2000 Boy Scout of the Philippines Best Over-All Local Council
2000 AKAP Outstanding mayor in Region IV
2000 Civil Service Commission Outstanding City Mayor
2000 GMMSF Recognition Award in Gov’t Service
2001 Dept. of Health Outstanding Local Executive
2002 Presidential Award The Cleanest & Greenest Local Gov’t
2002 Ten Outstanding Young Achievers Young Achievers Awardee
2003 Mary Kay Philippines Woman With a Heart
2005 Gawad Suri Award Exemplary Public Servant
2005 Government of Jersey City, NJ, USA Honorable Key
2005 International Association of Pediatric Dentistry Exemplary Public Servant
2005 Bright Smiles Bright Futures (Australia) Bright Smiles Bright Futures Award
2005 UP College of Public Health Alumni Society Honorary Member
2005 Pamilyang Pilipino Organization Inc (Ateneo) Huwarang Pilipino Award
2005 Regional Sandugo Outstanding Mayor Hall of Fame
2005 Lipa City Public College (Batangas, Philippines) Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa
2006 Unlad Pilipinas Award Unlad Pilipinas Award
2006 Survey among Filipino students #1 – Positive Youth Role Model
2006 Dept. of Social Welfare Development Outstanding City Mayor
2006 National Association of Dental Trade Inc. Gawad Munting Ngiti Awardee
2007 People Asia Magazine People of the Year
2007 BAYI Exemplary Women
2007 The National Voluntary Blood Services Outstanding Local Gov’t Exec
2008 FAMAS Exemplary Award
2009 University of North Eastern Philippines (Iriga) Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa
2009 Malacanang Palace One of the “Culture Friendly” LGUs
2009 PEMSEA Recognition of Local Government
2010 Reader’s Digest Asia Most Trusted Filipino in Survey – #17
2010 NCCT and the Department of Education Lifetime Achievement Award
2010 Gawad Suri Exemplary Award
2011 Go Negosyo, Babae Kapuso Ka ng Bayan Starpreneur Awardee
2012 Pampelikulang Samahan ng mga Dalubguro Gawad PASADO sa Serbisyo Publiko
2012 Community Based Monitoring System Outstanding Local Gov’t Exec
2012 Philippine Civil Service (PCS) Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award
2012 DoE (for public education-related projects) In Appreciation Award
2013 Batangueña Achiever Achiever for Public Service
2013 17th ANF, City Albay Provincial Outstanding Provincial Governor
2013 Police Provincial Office (PPO) Awards PPO Citation
2013 The Movie Writers Welfare Foundation Gintong Palad Public Service Awards
2014 Batangas State University (Batangas, Philippines) Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa
2014 Tagapangulo ng Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino Kampeon ng Wikang Filipino Award
2015 Ang Gawad Sulo ng Bayan (Calabarzon Region) Pinakamahusay na Gobernador