The Professional Regulation Commission conferred the Outstanding Professional Librarian of the Year Award on Nora Fe Hilojanes Alajar on 20 June 2013. The citation reads:
For her more than 40 years of untiring and relentless efforts in making the Davao City Library a beacon of hope and a benchmark of excellence for public libraries all over the country; for her innovativeness and creativeness initiating projects like Magbasa Ta aimed to bring the Davao City Library activities beyond the confines of its walls to ensure that it serves its residents with; for her dedication and commitment as a public servant working for the inclusion and approval in the City Government's Annual Budget provisions for its library activities such as Book Talks, Reading Programs and Story-Telling events and the improvement of public libraries by turning them into public access hubs for information through the inclusion of her Library in the 'Beyond Access' program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; for her dedication as an educator, she established a Children's Nook and Internet Services and fostered good relations, as an ambassador of the community, with the Embassy of the United States, by making the City Library a recipient of the American Shelf Project, an outreach program of the United States aimed to educate the public about the country, and culture and traditions; and for her selfless dedication and determination in improving the quality of education in her community serving as a brilliant example to librarians and public servants nationwide.
Thanks to Elvie Lapuz for providing the citation. The photo is from Ms. Alajar's Facebook account.