During the National Convention of the Philippine Association of Social Workers Inc. with the theme: “Social Work in the 2020 and beyond”. Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara was awarded for his outstanding governance and exemplary leadership in the field of Social Welfare and Development last, November 19, 2019 at the Legazpi City Convention Center, Legazpi City

The said award was given by PASWI as an honor for the delivery of comprehensive and inclusive programs and services that contributed to the improvement of lives of marginalized sectors and the socio-economic growth and development of the province in general.