Castro

Tzytel Jalandoni-Castro - 2017 Nominee
Position: Peer Educator
Organization: Iloilo Provincial Hospital
Current Location: Philippines, Asia
Caregiving NC II from TESDA
The nominee overcame difficulties of unplanned pregnancy and interrupted studies by participating in the Program for Young Parents at Iloilo Provincial Hospital. As peer educator, she tells her own story to help other young parents choose FP. – Alicia Lourdes De Guzman, Behavior Change Communication Specialist at VisayasHealth Project - EngenderHealth
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In Philippines the number of teenage pregnancy is undeniably rising. As a peer educator, I give testimonies being a teen mom and a satisfied user of Family Planning Method (Implanon) myself. I encourage them to undergo FP Method to avoid unplanned second pregnancy eventually. Delivering my testimonies about the advantages of FP, makes teen moms and their boyfriend / husband come to a decision of using method of their preferences. With my small contribution through my testimonies I truly believe that it could have a huge effect to their decision making and definitely their future plans in building their families as young parents.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I grew up in a small family; my father, mother, sister and me. My father raised us very well, and gave us all the opportunities in life.
As a teen mom, raising only a son, gives my husband and I the chance to provide his needs and wants.
Through my experiences I want to show to other teen-moms-to-be the positive effect of planning their families and prevention of unplanned pregnancy.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

As a PYP Champion (Peer Educator) at the Iloilo Provincial Hospital (IPH), I lead the teen moms in the Gender Game and Family Planning during the Program for Young Parents, every Wednesdays. Together with our midwife, we discuss to them some sessions (like Family Planning and Methods, Breastfeeding, Gender, & Life Skills), before giving birth to prepare them to become a responsible mothers. I lead the activities in every session to make our discussion lively and understandable.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Being a Peer educator under the Program for Young Parents the $1000 can used as an addtional fund in providing enough visual aids or props such as television and DVD's during the conduct of every sessions. Because what we see with our eyes is different from what we only hear.

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